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

  • Ron Ortega, and a new t-shirt?

    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 Wear this shirt and call out to the winds. Dance with the wind and watch your kites soar! By purchasing this […]

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    November Fireside Chat with AKA President

    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 […]

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  • AKA President Nic O’Neill takes to the TEDx stage

    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 […]

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  • Riks Siemons – 2017 Lee Toy Award Recepient

    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 […]

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  • Valerie Govig – 2017 Steve Edeikn Award Recepient

    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 […]

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  • Gayle Woodul – 2017 Robert Ingraham Award Recepient

    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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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.