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December 21, 2016

Did you know it's about 70 degrees in Tampa with a nice 7mph wind? 

Don't forget that event registration is open for TISKC happening January 14 -15 2017 in Treasure Island Florida. Event info here.  

Hit the registration page and register early to take advantage of the early bird registration fees which ends January 1st!

November 6, 2016

You can check out the Outer Banks scores here and we're happy to announce that event registration is now open for TISKC happening January 14 -15 2017 in Treasure Island Florida. Event info here.  

Hit the registration page and register early to take advantage of the early bird registration fees.

September 4, 2016

Registration is now open for the Eastern League's fall competitions:

Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition (Deadline: October 17, 2016)

June 29, 2016

With the completion of the competition at Old Dominion, the 2016 Eastern League season has drawn to a close.  Scores for ODSKC are now online, and final league standings are available.  

Congratulations to Steve Tapp who won the Black Pearl UL kite being raffled to support ODSKC!

It's time to elect new Flyer's Reps!  All current Eastern League members are eligible for election, and should head over to our elections page to cast your vote for two reps.  These reps serve on the Eastern League board and have a vote in all board decisions.  The election will close on July 31, 2016.

I'll be working with Shirley Husz at It's a Breeze Specialties to get jacket order information out shortly; just as a reminder, this year's criteria for award jackets is "40+ points, 2+ events," and we've reworked the rules around standings that instead of keeping all five of your event point totals, we only use your best three.  This year, the award jackets should more closely reward the most talented flyers, not the flyers who attend the most events.  As a reminder, the league will cover the full cost of the jacket + embroidery this year for all fleece jackets, if you'd like to upgrade to a three-season jacket, you'll just pay the price difference over the fleece option.

My thanks to Augustus Martin, Jack Wilson, Kitty Hawk Kites, Lisa Willoughby, Dennis Smith, Joe Fala at Windworks, Maggie Engvall, Jay Knerr at the Kite Loft, Will Smoot, and Frazer Worley, who all served as event coordinators and chief judges for the 2016 season.  My job is made considerably easier by your efforts, and you're all helping to keep sport kiting alive and relevant.

March 15, 2016

Upcoming events:

April 29-May 1: Mid Atlantic Sport Kite Championships (Registration Open)

 

January 27, 2016

Scores have been posted for the 2016 Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships!  League standings have also been updated.  

The Eastern League Sport Kite Association would like to thank Joe Fala for his role in bringing a great event together. Thanks to Windworks, the Thunderbird Beach Resort and all of the sponsors for supporting The 19th Annual Treasure Island Kite Festival and Sport Kite Competition.

A special thank you goes to all of the kite flyers, competitors, volunteers, spectators, spouses, partners, and families. Once again because you shared your love of kite flying, your time, your energy and your smiles, this year’s event was another success.

 

September 20, 2015

Scores from the 2015 Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition have been posted.  2016 Season standings have also been updated!

 

Don't forget to sign up for the LBI Sport Kite Competition on Long Beach Island, NJ, the weekend of October 9-12!

September 3, 2015

OBSKC Registration deadline is September 7th, 2015.  Register now!

 

Donate to support TISKC and be entered to win the "Absolutely no Sticks" single-line package.

August 2, 2015

Scores from the 2015 Old Dominion Sport Kite Championships and 2015 East Coast Stunt Kite Championships have been posted!  Also, final league standings for the 2015 season have been updated, and jacket winners have been notified!  Thanks to everyone who helped to make our 2015 season a success!

I'm super-excited for everything that's coming in the 2016 season!  In case you haven't been plugged into the Eastern League newsfeed, here's what's going on:

  • A new competition taking place in New Jersey in October (Lisa Willoughby and Dennis Smith are working together to add a competition to the new Long Beach Island International Kite Festival).
  • FREE event sanctioning for Eastern League Competitions for 2016.
  • FREE one-year Eastern League membership for everyone who participates in an EL event this season (competing, judging, setup, providing sound, etc).  Your free year will be credited following the first event in which you participate -- one free year per customer :)
  • FREE fleece award jacket or vest including embroidery for each qualified competitor.
  • Better league standings calculations for the 2016 season and onward -- In order to calculate who's leading the league, we will look at top 3 scores per competitor for the season, instead of top 5, and jackets will be awared to top-three flyers who have attended at least 2 events and have earned 40 or more points.  This means that in 2016, the award jackets should better reflect flying ability instead of attendance.  

