The team was invited back to the Miaoli County international kite festival again this year. Compared to last year, there was quite a change in the number of overseas participants. Team air-rex (Japan), Karl and Sara Longbottom (UK), Andreas Fischbacher (Germany), Ron and Baew Spaulding (Thailand) and a couple of other Chinese teams were the new participants this year. Azemi kite family were back from last year. Team 8+ were among the many local Taiwan teams that made up the rest of the participants. Similar to last year, the theme to this year’s festival includes introduction to Hakka cuisine, a specialty of this region in Taiwan.
While we faced ~30mph wind conditions year, the wind this year barely made it out of double digits figures. Even when it does, it was intermittent and shifting at best. The teams put up brave performances during the 2-day international event, especially world champions team air-rex whole flew their Flying Wings Prediction SUL 240 to different variations of their 2014 routine to ultimate perfection. The team contributed with 2 of our routines and also a combined effort with Azemi and Noralia, flown to a mashup of “Stairway to Earth” which we first did together in the festival in Cha-Am this year. I believe this is gonna be a staple routine whenever we’d meet again on the kite field 🙂
A few highlights to mention. Chinese team from Guangdong brought with them a magnificent dragon train kite for the night fly event, completed with fire-spouting pyrotechnics and synchronized body lighting. It was certainly a magnificent sight. In the Rokkaku challenge this year, Team AirNergy came in as champions, courtesy of our perennial Rokkaku flier Zul. Albert Chen of team 8+ went to much thought to prepare kite lights and fittings for all the Rev fliers for the night fly event. However, the wind was barely enough to lift the kites with the light fittings off the ground. It was definitely a huge pity.
The post event tour this year took us up the mountains in Miaoli county. We visited the Shengxing train station (same as last year) and Nanzhuang area to seek an elusive mountain stream. Alas, luck was not on our side! The whole stream was filled with rocks, devoid of any flowing stream :(. Nonetheless, we moved on to visit the Nanjing old street and found a steady stream in that area. A group of us trotted down for a good feet soak without hesitation.
We’d like to thank Kevin and Joe Cheng for the immaculate organization and hospitality, as well as team 8+ and all other fliers for the fun and laughter shared during the few short days we had together. Hope to be back again next year!