The AKA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing kite flying with the world.

Founded in 1964 by the late Robert M. Ingraham of New Mexico, the American Kitefliers Association (AKA) has thousands of members in 25 countries, making it the largest association of kite fliers and kite clubs in the world. Our purpose is to educate the public in the art, history, technology, and practice of building and flying kites - to advance the joys and values of kiting in all nations.

We strive to promote public awareness of the pleasures and educational opportunities that kites provide. They can remind us about how we interact with our environment and each other. Kites can be a source of community building, breaking down barriers that typically prevent us from interacting. No words are needed to fly a kite!

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Latest Blog Posts

  • 2016 – Seaside, Oregon

    39th Annual American Kitefliers Association Annual Convention and Grand Nationals – Seaside, Oregon Here are all the results from the Grand National Sport Kite Championships and the Kitemaking events from the 2016 AKA Annual Convention in Seaside, Oregon

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  • Full Competition Results

    UPDATED!!! For the Scores, please go to the tab above – Competition – Grand Nationals – Past Results   Bowed Kites  John Pollock – Luminous Amaryus Chris Hanson – Horse In Spring Deb Lenzen – Painted Desert Mike Mosman – Drone Mike Shaw – OKC Off Kilter Chicken Chuck Jones – Dorothea Wanwan Marzlie Freeman – […]

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  • Sustainable Membership

    As we all unpack from the convention and get started on next years festivities, there is one thing that popped up during the Annual Business Meeting from the AKA’s Parliamentarian and Fundraising Extraordinaire Ted Manekin. That was the start of the Sustaining Membership Program. This program is designed to help the AKA not only keep […]

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  • AKA Convention, Day 5 – Friday

    What a rollercoaster of wind yesterday!  At first we thought it was going to be nice and calm, but after mid day the weather kicked it up a notch and reports from the stunt kite field were that it was cranking over 20mph. Mixed in with rain, the now wet sand was blowing all over […]

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  • AKA Convention Day 4

    The weather wasn’t quite what was expected yesterday. The Sport Kite competition from Tuesday was run yesterday, and it worked wonderfully. There was a mix of good to strong wind. With the wind cranking up to 18mph during the novice competition. This made the sport kite competition exciting, with the top wind speed allowable for […]

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  • AKA Convention Day 3

    WOAH!!! What a special day yesterday!! The weather wasn’t great, in fact it caused us to move some things around like our sport kite competitions and our mass ascensions. Who wants to stand in the crashing waves and thunderstorm rain clouds to fly a kite? Last night was the Annual Business Meeting, and some of […]

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What type of kite activity are you interested in?


Single Line Kites

Most traditional kites as you know them are single line, both classic and modern, a variety of shapes can be flown on just one string.

Dual Line Kites

Also commonly referred to as "sport" or "stunt" kites, two string kites are controllable in the sky and sometimes flown in team formations.

Quad Line Kites

Fully controllable with four strings, quad line kites can hover in mid-air and are popular for large groups of team flying worldwide.

Kite Making

Whether you use classic materials like paper and wood or delve into modern materials, the artistic and design possibilities are endless.
KAP beach (by Dan Brinnehl)

Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)

Kite Aerial Photography is a unique art with a view from above.  With a kite in the air, a camera is suspended from the flying line and takes photos with an unusual perspective.

Fighter Kites

One of the oldest styles in history, fighter kites are controllable with one string and are popular through Asia and the Middle east.


If you're looking to test your skills in positive and encouraging formats, there is competition available for every genre of kiting from kite making to sport kite championships.

Indoor Kiting

Using one, two or four strings, indoor kites are specially designed to fly with simple movement indoors, without any wind at all.

Power Kites

Feel the tug and power of the wind, power kites are often used for "traction" engines to pull fliers on surf and land boards, buggies and more.