ENID, OKLAHOMA -- They gather in the early afternoon. Kites and their fliers take advantage of moving air. One kiter took a big cigar out of his mouth and said, "I'm taking advantage of moving air in all kinds of ways."
They called it a 'mass ascension'. Robert Bresington came all the way from a beach in Tazmania to sample the Oklahoma breeze. "Yeah," he smiles. "It's a great form of relaxation."
Tom Towner brought his 'Martin Legs' kite from Wisconsin. "These legs are very popular," he said. "I get a lot of comments on them."
Larry Krablin and his wife usually fly their kites at the Jersey shore, but they came too. "What brings you all the way to Oklahoma?" asks a visitor. "Well the AKA," he says. "The convention." His wife chimes in, "Larry said, 'I want to go to Enid', and I said, 'where?'."
Oklahoma Tourism Director Debbie Snodgrass knows a thing or two about Oklahoma breezes but she blew in anyway just to fly a kite. "It's so fun," she giggles.
Every year the American Kitefliers Association holds a national convention somewhere in the United States. The City of Enid offered a nice package and a good location so about 150 dedicated fliers, including Paul Fiber, flew in for a whole week. "We have our annual convention on the east coast, on the west coast, and then in the midwest." he said. "Now we're in the midwest."
Members hold contests and clinics. If you want to know anything about how to fly a kite or how to make a kite someone like Brian Slater is always around to help.
If you want to see what it's like to BE a kite he can show you that too. He allowed a convention visitor to attach a small, video camera to one of his several kites.
The video dangles from a string, on a straight line from the ground to the blue sky. Curse it if you want to. The wind blows anyway. In the end it's much better to ride that moving air and see where it takes you.