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Originally published Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:30 AM

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No wind, no problem for indoor kite-flyers

Several groups in the Puget Sound area are dedicated to flying windless, or indoor, kites, propelled by the operator’s balance of movement and technique.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Fit & Fun

The two-day 13th annual Windless Kite Festival begins Saturday in Long Beach, Pacific County, but you don’t need to trek so far if you want to learn the activity that practitioners say can be either peaceful or aerobic.

A new group called Windless in Shoreline meets from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month — including this Thursday — in the Calvin Presbyterian Church gym in Shoreline. For questions, contact Bob Plant at

Windless (or indoor) kites need no wind. Defying gravity, they are propelled by the operator’s balance of movement and technique.

Another kiting group uses the Crossroads Community Center in Bellevue on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The contact is Elliott Brogren

There also is a group that flies in Milton, Pierce County, not to mention another indoor-kite festival there next month.

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Fit & Fun is a weekly notice about active recreational opportunities in the Greater Seattle area. To suggest a future item, contact Richard Seven:

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