THE TREASURE ISLAND SPORT KITE CHAMPIONSHIP returns in 2012 as part of the annual Treasure Island Kite Festival. Following the successful revival of the competition in 2010, TISKC has reclaimed its prominence as one of the premier sport kite events of the year. Competitors from up and down the East Coast will gather at Treasure Island, FL during the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend for two days of excellent competition with plenty of time to socialize on one of the best kite flying beaches in the country.
A full slate of dual-line and multi-line sport kite competitions will be offered on Saturday and Sunday. Events will be more completely integrated into the festival this time around, which promises to bring a larger audience to watch the dazzling acrobatic displays.
As with previous years, TISKC will be offering Team Multiline Precision and Ballet as disciplines! Given the growing popularity of group multiline flying and the growing experience out there, this event will be spectacular.
TISKC will also be offering a novice class competition for multi-line precision and ballet. If you haven’t participated in a multi-line competition, this is your chance!
Individual precision events for Experienced and Masters classes will be run according to program precision (formerly called league-style) rules. This format has proven to be more audience friendly and allows for a speedier running of the competition.
Plans are afoot to bring back the auction and dinner this year! On Saturday night, plan to attend these events in the Thunderbird Conference Room. Updates on times and the meal will be provided as the details get nailed down.
Of course, Monday is a holiday, so we hope you will plan on staying an extra day for recreational flying. January weather in Florida is usually ideal for kites, with mild temperatures and steady winds, so take full advantage of the opportunity to fly on the white sandy beach while many parts of the country will be covered in white stuff of a different kind!
This event is sanctioned by the Eastern League Sport Kite Association. Competing here will qualify you for Eastern League points, provided you are a member of the League before you compete. You may join at the event, or contact Jared Haworth, Eastern League Commissioner, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the League's web site, www.easternleague.net.
Will Sturdy has again donated one of his legendary, hand-crafted sport kites to support the Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships, and this time the winner has more choices.
Here are the details:
Winner gets to choose a Saber II or Light Saber and gets to choose accent colors!
Maximum offered: 50
Event closes: Sunday, January 8, or when all slots are reserved.
Drawing held when all donations are received.
All donations go directly to support the Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships.
To reserve slots and for information about payment options for donations, e-mail Robbie Boerth: rboerth (at) earthlink (dot) net
Will Sturdy’s rise as a Masters class dual-line flier and kitebuilder has been nothing less than meteoric. Years of development led to the Saber. That kite won the AKAGN 2008 sport kite kitebuilding competition, and in 2010 he was crowned Grand National Champion at the AKA convention. This gives you some indication of the meticulous worksmanship that Will puts into his kites. Will also flew the Saber to victory in the AKAGN Experienced Individual Dual-line Ballet competition. He is now regularly finishing near the top of the heap in Masters class dual-line competitions along the Eastern seaboard, and his entries in Virtual Freestyle events are garnering him international acclaim both as a flier and a builder.
If you really want to see the Saber II through its tricking paces, check out this video:
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The Saber II is framed in skyshark P2X and 5PT black diamond spars. The sail is icarex. It has a second layer of icarex along the trailing edge in addition to the mylar reinforcement.
Asked to comment on his new kite design, here’s what Will said:
“The Saber II keeps the same rock steady precision of the original Saber, while making some of the tricks that required a lot of finesse to do with the original much more easily attainable. This kite pitches forward very well, making yo-fades and crazy-copters very simple. Flat spins including taz machines are also much easier. Overall the kite is more nimble. It is easier to combine various tricks together as well as not being overly picky about the inputs.”
As you can see from the video, the Saber is capable of every trick in the book! It's also got great precision - very clean corners, tracks a straight line very well. The kite works well in individual, pairs, or team situations. With clean graphics, the kite’s colored accents really pop when the kite is in the air!
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