There's never been a better time to get involved with the Eastern League!  You can get started by signing up to compete at the 2015 Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition, sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites and coordinated by our own Augustus Martin (with Will Smoot & Jack Wilson assisting).

April 8, 2015

Online Registration is now available for the 2015 East Coast Sport Kite Championships at Wildwood, NJ.  Come fly with the Eastern League on the beach in Wildwood May 23-25, 2015!

March 18, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 Mid Atlantic Sport Kite Championships at the Maryland International Kite Expo in Ocean City!  Join us April 25-26, 2015 for two days of kite flying fun and competition on the beach.  MASKC will be the only event this season to offer the full slate of competition disciplines, so if you are interested in qualifying for Nationals in events like Pairs Precision or Team Ballet, this will be the event to attend.

February 6, 2015

Scores for the 2015 Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships have been posted!  2015 season standings have also been updated.  A huge thank you to Joe Fala & Windworks, chief judge Maggie Engvall, Kitebus Festivals featuring Will Smoot, raffle sponsor Aerial Experience Productions, and the TISKK group for all pitching in to help make the event a success!

November 26, 2014

OBSKC Scores and league standings have been updated!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships (TISKC), being held January 17-18, 2015 in Treasure Island, Florida.  Want to help support the event?  Every time you donate to TISKC, you earn another entry into a drawing for a custom green Echo dual line indoor kite, provided by Aerial Experience Productions and Paul de Bakker.

August 27, 2014

Registration for the 2014 Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition is now open!  Sign up before September 6th to take advantage of early registration pricing!  See all the details here on the OBSKC page.

May 29, 2014

Scores have been posted for the 29th East Coast Stunt Kite Championships.  Current league standings have also been updated.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Old Dominion Sport Kite Championships (ODSKC), and you can now register for the competition as well as pre-ordering your box-lunches for Saturday and Sunday, as well as RSVP and pre-pay for the Saturday night cookout as well.  Join us June 14th and 15th in Richmond, VA!

Want to help support ODSKC?  Grab a couple of tickets for the Level One Black Pearl Pro raffle!

May 15, 2014

Scores have been posted from the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Sport Kite Championships!  2014 Season standings have also been updated.

Congratulations to Laura Berg, who won our drawing for the Skydog Kites Black Dog sport kite!  Thank you to Skydog, and to everyone who entered for their support of the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships!

March 9, 2014

March Update from the Eastern League!

  • MASKC Registration (April 26-27, Ocean City, MD) is now closed.
  • ECSKC Registration (May 23-26, Wildwood, NJ) is now open.
  • Black Dog by Skydog Kites Raffle to support ECSKC is now closed.

February 5, 2014

Scores have been posted for the 2014 Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships!  Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thanks to everyone who participated -- whether by serving on judging panels, hauling speakers, flying demos for the crowd, you all helped to make this year's TISKC event specatcular!

League standings have also been updated.

January 14, 2014

Congratulations to Dominic Juliano, who won our drawing for an Into the Wind / Paul de Bakker Echo indoor kite!  Thanks to ITW & Paul for supporting TISKC

December 27, 2013

Congratuations to Stuart McCullough of Virginia, who won the Sturdy Designs Impulse!

There's still one more chance to support TISKC, and for those of you into indoor kite flying, we've got a wonderful kite for you!  We're going to raffle off an Into The Wind Echo, donated by ITW and Paul de Bakker.  Head over to the donate page for all the details!

December 10, 2013

Our first donation opportunity for 2014 TISKC has arrived!  By supporting TISKC, you will be entered in a drawing to win a Sturdy Designs Impulse dual line freestyle kite!  Check out the Donate page for all the details!


There's still time to take advantage of early-bird flat-rate registraiton for TISKC as well!  Sign up today and save!

December 2, 2013

Registration is now open for the 2014 Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships!  TISKC will be held January 18-19th, 2014 in Treasure Island, Florida.  All non-novice competitors must sign up before January 12, 2014; and all competitors can save big by registering prior to January 1st, 2014.  Check out the TISKC page for all the details! 

October 9, 2013

OBSKC Results have been posted.  2014 league standings have been updated as well.

Fall Fly at TI registration closes Sunday, October 13th.  Sign up today!

Congrats to Donald Jacobs, winner of the Flying Smiles Kites Quadline Skybond lineset.  Visit the donation page to learn about the latest opportunity!

