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!
New AKA T-shirt Fundraiser This is the first in a series of special edition runs using this print from Ron Ortega. You can find out more about Ron on our website at kite.org. Wear this shirt and call out to the winds. Dance with the wind and watch your kites soar! By purchasing this […]
November 16th, 2017 WOW! If you attended the Annual Convention in October, chances are you are like me and finding that even tho a month has passed, you find yourself still trying to make heads and tails of everything that happened! It has been a crazy few months for me, and perhaps sometime in the […]
On November 4th, 2017, AKA President Nic O’Neill took to the TEDx Stage to discuss the transformative power of kites. We sat down with her afterwards to ask a few questions about it. But first, a bit more on what exactly a TED talk is. “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in […]
Riks Siemons exemplifies everything that this prestigious award represents. The artistry and the generosity of Lee Toy himself are standards by which Riks Siemons has carved his place within kiting. For well over 30 years, Riks Siemons has set the bar, raised the bar, reinvented the bar, and – most importantly – even widened the […]
This letter is to nominate Valerie Govig to for the Steve Edeikin Award. We have Valerie to thank for our Association. In 1976, she bought Kite Tales and the American Kitefliers’ Association from Bob Ingraham. In reality, the AKA was merely a mailing list of subscribers to Kite Tales. Val gave the organization to […]
We would like to nominated Gayle Woodul for Robert Ingraham for her continued support of the AKA by unselfish giving of her time and financially support them. Her pure love of kiting shows by her actions. As long as I can remember, Gayle, has been on the Board in one position or the other. She […]
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Recent Blog Posts
- Ron Ortega, and a new t-shirt? December 7, 2017
- November Fireside Chat with AKA President November 16, 2017
- AKA President Nic O’Neill takes to the TEDx stage November 6, 2017
- Riks Siemons – 2017 Lee Toy Award Recepient October 24, 2017
- Valerie Govig – 2017 Steve Edeikn Award Recepient October 24, 2017