Fanø - Island of the Kites

Kommer man til Fanø midten af juni oplever man noget helt ekstraordinært. På den store strand på vestsiden har dragerne indtaget stranden. Mange tusinder drager fylder himlen i et spektakulært syn. Der er drager på himlen, på jorden, overalt hvor man kigger, er der drager. Fra kæmpestore dyr til små mariehøns , der hopper på jorden.

 

Beach activities

 

Kite flying

 

Fanø is the kite flyers’ El Dorado. The wide beach and stable wind conditions make Fanø one of the best places in the world for flying kites.

 

Kite flying is for everyone. There are several shops that sell ready-made kites for both beginners and advanced users. If you feel like building your own kite, Club Fanø arranges kite-building workshops for children all year round.

 

Kite flying is also a sport. Most of the summer season from April to October, kite flyers come to Fanø to set up their kites. These come in all shapes and sizes, from small traditional handheld kites to huge kites that are fixed to the ground. 

 

Every year in June, about 5,000 kite enthusiasts from all over the world gather on Fanø. Many of the participants design and build their own kites, often shaped as people, cartoon characters, animals and, of course, kites. The old tradition of decorating the kites can also be experienced on Fanø. There are no competitions or shows, as the event is merely a gathering, but the kite flyers will gladly tell the audience about their kites.

 

For the new kite flier

You can start by judging the size of the kite compared to the strength of the wind. You can do this before you start flying it by holding the kite up by hand; you can then feel how much the wind pulls the kite.

Connect the kite with the flying line and then, against the wind direction, roll out approximately 40 metres of the line. Get a good hold on the handle and then ask mom or dad to hold the kite up against the wind before letting it go. The kite should not be thrown into the air but rather catch the wind by itself and then rise up. Now you should be able to enjoy the amazing view of your kite against the sky. If the kite starts falling, you should be able to solve this by pulling slightly on the flying line or alternatively by walking a few steps against the wind direction.

You can use and reuse your kite many times if you make sure to roll up the flying line well and wrap the kite up. Perhaps you can put a piece of tape on the handle of the flying line so that it does not accidentally roll out.

 

Fanø International Kite Fliers Meeting er det største dragetræf i verden. Det er ikke en festival i normal forstand. Det er et mødested for drageflyvere fra hele verden, som mødes og har det sjovt på stranden. vi andre er velkomne til at komme og se på, snakke med drageflyverne og nyde både vejret og de farverige drager. Der er ingen entre.

 

 

De fleste af os har prøvet at flyve med drager som børn, enten en hjemmelavet drage eller en drage købt i en butik. Tit er vi dog blevet skuffede, dragen var af dårlig kvalitet og kunne ikke flyve. Det behøver dog ikke at være svært. hvis man går ind i en rigtig dragebutik kan man får en overkommelig pris købe en drage, der både er holdbar og nem at flyve med. Har man først prøvet at opleve en drage højt til vejrs, bliver man meget nemt grebet af drageflyvningen. På Fanø er det også muligt hos Club Fanø at bygge sin egen drage. Det er en meget enkel drage, men den flyver godt. Det er en en endnu større oplevelse at flyve med noget, som man selv har lavet. Selv ganske små børn kan være med, det handler først og fremmest om at dekorere dragen, Selve bygningen hjælper de voksne.