August 21, 2013

Registration is now open for the 2013 Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition (taking place September 28-29th, 2013 in Nags Head, NC) and the Fall Fly at TI (taking place October 19-20, 2013 in Treasure Island, FL).  Both these events feature early registration discounts & flat rate registration, so don't wait to sign up!  

August 9, 2013

27th Annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition: September 28-29th, 2013 in Nags Head, NC.  This year, the event will be held at the Outer Banks Event Site (Windmill Point) located at 6906 S. Croatan Hwy. in Nags Head.  This new location is about 3 miles south of Jockey's Ridge.  The competition will also include an indoor kite flying demonstration and competition at First Flight High School.  Check the event page for details as they become available.

Fall Fly at TI: New this year to the Eastern League schedule is the Fall Fly at TI!  Come join us on October 19-20th, 2013 in Treasure Island, FL for two days of kite flying & competition.  This new event is especially geared toward novice competitors and is a great opportunity to get your feet wet with competitive kite flying.  All novice flyers will be paired up with an experienced- or masters-class flyer for one on one instruction.  But Fall Fly isn't JUST about competition -- Carl "Gumby" Anderson is going to be on hand teaching how to fly Fighter Kites, there will be plenty of room for flying giant inflatable kites, and after the sun sets over the Gulf, the night sky will be filled with illuminated kites of all kinds.

May 30, 2013

Wildwood UpdateScores from the 2013 East Coast Stunt Kite Championships have been posted!  Thank you to everyone who came out to compete, and everyone who pitched in all weekend long to help make ECSKC a success!  League standings have also been updated.

ODSKC Update: Early bird registration for the 2013 Old Dominion Sport Kite Championships will close this coming Saturday, June 1st 2013.  After Saturday, the early bird price will no longer be available.  All non-novice competitors must register prior to June 8th, 2013.  

May 16, 2013

The 2013 East Coast Sport Kite Championships and Wildwoods International Kite Festival are almost upon us!  Great events like ECSKC can only happen with the support of the whole kiting community, and in that spirit, I've got a fantastic announcement for you today.

Revolution Kites has generously donated two of their brand new 25th Anniversary T-shirts for us to award to two lucky people in exchange for their support of ECSKC!  

 

May 14, 2013

Registration is now available for the 21st annual Old Dominion Sport Kite Championships (ODSKC), which will be held at Dorey Park in Richmond, VA on June 15-16, 2013. Figures for the event have also been updated. ODSKC is typically one of the best-attended sport kite competitions of the year, come find out why! We're looking forward to a great event.

You can find more information about ODSKC 2013 at http://www.richmondairforce.com/ODSKC/ ODSKC 2013 is an Eastern League and AKA sanctioned competition.

May 13, 2013

Scores for the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Sport Kite Championships have been posted.  The current standings have been updated as well.  There are still two competitions remaining this season, and two more chances to earn points towards the year-end award jackets.

April 3, 2013

Now Available!  Register online for the 2013 Wildwoods International Kite Festival & East Coast Sport Kite Championships!  Online registration is strongly encouraged for sport kite competitors, as it will allow us to plan flight orders and field assignments ahead of time.  Register now on the Eastern League website, or download the form from Sky Festival Productions.

March 25, 2013

Online Registration for the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Sport Kite Championships is now open!  Flyers who register before April 1st, 2013 can take advantage of flat-rate registration and save a bundle.  All non-novice competitors must register by April 19th, 2013.

Register Today!

January 26, 2013

Scores have been posted for the 2013 Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships!  A big Thank You to Joe Fala and Windworks for hosting us, Terry Murray and Kitebus Festivals for keeping our field full of sound & commentary all weekend, to Maggie Engvall for serving as our chief judge, and to Flying Smiles Kites, Into the Wind, and Sturdy Designs for donating raffle kites to help support the event!

Current League Standings have also been updated for TISKC.

November 21, 2012

It's time to start thinking about the next great kite holiday, the 2013 Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships (TISKC).  A part of the larger Treasure Island Kite Festival (sponsored this year by Windworks and Kiting Tampa Bay), TISKC is scheduled to take place over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, January 19-20th, 2013, in Treasure Island, Florida.  For most of us, it'll be a three day weekend, so after the competition we'll have plenty of time to fly and enjoy the white sands and warm sun of the gulf coast before heading home.

