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Jo Baker from Australia wrote on February 7, 2018:
(Admin note: This entry is copied from a Facebook comment posted in August 2016 after Bali Kite Championships and Belega Kite Competition)

WOW !!!!! what a great experience to attend two of Bali's amazing Kite Competitions. We worked the dates of our trip to Bali over 2 wonderful kite weekends with 5 days in the middle for some R & R in some nice warm weather. We attended July 22 โ€“ 24 Bali Kite Championships and July 30 โ€“ 31 Belega Kite Competition.

Bali's Kite culture is so very different from the rest of the world, its traditional, religious and colorful.The Kites ( 3 different sorts) are all large and heavy and amazing that they get off the ground. Thankfully Bali has strong winds this time of the year...well most of the time. The blessing of the kites ceremony was moving, the competitions very competitive but full of respect for each other. The first thing you notice is the ages of the kite flyers.... all young athletes... the large numbers of kite flyers needed to get these large kites in the air... and the community that got behind and supported the kite flyers. We were made most welcome and it was lovely to sit back and just enjoy the atmosphere and the kites.

We learnt heaps and had a great time. Many thanks toย Andreas ร…grenย for his organisation and invitation to such a marvelous event. I strongly urge all kite flyers to go to Bali and experience a very different side of Kiting, and there is no need to take your kites...just enjoy the locals doing what they do best.