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« on: April 01, 2014, 11:04 AM »

Sport Kite flying is great fun.  However, in Grand Rapids, MI, I always end up flying by myself at the park down the road from my neighborhood.  I dont really know anyone that is passionate about flying any kites other than a couple of kitesurfers in Kalamazoo.  It would be great to have a companion (or companions) to try to learn tricks, watch other styles, and try out different kites.

Is there anybody out there that wants to fly kites this spring in the West Michigan area?  At Cascade Township Park near the airport there are a couple of soccer fields, 2 baseball diamonds, and some open space that always seem to have at least some wind.  I try to hit it up after work and on weekends whenever it is windy.  Send me a msg and join me!  Jeff
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 11:24 AM »

Not sure about anyone else over there but come on out to the Great Lakes Kite festival in may. 16-18. I will be there friday through sunday. I'm from the ann arbor area, and am not home often but when I am I like to meet up with people. Myself, Jim Adkins, hopefully Steve Tapp, Vertigo (joe), some wednesday night crew from plymouth, and lots of others will be there as well. Its not from the immediate area but at least its from MI. Im sure someone is bound to know someone in the surrounding area.
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2014, 11:47 AM »

Yes, Im really hoping to make it out that event this year.  Im sure all sorts of kite heads will be attending.  Problem for me though is my wife is due May 20th with our first child, so not too likely, but we shall see!
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2014, 12:01 PM »

Newlyweds!  Smiley  Devin may not get this yet, but if you want to live to be an old married man like me, you won't be out flying kites with your wife expecting at any moment  Huh Roll Eyes Cheesy  Hope to meet you some time.  I'm three miles south of the Indiana line.  Maybe Warren Dunes some non crowded day...

Oh yes, congrats on your first!

Yes, Im really hoping to make it out that event this year.  Im sure all sorts of kite heads will be attending.  Problem for me though is my wife is due May 20th with our first child, so not too likely, but we shall see!
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2014, 07:36 PM »

i am in Niles, 3 miles north of the Indiana boarder.  Id love to meet up some time. I dont really get up that way much, but if we could meet on the lake some time in the middle, Id be up for that. Take care of that wife and baby first and give me a yell when you have time. I am pretty new too, but am starting to pick up the tricks now. we can learn together.

Dangit Steve...you're not old...

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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 08:04 PM »

If you ever make it to the Saginaw area look me up. I am presently teaching a sport kite flying class at SVSU.

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2014, 06:29 AM »

If you ever make it to the Saginaw area look me up. I am presently teaching a sport kite flying class at SVSU.

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you are teaching a sport kite flying class at a University? That is awesome.....care to share some more details on how you set that up?
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2014, 06:54 AM »

Interesting, did a little searching and found this:

http://www.svsu.edu/olli/classes-2014/cookinghobbies/

Good on you JimM  Smiley

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you are teaching a sport kite flying class at a University? That is awesome.....care to share some more details on how you set that up?
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2014, 07:18 AM »

Is there anybody out there that wants to fly kites this spring in the West Michigan area?

Check this out: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Back-2-the-Wind-Kite-Club/209246693298

Dave Bush, who leads that group, is a great guy and is based in Kalamazoo. He's the same guy who flies a Thor's Hammer kite at festivals.
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2014, 04:21 PM »

Interesting, did a little searching and found this:

http://www.svsu.edu/olli/classes-2014/cookinghobbies/

Good on you JimM  Smiley




Can we combine that class with introduction to beer style and beer appreciation?
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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2014, 04:55 PM »

Tmadz, i do have a masters in beer consumption. If you'd ever like to work on a course outline with me, i am available.


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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2014, 03:35 PM »

Ya, that's my Olli class. Beer and kites.... I like it! Heck, I used to be into making my own beer back in my graduate school days.

The Olli class ended yesterday. I taught a small group the basics. We had a blast. Now they want an intermediate dual line class!

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