Thursday, May 08, 2008

Go Fly A Kite

If you take a trip to the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, particularly the hilly areas of the city's perimeter, chances are that you will stumble upon groups of kiting enthusiasts enjoying their favourite past time - flying single-line kites or groups performing aerobatics with their sport kites.

Indeed, watching sport kites in action can be an enthralling experience. And in KL, you just might find a kite buddy somewhere.

In fact, one place in particular is the Metropolitan Park, located in Kepong, north of the city and approachable via the Middle Ring Road, just about 5km from Batu Caves heading towards the Kepong town. The park is on your left.

Blessed with a hilly terrain and surrounding a lake, the park is quite windy all year round.Recently opened, is well suited for kiting - whether you fly single-liners or stuntkites (or sport kites).

During weekends, in the evenings, kiters of all ages, creed and colour can be seen engaging each other in this favourite past time.

Both modern and traditional kites can be seen here. From paper kites to modern sport ktes that are made from waterproof and tough ripstops.

From arm-length miniature single-liners to giant sleds measuring tens of metres long are launched here each weekend. Amazing in their aerobatics are the sport kites of various shapes, sizes and colours. From super fast Symphony to the noisy Revolution, from Rokakus to NPWs. You can find all of them here.

If you are a kiter, you can also find a number of kite suppliers around the park and if you need any information, just ask. This is one sport that is not exclusive to your profession or wealth.

Be it flying sport kites or single-liners or even the huge traction kites, you will find a friend or two at the Metropolitan park.

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