Splash Kite Festival 1999, South Africa

Splash Kite Festival 1999, South Africa

Post by David A. Forsy » Sun, 28 Feb 1999 04:00:00

The Splash Kite Festival, incorporating the 1999 SAKFA National
Festival, will be held at Kings Beach, Port Elizabeth, at Easter (2-4
April).

The Splash Festival is at present the biggest water based festival in
South Africa.  It started a few years ago and has now grown to the
point where events will now take place along the entire Port Elizabeth
beachfront, from Summerstrand to King's Beach.

Kiting has been a small, but integral part of the Splash Festival
since its inception.  We participated and flew kites at Hobie Beach
each year, with more interest and participation each year, until we
outgrew the available space in 1998.

In 1999 we will be at King's Beach for the second year running, where
we will hold the first National Kite Festival, organised by the East
Cape Kite Flyers (ECKF) on behalf of the South African Kite Flyer's
Association (SAKFA)  to be held in Port Elizabeth.  Participants from
around the country will put on a kite display as yet not seen in the
Eastern Cape.

A quick summary of events:
Thursday 1 April
7.00pm  Kings Beach Surf-Lifesaving Club        Meet for a drink and
        catch up with old friends

        (during each day, there will be ample space for general flying
        of single liners, stunters, and power kites (and buggying), on
         Kings Beach, within reason)

Friday 2 April
        Children's Kite Building workshop.      
        Easter Egg Drop Kings Beach    
        Stunt Kite Demonstration
        Ski/Buggy Run   (Gamtoos Rivermouth to Maitlands
                Rivermouth.(22km, be prepared!) )
        Rokkaku Kite Fighting  
        6.00pm  Pizza Evening   Venue to be announced  

Saturday 3 April
        Children's Kite Building workshop.      
        Rokkaku Kite Fighting  
        Creative Kite Competition Entries to be submitted.      
        Stunt Kite Demonstration        
        Ski/Buggy Run   Gamtoos Rivermouth to Maitlands Rivermouth.  
        Easter Egg Drop Kings Beach, flying arena      
        Rokkaku Kite Fighting   Kings Beach, flying arena      
        7pm Bring and Braai, announcement of Creative Kite Competition
                winners.

Sunday 4 April
        Easter Egg Drop Kings Beach, flying arean      
        Rokkaku Kite Fighting  
        Stunt Kite Demonstration        
        Ski/Buggy Run   Gamtoos Rivermouth to Maitlands Rivermouth.  
        Stunt Kite Demonstrations      
        3.00pm  Rokkaku Kite Fighting

(We have purposely not scheduled activities later on Sunday, and none
on Monday, since most visitors will be starting to leave for home and
would miss out)

See the full festival schedule at
http://www.ru.ac.za/departments/iwr/staff/daf/kite/fest.html

David Forsyth
http://www.ru.ac.za/departments/iwr/staff/daf/index.html
           Living in South Africa