Hey Matt & others, thanks for the great replies.
Matt you were not ranting at all. You have the exact same concerns as I do. I
fear for kiting in general. If we don't have a quality magazine out there how
will we entice new people to join in on our great sport/hobby. I have read
each and everyone of my magazines several times over the years. I still pick
up on a new idea overtime. It's fun to look back 10 years ago and see the
leading edge kites and materials available. At least so we thought so at the
So this is a call to all you manufacturers, wholesalers and kite shops that
have supported Kite Lines and American Kite in the past, Please, please
please help save our magazines. How will we ever know what is new and
improved if you guys can't tell us anymore? My hope is the more you spend in
advertising the more us kite consumers will respond by buying that new
product. I still meet people every day that have now idea what modern kite
flying is all about.
"Okay,... so so let me get this straight then,...this really big kite
actually pulls you,.... on a buggy,....on the beach,.... really????"
Totally ***ed to "ALL" kites
> Funny you should ask...
> I actually did a search for the offices, found the number and gave
> them a call.
> Someone answered the phone "American Kite, how may I help you." I
> asked her why I hadn't gotten an issue in quite a while as I was sure
> I purchased a 2 year subscription.
> The answer is quite simple. They haven't published an issue since the
> summer of '99.
> The reason is simple as well. They don't have enough advertising to
> pay for the publishing costs and they don't want to publish at a loss.
> I can't say as I blame them at all. Evidently they have lots of
> content ready to go as soon as they get the advertising together. Our
> subscriptions will be extended to include whatever number of issues
> you would normally recieve had they been able to publish regularly.
> Kind of a sad commentary on our "sport," huh?? There are *** stamp
> publications which haven't missed a publishing deadline in 10 years,
> but kiting can't seem to maintain a non-organizational glossy magazine
> distributed in this country.
> When I was just getting into kites seriously I would read every word
> in every mag I could find. I wanted to see reviews of kites, stories
> about kiting, event coverage, how to fly sections, etc. I can
> remember at least 80% of the advertisers who ran ads. They were my
> first introduction to the variety of gear available. Like I would
> have known what Shanti was here in Seattle? Only way I knew, was
> because I read their ads. Same for many small kite makers and
> companies not in my area.
> LaserPro, Revolution, Dodd Gross, Shanti, Prism, Avia Sport,
> BerryBlue, SkyShark, HQ and more. All of these had ads that I can
> still see in my minds eye. I didn't know what Airkraft was, but I
> knew that they were the best, dressed all in black, had crazy hair and
> flew the Matrix.
> How many upcoming flyers are missing the same experience? How many
> interested possible enthusiasts do we miss due to our non-exsistent
> public profile? I know that this is an old question and much
> hashed-over, but the reality isn't changing very much. At least not
> in the 3.5 years I've been flying. In that time I've gone from total
> kite-duffus to NW MIB winner. I got there with alot of help from
> other flyers in my area and the imput from as many sources around me
> as I could find.
> It would do possible advertisers good to realize that there have to be
> more people like me out there. People who really looked forward to
> those publications as a way of expanding our experience and learning
> new things.
> Sorry, it would appear that I've gone off on another rant. You just
> can't take me out in public...
> On Tue, 08 Aug 2000 15:52:56 GMT, Carlos Simoes
> >So,.... where have all the good kite magazines gone now???
> >I did not renew my American Kite membership in 1999 as I started picking
> >it up at Chapters bookstore(Barnes & Noble) last year. I have not seen
> >anything at the book store this year. Is anyone still getting the
> >magazine or know what is up?
> >I took a chance and did renew my Kitelines membership in 1999 and
> >received one issue since. I suspect kitelines is no more(other than old
> >issues on kitelife.com).
> >Too bad both are/were great sources of information on kiting.
> >Does anyone have any interesting info on what is up these days with
> >either magazine??
> >Carlos Simoes