The New York Kite Enthusiasts, "NYKE" for short (pronounced: nī´kē)(rhymes with tie-key), originally formed in the capital region of New York as an organized club in the fall of 1998, to share a mutual passion for kiting with each other and the general public.
NYKE sponsors ongoing kiting activities that include both outdoor and indoor kite flying, kite building and sewing workshops, kite building workshop with kids, and supporting regional kite festivals. NYKE members have completed at the regional and national level and have held national titles in fighter kites, Rokkaku battling, and kite building.
At our Outdoor Fun Flys we meet on our flying field and enjoy getting as many kites into the air as possible. The Indoor Fun Flys involve flying ultra-light kites on short flying lines, no fans, no wind!
All events are FREE and open to the public.
Please come and join us!
The running of the bols is a signature event at every NYKE show! Interaction with the public is always one of our goals.
A Bol is a small parachute shaped kite. You'll see them in 2 sizes at our events. 4 foot diameter and 8 foot diameter. Playing with a bol is a great way to allow younger children to interact with kites safely. Many times prizes are awarded and fun is had by all.
Build your own Bol! Simple plans for the triangle assemblage bols are on-line here!
A favorite way to play with the wind. A group of competitors each latch onto an 8 foot diameter parachute and run head-first into the wind. An exhausting and exciting time!
And sometimes you can just play by yourself...