Pasir Gudang 2012 – The Festival

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After a week of sight seeing and lots of plentyful meals, we headed further south to Pasir Gudang, to take part in the 17th Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival. All the kiteflyers stay in the same hotel, making the community stronger. Meals are taken together and pool partys take place almost every day.

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In the first night we had the chance to visit the preparations for the local kite competition. All kites to take part in the event have to be meassured and approved by the judges. Malay kites are made from paper, showing traditional pattern. A vast amount of work has to be invested into these kites and it pays off.

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The richness in details achieved by the paper layering technique is simply incredible. This is not just kite making, it is a really seriously taken art form.

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The next day we were out on the field and had 3 new kites have their successful maiden flights.

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Winds were low, so we had time to join the meetings of the ‘International kitefliers Teh Tarik Group’ and get our share of teh tarik. Teh tarik is comprised of black tea, sugar and condensed milk, poured from cup to cup, to get a frothy consistence. The orders for 14 to 16 cups a time overcharged the kitchen crew a little bit. But they got faster each time we came around.

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Besides the low to no wind we had diluvian showers, flooding the field within minutes. A tropical thunderstorm raged through the pavillions, wreaking havoc all over the place. Luckily no-one was seriously injured. Lightning stroke literally meters away from us.

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As a result most of the big inflatable kites were soaking wet and had to be hung out to dry on the surrounding fences for several hours. It looked more like a Laundry Festival than a Kite Festival.

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The wet floor forced the kitefliers to place their bags and packs on chairs, to prevent them from getting soaked, leaving only a few to sit on. This resulted in several cases of chair-snatching.

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One evening we started an indoor flying session in a nearby shopping mall, to the amazement of the security guards and shop owners. Mark Reed from Prism Kite Technology brought along some pre-production kites of the new Prism Zero-G, designed by Ceewan for testing. And testing we did, until one of the kites was snared by a LED chandalier. The Zero-G is a single line glider, with superb steering capabilities. This kite combines the creativity of Ceewan with the superior craftsmanship and experience of Prism Kites. We will get one as soon as they are avaiable.

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On our way back to Kuala Lumpur we stopped by at the beach at Bagan Lalang for some relaxed kiteflying with our Malayan friends Danny and Kris.
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The next day we left for home, the bags full of kites and stories to tell. Again we met lots of old and new friends, saw a bit of Malaysia and had a wonderful trip.
Thanks to all you guys, for taking us around, giving us shelter and showing so much hospitality.