Registration is now open for TISKC, and competitors can save big bucks by taking advantage of early-registration discounts.  We're also running a series of raffles for TISKC, starting with a pair of Eliot Shook mini-Rev banners.  Tickets are only $5.00 each and will go fast, so grab a few while they're still available!

October 16, 2012

Scores from the 2012 Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition have been posted!  The initial league standings have also been updated.  Thanks to everyone who came out and competed & spectated!  Next event will be the Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships on January 19th-20th, 2013 in Treasure Island, Florida.  More details will be available soon!

September 21, 2012

Registration is open for the 2012 Outer Banks Sport Kite Competition!  Join us on October 13th-14th in Kill Devil Hills, NC for two days of kite flying competition, at the birthplace of powered human flight.  This year's OBSKC event will also feature an indoor kite flying competition; if you've never seen kites flown indoors, with only the motion of the kite flyer serving to keep the kite aloft, you won't want to miss this event.

The deadline for non-novice registration is October 5th; novice & first-time competitors can register up until the day of the event.

June 30, 2012

Scores for the 2012 Old Dominion Sport Kite Championships have been posted.  This season's final standings have been updated as well, congratulations to all our jacket winners!  

Even as a single-day event, Old Dominion was a blast; the Dorey Park winds kept us on our toes all day, and with everyone pitching in, we managed to get through all the day's events with a little time to spare before the annual ODSKC cookout at Terry and Jan's.  Brian Bishop was kind enough to send us pictures of the event, thanks Brian!

June 9, 2012

Scores for the 2012 East Coast Stunt Kite Championships have been posted.  Current standings have been updated.

May 29, 2012

There is a change to announce for this year's 20th annual Old Dominion Sport Kite Championships (ODSKC).  Due to a scheduling conflict with the park, this year's ODSKC will be a one-day event held on June 16, 2012.  To ensure that we can complete an event in 1 day, we've had to cut a few disciplines for time.  Therefore, there will be no team or pairs precision event of any kind at ODSKC 2012.  There will be team and pairs ballet events.  At this time, we're still planning on holding all other individual ballet and precision events.  All precision events will use the program precision format.  2012 figures are posted on the ODSKC web site at  http://www.richmondairforce.com/ODSKC/competitors.htm.  We will still be holding our annual cookout at Terry & Jan's on Saturday night, and Sunday will be a "fun fly" day, a chance for friends to spend some quality time together before heading home.

Registration is available now at  http://www.richmondairforce.com/registration.htm.  All competitors must be registered for ODSKC 2012 no later than June 9, 2012. Those competitors that register before June 1 will save $20 off their registration fee.

 

May 1, 2012

What a great weekend in Ocean City, Maryland!  Saturday was a bit chilly (and a little wet at the end), but Sunday more than made up for it, with one of the nicest beach days we've had in a long while, and a perfect way to cap off another successful Eastern League competition.

Scores for the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Sport Kite Championships have been posted, and by popular request, the scores page now features links to view scores from other competitions held this season.   The current standings have been updated as well... There are still two competitions remaining this season, and two more chances to earn points towards the year-end award jackets.

March 7, 2012

Join us April 27th-29th in Ocean City, Maryland!  Event Details for the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Sport Kite Championships have been posted, and online registration is now available.  Discount & flat-rate registration is available until April 1st, 2012.  All non-novice competitors must register before April 20th.

January 20, 2012

Scores from the 2012 Treasure Island Sport Kite Championships have been posted,  Congratulations to all the winners!

January 9, 2012

TISKC Pre-registration has closed. Novice & first-time competitors may still register at the event. Full TISKC event details.

December 6, 2011

Online Registration is now available for TISKC! All competitors are required to register for TISKC 2012 no later than January 7, 2012.  The only registrations that will be accepted after that date will be for the novice class.  Competitors who register before January 1, 2012 have the opportunity either to pay a $40 flat rate for unlimited disciplines or to pay a $10 base registration fee plus $10 for each discipline entered, whichever is less.  Registrations received after January 1 will be charged a base registration fee of $20 + $20 per discipline entered, so there's a significant savings for registering before January 1. Don't wait!

November 3, 2011

Details for the 2012 Treasure Island Sport Kite Championship have been posted! Online registration will be available shortly. Check back here for updates!

October 17, 2011

It's alive! The new Eastern League website goes live today, and scores from OBSKC have been posted as well.