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« on: May 24, 2017, 11:06 PM »

So ...do I have this right? After looking at a few web sites that advertise this years Memorial Day weekend at Wildwood, NJ ....it appears there isn't going to be ANY sport kite competition this year at all! None. ....Am I reading the information correctly?
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2017, 02:55 AM »

There wasn't any last year either. The sport kite competition got smaller and smaller and smaller until it just became unsustainable. Still plenty of sport kiters coming out to play, they just aren't competing.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2017, 07:36 AM »

I kinda suspected that! What a shame! Years ago it was a huge competition event.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 09:27 AM »

I kinda suspected that! What a shame! Years ago it was a huge competition event.
The Wildwoods event organization appeared to care little about the competition, hence its decline.

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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2017, 11:22 AM »

I think sport kite competition died a natural death -- not enough people willing to compete. I watched Wildwood go from a crowded sport kite event with multiple heats in events to, maybe, ten people running and participating in the in the competitions. (I don't compete so I must be part of the problem.)
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 12:15 PM »

I think sport kite competition died a natural death -- not enough people willing to compete. I watched Wildwood go from a crowded sport kite event with multiple heats in events to, maybe, ten people running and participating in the in the competitions. (I don't compete so I must be part of the problem.)
I know why it died, I'm the promoter of the Old Dominion Sport Kite Championship - which traditionally was the subsequent event on the calendar.

But you're not wrong about the diminishing number of competitors ...

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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2017, 12:23 PM »

Thankfully, Kurtis Jones has organized a predominantly sport kite event in north Jersey this weekend. No competition, but lots of demos. Looks like he's trying to provide an alternative to Wildwood.
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2017, 12:42 PM »

Thankfully, Kurtis Jones has organized a predominantly sport kite event in north Jersey this weekend. No competition, but lots of demos. Looks like he's trying to provide an alternative to Wildwood.
Makes a lot of sense - demos are better for spectators and anyways ... and there are many fliers who prefer not to compete, but can be persuaded to fly a demo.

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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2017, 01:53 PM »

Being in my backyard I do have these comments:

1. There is also a festival in Long Branch, NJ in April but the weather has been awful in both annual events. So did not attend.
2. There is just not any competitors for Wildwood. Diminishing through the years. I tried for the first time Virtual Freestyle so will continue with this event.
3. That is a great field Kurtis has picked. If the winds are SE,SW,S or NE or N its almost beach winds. Incredible park - NEW Overpeck Park. I consider it EQUAL to Liberty State Park minus the NY skyline backdrop. Just talking field/wind. Locals actiually call it the KITE FIELD.
4. LBI is kicking ass - just hope for good weather in October. Last year it was a KILLER.
5. Asbury Park, NJ tried its first annual kite event but it was washed out two weeks ago. Sixth Avenue Beach.
6. There is also Seaside Park, NJ Wednesday night flies ... still need to attend one of these ...
7. Belmar, NJ also has an event but its tough if the winds are WEST. There was only one kite flying for half the event. It was a Lam Hoac Tattoo dual by the water's edge (Really!) ... low winds and pure west. It was tough for SLK's and heavier dual line kites. However there was no top rev flyers that attended last year.

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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2017, 06:38 PM »

Wildwood is getting smaller and smaller. As I live in central jersey I would rather drive to Liberty state park and fly with the Crew up north than spend tons of money for room, food,and travels.
      The amount of people Kurtis is getting this year is amazing and he always puts on an amazing event. We all help one way or another. Not saying wildwood is bad but people are going elsewhere........ as long as your flying and having fun with friends and the crowds. Keep going and flying anywhere.
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