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Welcome

Were you looking for Gone With The Wind Kites or maybe Chico Kites? Relax, your computer is working fine. Both those sites now redirect here. You see ... on January 8th 2013 I had a stroke. A "mild" one, but a stroke none the less. I am on the road to recovery but it will be a long process. 

We are no longer selling kites. but if you need some suggestions on where to purchase or recommendations on what to buy you can visit the GWTW Forum (link below) or drop me an email:
steve@kitekids.net
We (Steve and Chris) have been online, serving the kiting community since the end of the last century and host the best known and most popular English language Kite Forum.

mahalo,
Steve Hall








Some kind words from Mark Reed, CEO, Prism Designs, Inc.

"For more than 15 years Steve Hall has been a true Prism enthusiast, and since he took
over Gone With the Wind Kites (now Chico Kites) in 2001 he has been one of our most knowledgeable dealers, shipping Prism kites around the world and backing us up with some of the best customer service in the business. When people call us looking for a solid online retailer, we refer them to Steve knowing that they'll get the right advice from someone who knows almost as much about our kites as we do. We talk business with him almost daily, and it's been a real treat to have a retailer out there who we know will go the extra mile to give people the level of knowledge and support that we believe in." 

Why Fly?
Flight is the ultimate escape. There are times when we welcome the pull of gravity anchoring our feet to the earth. But take a kite in your hands, send it skyward to feel the connection with the wind’s subtle currents and you become a different being. Stress, deadlines and the work-a-day world melt away, leaving you with peace and perspective you can only find in the sky.
Prism was founded in 1992 by a couple of guys who fell in love with the wind. They started off making high-tech, dual-line stunt kites when the sport was young. Prism brought space age materials such as graphite composites, Spectra and Kevlar to an ancient art - and along the way they redefined a pastime for the fanatical few who shared their passion. As the sport grew, so did they, and today Prism is recognized worldwide as the gold standard in kite design and technology.



Bet you didn't know ...
  • The first kites were flown over 3000 years ago and were actually made of leaves. People flew kites 1,000 years before paper was even invented! In Indonesia leaf kites are still used for fishing.
  • Kite flying was actually banned in Japan in 1760 because too many people preferred to fly kites over work. And in the 20th century, large kites were banned in East Germany because of the possibility of lifting people over the Berlin wall. 
  •  In 1901 Marconi used a hexagon kite to transmit the first radio signals over the Atlantic. 
  • In World War 2, the Royal Air Force issued kites to pilots as part of a rescue kit that included a dingy and a folding box kite called the Gibson Girl, which enabled them to send SOS signals from a portable transmitter with the kite line acting as an aerial. 
  • Some kite records include the smallest kite in the world which flies at 5mm high, the largest number of kites flown on a single line at 11,284, the longest kite in the world at 3394 feet, the largest kite in the world known as a megakite at 55 x 22 metres, the fastest kite in the world at 193 kph, the highest single line kite at 12,471 ft, and the longest kite fly at 180 hours. Some Japanese kites weigh over 2 tons! 
  • The Chinese name for a kite is Fen Zheng, which means wind harp. The name is derived from early Chinese kites which used to carry wind musical instruments.
  • Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
  • The first powered aircraft were large box kites with motors fitted to them.
  • The British scholar Joseph Needham said in his book "Science & Civilisation in China", that the kite was the most important scientific device to have come to Europe from China.
  • The Russians used kites to tow torpedoes in 1855 with great accuracy.
  • When the Japanese were building some of the early temples & shrines they used large kites to lift tiles and other materials to the workmen on the roofs.
  • In 1826 there used to be a stage coach service between London and Bristol using kites instead of horses.
  • The modern ram air parachute and para-gliders were developed from a parafoil kite invented by the American kite maker Domina Jalbert in 1963.
  • In 1847, a young boy won a competition to fly and land a kite on the other side of the Niagara River. They then used the kite line to pull larger cables over the river, enabling them to start work on building the first railway bridge between Canada and the USA.