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« on: June 29, 2010, 07:31 PM »

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To Whom It May Concern,

Congratulations, you are, by reading this, being given an opportunity to be a representative of the sport of Freestyle Kiting to the General Public (GP), as an Ambassador of Freestyle (AoF). Discussions have been had on several occasions regarding the current percieved lack of education found in the GP of the finer details of the sport of Freestyle Kiting. As a remedy for this I am now calling on you to formally represent Freestyle Kiting in a way that will entertain, educate and encourage participation. By accepting this role you will find only a few extra responsibilities to what you are most probably doing when you fly your kites.


Tasks involved as an AoF:

1. Practice as often as you can, and in that practice commit to progressing your skills, technique and style.

2. If approached by a member of the GP, an AoF will ask if they have any questions about what you are doing and feel free to engage them in conversation about any part of this that they have shown interest in.

3. If asked about what it takes to get into this sport, an AoF will inform them of relevant local suppliers of quality kites and accessories, inform them that there is a vibrant global community 'on line' that can be accessed at any time to assist with questions and encouragement.

4. If possible, as an AoF offer them an opportunity to 'have a go', for this it might be a good idea to have a trainer kite with you as often as you can when you fly, if a trainer kite is not at hand consider handing the lines over of the kite you are flying. this will be seen generally as a most noble act of an AoF.



It is understood that during practice an AoF's kite may well be on the ground more often than it is in the air, so it's quite possible that during a practice session if observed by the GP they may find it difficult to understand the joy an AoF gets from flying Freestyle.



So, if an AoF finds themselves being observed during practice from a distance by a member of the GP:


5. Take time out of your practice session to demonstrate some of the skills you feel confident with, at what ever level you are at, the key to this is to keep within your known skills base and to take this opportunity to have some fun with your kite, and to demonstrate with grace, the beauty that is inherently found in any quality kite. As an AoF during this time it is requested that you land your kite at some appropriate time and check your kite and lines, this break from flying should be see as giving the GP a chance if they wish to engage you in conversation about what they have just seen.

6. If and when in conversation with the GP about kites be informative, indicate that there are several brands and styles available, and if asked about the pricing and general costs of this sport do not assume the income level of the GP, indicate the price ranges of available kites but also accompany this with terms like entry level, premium, and custom. It is OK to indicate that not all kites are equal and that they should seek advice from a quality kite retailer when considering a kite purchase.

7. As an AoF you are also tasked with encouraging participation and personally participating in as many formal and informal gatherings of kite fliers as is possible. This will be considered as part of your personal AoF development, and most probably a heck of a lot of fun.


By undertaking the above guidelines, you will be assisting, at a grass roots level, to grow the sport of Freestyle Kite Flying.



By accepting the above terms and conditions you are entitled to incorporate the initialisation 'AoF' in your title and thus distinguish yourself as a noble practitioner and an Ambassador of Freestyle.
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 08:18 PM »

+1  Cool
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010, 08:41 PM »

We should check the citizenship requirements, but you know the AKA nominations are on now!

I love to see people impassioned about what they do - its what makes alot of life worth living!

Where do I get my AoF t-shirt?
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2010, 09:02 PM »

We should check the citizenship requirements, but you know the AKA nominations are on now!

I love to see people impassioned about what they do - its what makes alot of life worth living!

Where do I get my AoF t-shirt?

And.....................Is there some sort of board where an AoF can be certified so they could wear the shirt with pride and approval?

DH *2  Cool Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2010, 09:20 PM »

We should check the citizenship requirements, but you know the AKA nominations are on now!

I love to see people impassioned about what they do - its what makes alot of life worth living!

Where do I get my AoF t-shirt?

And.....................Is there some sort of board where an AoF can be certified so they could wear the shirt with pride and approval?

DH *2  Cool Wink

If he detracts the comment about the Tilley, then he's got my nomination!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2010, 12:27 AM »

We should check the citizenship requirements, but you know the AKA nominations are on now!

I love to see people impassioned about what they do - its what makes alot of life worth living!

Where do I get my AoF t-shirt?

And.....................Is there some sort of board where an AoF can be certified so they could wear the shirt with pride and approval?

DH *2  Cool Wink


If he detracts the comment about the Tilley, then he's got my nomination!  Smiley


You mean this?:

              Rolling out a portly 50+ Y/O in a tilly hat as a spokesperson


     At least you're not both Tom Tongue  I'm beginning to think them downunderers are all thin, and oblivious to UV rays.............. Cry

     Just kiddin' Shannon Shocked Wink

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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2010, 02:59 AM »

+1.

thin, old, but not oblivious to UV!  :-)

cheers

steve
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2010, 06:50 AM »

+1 !!  Cheesy
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