CALENDAR OF EVENTS For Up Up & Away Kite Club
and Other information:

Almost every Sunday someone from our kite club is flying kites in Seal Beach & having fun.Up Up & Away Kite Club definitely meets on every - 2nd Sunday of Every Month - North of Seal Beach Pier or as listed below.

****San Diego Kite Club Meets - 2nd Saturday of Every Month - Tecolote Shores - www.sandiegokiteclub.com

Nov 9th, 2014 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

Dec 14th, 2014- Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

Jan 11, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

Feb 8, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA – LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

March 8, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

APRIL 12, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

May 10, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

June 14, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

July 12, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

August 9, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

Sept 13. 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

October 11, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

November 8, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street

December 13, 2015 - Kite Club Sunday - (1 PM - 5 PM) - Seal Beach, CA
Kite Club Sunday right side of Seal Beach Pier.
P.S. If it is raining then kite club will meet at the store on Main Street


MONTICA LEE BONKO

(Monty Weston)

AKA Mary Poppins

The Shinning Star of the Up Up & Away Kite Store Seal Beach, CA

May 23, 1945 August 22, 2007

Passed at 4:45 PM

Born: Ellensburg, WA Survived by:

Children: Randy, Kim, Heather, Joe, James

Grandchildren: Joshua, Christopher, Blythe, Peyton, Max, Hannah, Claire

Brother: Lee Bonko, Jr & Fran Henderson

Daughter in Laws: Monica Sabic, Kim Love, Beverly Bennett

Son in Law: Eric Lenore

MONTY WESTON MEMORIAL BENCH -SEAL BEACH, CA

Information submitted by: JoAnn Adams Bogart's Coffee House & Seal Beach

Chamber

JoAnn spoke with Bob Eagle at the City to ask about having a memorial bench installed to commemorate Monty.  We located the perfect spot:  A 6 foot bench has been placed on

the left side of the pier across the street from Kinda Lahaina. 

It faces the side of the beach where the Kite Club flies the kites each month. Monty's name and two kites are on the plaque.

"The Monty Weston Memorial Bench Fund" - We collected enough funds for the Bench - It has been installed

Cards and memories can be sent to:

Family of Monty Weston

c/o Up Up & Away Kite Store

139 1/2 Main St

Seal Beach, CA 90740

ATTENTION KITECLUB MEMBERS ALL OVER THE WORLD:

www.nationalkitemonth.org

Click here for Pictures of Gunnar Swansons' Dances with Vultures

See Gunnars story at the end of this page

View a video of the 2004 Kite Festival in Seal Beach, CA

Thank You Eric Allen

Go to : www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMjWJccLJxM

View a video of the 2006 Kite Festival in Seal Beach, CA

REMEMBERING THE GAIL FORCE WINDS

I don't know who to thank for this entry

Go to : www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k03QZ2J6&mode=related&search

View a video of 2007 Kite Festival in Seal Beach, CA - by ???

Go to : www.youtube.com/watch?v=10qWS7zLMoM

View pictures of 2007 Kite Festival in Seal Beach, CA - by Dan Brinnehl Chicago Fire Team

Go to : www.flickr.com

View a video of Sept 09. 2007 - Montys' Memorial Kite fly - by Dan Rubesh

Go to: http://youtube.com/watch?v=lf_tH1QYJT4 Part 1

http://youtube.com/watch?v=y6C1osS8iD0 Part 2

Article by Heidi Spietz - The Art and Fun of Kite Flying

Go to: www.amonco.org

Here is the article from the OC register :

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/homepage/abox/article_1286843.php


For Information call:
Up Up & Away Kites
(562) 596-7661

As always - I hope to see you all down at the beach flying - have a great 2010

Remember: "Imagination is the highest Kite One Can Fly" Lauren Bacall

Dances with Vultures

Written by

Gunnar Swanson

and

Robert Munn

Click on this link to see Gunnars Pictures

There is a line of eucalyptus trees along Culver Drive and fronting the William R. Mason Regional Park in the City of Irvine, CA. On most mornings one could see as many as a hundred turkey vultures (Cathartes aura} roosting on the tree limbs. They sit, ominous and motionless, as if they are brooding about the traffic that hurries below them. But in reality their body temperature drops at night and they just need a jump start to get going. To this end a slow exodus takes place as some of the vultures fly over to the Lutheran church across the street and perch on the ridge of the roof. There they hold their wings out in a heraldic display for the sun to dry their feathers of last nights dew, gather some warmth and wait for the first light breeze.

Gunnar Swanson is as patient as the birds waiting for those same light air currents and you could make a case either way for the birds following him or his following the birds to his preferred location. He flies his kites in Colonel Bill Barber Memorial Park which is close by the old Tustin Marine Corps Air Station where the giant blimp hangers of that bygone era can still be seen. Although the base is now being developed for residential and commercial uses there are still large tracts of fallow land providing an ideal hunting and scavenging ground. There are always several of these graceful birds soaring in the area looking for dead mice, squirrels, something left over from a coyote meal or an occasional road kill. It is probably inevitable that the birds will leave once the development is completed. At best, only a small flock would remain with so little of their natural habitat left to sustain them.

