In this episode I talk with Paul de Bakker, Hunter Brown, Devin Cobleigh Morrison and Spencer Watson about new school vs old school tricks. How do we define it, is there a clear definition? Does it really matter? You may notice that my microphone has a few issues when I am moderating the conversation. Thankfully the guys deliver with some great viewpoints and thoughts and the conversation just moves right along!
In this episode we are taking a little bit of a break from the group discussion, and I am going to take a moment to dive into some basics of sport kite flying. If you are a super experienced flier, this might not be the episode for you, or maybe you will hear something and it might encourage you to share your thoughts. As always, we would love to hear from you, whether you agree, disagree, or find yourself talking back at the podcast like we are in the room with you. Find us on facebook under sportkite.org. Or, you can always shoot us an email at By the way, if you like what you have heard here and would like to see it continue, consider becoming a supporter. Go to buymeacoffee.com/sportkite.
This is the last part of our initial four part conversation talking about sport kite flying and progression, and in this one Paul de Bakker, Hunter Brown, John McCracken, Devin Cobleigh Morrison and Zach Gordon delve into imagining what a new sport kite competition would look like. Devin kicks it off with some insight into perhaps why sport kite competition has declined in popularity over the last decade. Zach breaks down what would make or break competition regarding spectators. Hunter, as the guy who never competed, suggests real time scoring and drama are critical. Paul adds some historical perspective from Tricks Party style format. I then chime in with some of my experience training for an ultra trail race. John then guides the conversation into some of the infrastructure changes he sees are needed. Ultimately, we all agree that the future ahead may come from events like a Sport Kite Camp. Free form, free flowing, exchanging of thoughts.
In this episode Paul de Bakker, Hunter Brown, John McCracken, Devin Cobleigh Morrison and Zach Gordon talk about if competition is necessary for learning how to fly Sport Kites. John kicks it off with some insight into a personal approach to competition Zach adds that competition is perhaps the easiest way to engage with other fliers. Devin gives us some insight into how facing intimidation and vulnerability is a part of the learning process. For Paul competition helps deal with discipline and adaptation. Perhaps there is something to learn from our approach to competition, and how it may change our progression as kite fliers. Let’s get started.
In this Second episode the crew of Paul de Bakker, Hunter Brown, John McCracken, Devin Cobleigh Morrison and Zach Gordon discuss if there is a best way or right way to learn how to fly sport kites. Zach kicks it off with some basic tips that will help everyone. Devin then gives insight on the general learning process. Paul points out advantages to playing and experimenting. John adds some great insight into the styles of learning and Hunter touches on how equipment and time is important.
Welcome everyone to the first episode of the Sport Kite Podcast where we will be talking about any and all things sport kite related. Over the next episodes we hope to talk about everything from how to set up your first sport kite, to more advanced stuff like how to tweak your trick flying, and kind of a little bit of everything in between. I am your host, Nic O’Neill, founder of sportkite.org, and I wanted to thank you for tuning in and listening.
In this first episode we get to meet the other members of the sport kite podcast, and then jump right in to perhaps the most important question when it comes to sport Kites, and that is what is a sport kite. If you would like to know more about the folks on the podcastl, head on over to sportkite.org and click on the podcast link. I hope you enjoy, and would love to hear what you think!