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

  • 2018 Convention

    It’s official! We are headed to Shreveport, Louisiana! Make your plans now to attend. More details will follow in the coming months  

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  • 2017 – Ocean City, Maryland

    40th Annual American Kitefliers Association Annual Convention and Grand Nationals – Ocean City, Maryland Here are all the results from the Grand National Sport Kite Championships and the Kitemaking events from the 2017 AKA Annual Convention in Ocean City, Maryland.  

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  • 2017-2018 Board of Directors

    Please take a second to welcome the Board of Directors for 2017-2018. We will be doing features on not only our new Board members, but features on those whose term is over. Stay tuned to the AKA Blog for more updates. We are all currently returning from the fun at the convention and getting caught […]

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  • Election Results

    For the full totals please logon to the members only page. President – Nic O’Neill Regional Directors Region 2 – Kurtis Jones Region 5 – John Graves Region 8 – Phillip Whitaker Region 10 – Andrew Cimburek

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  • Convention Updates

    Daily Mass Ascensions Coordinator: Phil Broder Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Field 1 Tue – Rokkakus and Fighters sponsored by Maryland Kite Society Wed – Cellular and Dimensional sponsored by Washington Kite Association Thu – Soft Kites sponsored by Westport Windriders Fri – Sport Kites sponsored by Wisconsin Kiters Sat – Delta […]

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  • Press Release for AKA Convention

    MEDIA CONTACT Daniel Prentice Kiting Magazine Editor & Executive Director   Press Release: American Kitefliers Association FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dreams are taking flight: A gathering of the best kite fliers and kite makers in the world. September 20th, 2017 – The American Kitefliers Association will be hosting it’s 40th annual convention on the beautiful shores 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.