Usually a cool ocean breeze will come later in the morning and create a strong uplift which can raise a kite quickly to 1000 feet or more, and bringing with it the danger of a string breaking or kite damage. To avoid these hazards Gunnar prefers to fly his kite in the early morning when the sun has just started to warm the earth and create soft gentle breezes. In these conditions he flies his Delta kite which weighs a feather light fourteen ounces. His first kites were custom made fourteen years ago by a sail maker using spinnaker material, a 3/4 ounce Dacron, and five millimeter carbon fiber struts. The sail maker idea came naturally because Gunnar is a rag sailor of long experience which also gives him an intimate knowledge of the vagaries of wind and weather and kite flying flows naturally from that.

As the first puffs arrive he lays the kite on the ground facing into them and walking backwards he reels off about fifty yards of string. Then, with just a gentle tug, the kite rises slowly like a modern day pterodactyl and hovers above. With infinite patience and fingertip control the reel provides, Gunnar flies the kite through a series of maneuvers that take advantage of the fickle and variable winds. Walking briskly over the manicured lawn of the park, he lets the kite soar high on puffs or brings it down till it glides quietly above the many walkers and joggers that happen by. They often stop and gawk up in surprise at the red and black UFO floating over them and every once in a while this causes unintended consequences, such as running into light poles or trees while gazing upward.

Barnstorming, clocking around, skimming along the ground, flying away, skirting the many kite eating trees, using what each breath of wind gives this is Gunnar's passion and joy. Most people fly a kite in a stiff breeze but the artistry occurs in exploiting each small gust. Gunnar prefers a gentle wind in the three to six MPH range.

Sometimes real magic can happen. There was a day when several turkey vultures began circling on a thermal above Gunnar and he let the kite shoot up through them. The headless vultures, or so they appear from a distance, seemed to accept the kite as one of their own and continued on with their ponderous revolving dance, pirouetting wide about the kite. The moment was brief; but for a time the birds, the kite and Gunnar were in communication and he really felt he was dancing with vultures, those true masters of riding the thermal uplifts.

There are technical aspects to this type of kiting. The fifteen pound test line and connections are as small and light weight as fishing gear. The reel was designed and built by Gunnar to achieve maximum control and, should the occasion arise, the line can be reeled in at 750 feet per minute. Gunnar has purchased and is now flying a new fifteen foot kite which weighs the same fourteen ounces as his older Delta. It was made to his specifications by Windchasers , South Padre Island, Texas.

Gunnar is currently a member of the American Kiting Association and the Up, Up and Away Kite Club in Seal Beach. He would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in this kind of kiting. He can be reached at 24 Fuchsia, Irvine, CA 92604, (949) 653-0780 or through the kite club, www.kiteclub.org.

If you decide to join in on his fun just remember, because of the turkey vulture's keen eyesight and their unusual and well developed sense of smell it is probably a good idea to take a shower before flying kites with Gunnar and don't wear anything that looks like road kill.

 

 

Click here for a map to Seal Beach

courtesy Mapquest

For additional info or questions email:

Janis
jay.janis@yahoo.com



LOST & FOUND:



SEAL BEACH PIER, SEAL BEACH, CA


LOTS OF SPACE FOR KITES!!!!

FYI: During the summer months of June - Sept. - we observe special lifeguard safety rules on where to fly our kites.

The Head Lifeguard requests that we fly our two line kites past lifeguard station #3. Single line kites cannot fly over the parking area. Please observe Joe Bailey (the head lifeguard) & the lifeguards right away to the water. If your kite is in their way they are allowed to run it over to save a life in the water (head life guard - Joe Bailey).

CLUB INFORMATION:

Up Up & Away Kite Club is now AKA sanctioned!

Click here for more info on the AKA

The Kite Club meets on the second Sunday of each month on the right side of the Seal Beach pier. Usually from 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Carl Hanson's new book "View from a Kite, Kite Aerial Photography" is now available through Kap Books. To order your copy, please call Scott Scherrer with Dorrance Publishing at (800) 788-7654

 

KITE CLUB PARTICIPATES IN:

Second Sunday of every month - Kite Club

January - San Diego New Year's Day Kite Fly

February - Valentine's Day KiteFly

May - Mother's Day Kite Fly &Potluck

June - Father's Day Kite Fly August - Second Saturday Night Fly
Oct - Annual Japan America Kite Festival


We also support the AKA National Convention each year



STATEMENT OF MISSION

We as a kite club endeavor to promote good will in the community. We promise family fun and clean living. We teach people how to have fun. We fly kites and teach people how to build and fly kites. We provide a location where kite flyers can gather and fly together. They can enjoy nature and judge the wind to appreciate the beauty life has to offer in the simplest of ways. We teach children to share the love of flying and we teach them that the world will be a better place because of it. We help the community and organizations that may use kite flying as a learning tool or for promotions. Most of all we have fun fun fun!!!!! Whewoo! Yippeeeeeee! Yabbadabba dooooooooo!!!!!

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