BCKA Christmas Party Date

Members and Kite flying Friends…Please save this date!

The BCKA annual Christmas party will be held Sunday December 8th. Please join the BCKA at the ABC Country Restaurant (3580 #3 Road, in Richmond).

The Club’s Christmas party will coincide with the annual “Snow Queen” fun fly, and, considering many of our kite flying friends will be in town that weekend, we invite them to join us in celebrating the festive season together. Dinner will be held at 4:30, allowing plenty of time for flying during the day, and socializing in the evening.

Please spread the word, and here’s hoping many of you will attend!
More details about the evening will be sent out as the date grows nearer.

The Executive, BCKA

Ray Bethell wins the Steve Eideken Award

The BCKA now has it’s very own Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/British-Columbia-Kitefliers-Association/189932907859764 ) and as the first order of business, a huge shout out to Ray Bethell, who was awarded one of kitings highest honours last night at the AKA’s Grand Nationals in Seaside, Oregon.

From the AKA’s website, a description of the award :
“The Kiteflier of the Year will be a person who, during their lifetime, will have shown friendly, loving, fair, and even-handed concern for:

  • People in general, but kitefliers in particular,
  • Kiteflying in general, but for craftsmanship and technical developments in particular, and
  • Communication in general, but for leading and participating in kite events in particular.

This certainly describes Ray! Known worldwide for his kiteflying, we can think of nobody better suited to win this award. Congratulations Ray!

One Sky One World

Take a break from the turkey, and trot on over to Vanier Park for the One Sky, One World Fly for Peace, Sunday October 13th.


Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of the British Columbia Kiteflyers Association will take place on Sunday October 27th from 11:00 to 2:00 at the Steveston Community Centre. See details below.

Annual General Meeting of the British Columbia Kiteflyers Association

Sunday October 27, 2013 – 11:00 – 2:00

Steveston Community Centre

4111 Moncton Street

Richmond, BC


New Members and old!

Come out and meet the current Executive of the British Columbia Kiteflyers Association. Hear reports on this year’s festivals; see how the Club stands financially; find out how you can get involved in next year’s events.

Do you have ideas on how to increase membership? Raise funds? Get corporate sponsorships? Want to spearhead new activities or events?

Come give us your input. Your ideas and suggestions are always appreciated.

Hope to see many of you there!

Newsletter Submissions

Dear Members…

It is that time of year again! The Editor of the Windsox requests submissions of articles, photos, and interesting kite related bits of information for the next edition of the Windsox.

If you’ve been to a festival abroad, please tell us about it! A short article with photos would be nice and would help members keep up with news from within the kiting world, near and far.

Here are some possible suggestions:

Rhododendron Festival in Burnaby
Parksville Sewing Retreat
Pacific Rim Festival in June at Vanier Park
Parksville Kite Festival
Party at the Point
Dieppe Kite Festival
News from the kite board and buggyer’s (Kite Clash)
Washington State Kite Festival
Ray Bethel Banner Tribute
Fun Fly’s you’ve attended
News about upcoming events would also be appreciated!

Please submit your photos to nigel@hydracore.com

Thanks and looking forward to a great issue!