The KLB Open 2014, the biggest international Kite Landboarding Championship took place in the middle of Berlin, from October 03 – 05, on the Tempelhofer Feld, which is the largest inner city kite flying field in the world.
Over 50 contestants from all over Europe competed in three disciplines: Race, Freestyle and Hangtime and strong winds of up to 20 knots offered perfect conditions.
For the fist time, the “Giant Kites Festival” was held Saturday on the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. Visitors had the chance to watch some really huge (20m wide and 40m long) kites floating above the Tempelhofer Field and because is was the windiest day of the year, many visitors had brought their own kites too.
It seems like the sun doesn’t want to come out this summer and what to do on all these grey windy days? Get your kite and off to Tempelhof Airport.
The Tempelhof Airport has been used since closing to host numerous fairs and events. The first major events included the BREAD & BUTTER fashion tradeshow in July and the Berlin Festival 2009 concert in August.
Since 2010 the vast outside area is being used as a city park and therefore a perfect place for activities like kiting, skating, biking, running and even RC cars can be seen from time to time.
And again I visited Berlin’s Gardens of the World because last weekend they celebrated the “Asian Dragon Festival”. It was quite interesting to see an original Chinese dragon carried by 15 helpers performing different figures. They also demonstrate a Chinese dragon kite, but only a small version of the normally 80meters long monsters.
The dragons are seen as wise, benevolent and bringers of good fortune. The heads are all individually hand painted, each one is unique with its own “character”.