Professionals take to the skies at Jamestown festivalJamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - There's a Professional Kite Flying team performing in Jamestown this weekend.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - There's a Professional Kite Flying team performing in Jamestown this weekend.
Yes, you heard that right, professional kite flyers. These highly-skilled teams travel the country showing off impressive aerial maneuvers.
More than 20 years ago, Mike Kory took a leisurely afternoon hobby and turned it into something more.
Mike Kory, 180 Go!: "I used to fly kites as a kid, then one day I saw one of these stunt kites and just thought it was the coolest thing."
Becoming a "professional kite flier" has taken him around the world. He performs with 180 Go!, a stunt kite team based in Illinois.
Kory: "We have kites with four strings, so we have complete control over them. We can make them turn, flip, whatever we want."
They use their mastery of maneuvering to perform routines to music. It's called "kite ballet."
The Jamestown annual Wings and Strings brought the group in this year.
Chris Dodson, Festival Organizer: "We just wanted to show off what else you can do and they say it's one of their favorite festivals to attend."
There isn't really a school for it and you can't major in professional kite flying. So, the team takes care of training.
They learn most of their skills on their own before joining.
Kory: "We don't get paid or anything. It's just a serious hobby and we love doing it."
If you would like to learn some of these skills, you can visit the Illinois Kite Enthusiasts online community at IkeClub.org.
The Jamestown Kite Festival continues tomorrow.