The yearly fun flying event at the Marina Barrage was held in Singapore from 6th-7th Jul. The attendees for this year’s events are from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Sweden and many others.
Relatively to other kite events, this is considered a pretty small one in terms of scale. One of the reasons being that the event is held on the green roof top of the Marina Barrage in downtown Singapore city, which is pretty restricted in terms of space for both the fliers and the public.
For friends from other parts of the world that are less familiar with our little country, the Marina Barrage is at the mouth of the Marina Channel and its purpose is to form a fresh water reservoir, called the Marina Reservoir right in the middle of the financial district in Singapore. The reservoir is a location for many water-based activities and events in Singapore. The primary one being the location for the National Day Parade (NDP) celebrations come 9th August. Back in 2008, 3 members of the team actually took part in the NDP ’08 celebrations by doing a performance that involved flying 3-stacks of dual line kites, each with 100ft tails, while sitting pillion off the back of a jetski. Here’s a link to our crazy deed 🙂 Kite flying from jetskis
The event this year saw many single line inflatables, albeit of the smaller ones, lollypop drops for the kids and numerous dual-line and quad-line team performances from Malaysia’s father and daughter pair of Azemi and Noralia, Indonesia’s ITeam, Japan’s SSKC DeltaForce, winners of the inaugural Asia Pacific Sportkite Championship 2012 and Singapore’s Team Twister and Team AirNergy. Winds were light and variable at some parts of the day and this was pretty much expected due to the location of the event and the neighboring buildings and trees. However, most teams were able to put up good shows for the public given the constraints. Credit to all! This event also marks the debut performance of Team Twister, another quad-line team from Singapore with their “Unstoppable” routine. Way to go! I think events like these that gives local teams an opportunity to take their flying to the bigger stage is always encouraged. There is no better way to promote kite flying than to promote our own local teams. Hope that future events would hop along the same thread 😉
The highlight of the event is the usual suspect :P, yes it’s the quad-line megafly! We had 30 fliers at one time and everyone chipped in with their best effort, given the limited time we had to gather and the tight spaces we had. We tried some grid formations and were able to take to the skies with horizontal threads and ball formations. “Woohs” and “Aaahs” could be heard from the public whenever the double ball bursts were done. The final megafly was trimmed down to a group of 16 (4×4 grid). The primary reason being the demo area is right beside the main tower and the space there is even tighter than the International Flying area. The DJ cued the fly to a slow mix of “Stairway to Earth”, a 7mins mash-up between “Stairway to Heaven” and “Earth Song”. There were little surprises, like losing a flier due to catching a wayward single liner but nonetheless, it was a great end to a good event! Thanks to all!
*Photos from Edwin Poh, Siaw Jian Wen and others