Skynamics takes flight in South Kitsap
June 12, 2008 · Updated 1:19 PM
"The windy but clear autumn weather of November is a good sign for Doug Smith. He owns Skynamics, a kite shop located on West Belfair Highway next to Dee's Darts and Mothersboard Computers in Gorst. For those with raised eyebrows about the prospects for success of a kite shop, Doug Smith knows just what to say.There's something for everyone, Smith says. There are all different facets of (kites). If that's true, Doug Smith provides most of them. He opened Skynamics in September and is the sole propriator of the business.I'm starting small - out-of-pocket, says Smith, who opened Skynamics only as a side job. He actually works full-time as an electrician at Boeing in Kent. The kite shop is more of an extension of a beloved hobby.When I was married, my wife and I went to the International Kite Fest at Long Beach, said Smith. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful things flying in the air.Skynamics offers a wide variety of different types of kites for sale. Single-lined kites, which are kites that are stable, go up and fly, and look pretty, according to Smith. The styles to choose from include dragons, which have 25-foot tails; delta, a large triangle shaped kite, usually multicolored; diamond; birds, butterflies, two sizes of ships; and a unique kite called a Symphony, which Doug Smith describes as a multicolored kite made of a foil-like material.Another type of kite at Skynamics is the stunt kite. Stunt kites are designed for doing different tricks. Indoor kites are stunt kites that are lightweight and often called no-wind kites. Indoor kite flying is the newest craze, says Doug Smith.Ballet kites are stunt kites with smooth, soft movements and precision kites are very straight and turn sharp corners. Freestyle kites are the most radical, according to Smith, who also says that they have fast and frilly moves.Not only does Skynamics sell kites, they also offer a variety of services such as parts, fitting, repair, accessories (such as extra line and kite bags), how-to-videos, and the option to make your own kite.Doug Smith says that customers can watch the how-to-video, or if they want assistance after they buy the kite, he may be able to help them with tips and tricks upon request.The price range for the kites at Skynamics range from $8 to $200.There's actually more expensive kites than that, says Smith, but that's about the range that I'm in right now.Upcoming plans for Skynamics are definitely in the making.This store is dedicated to all different kinds of kite flying, says Smith. I plan on getting banners and other toys with kids playing in the wind.Some of these toys already available are mystics, which are juggling sticks; zunis, which are streamers you can dance with indoors; and a diablo, which is a toy that dances on a string.Another idea Smith has is to get children more involved in kite flying. I hope to possibly bring small groups of children from campfire groups or schools and teach them that kites are fun and educational, says Smith, who wants to highlight the history and making of kites. I have a passion for kites, laughs Doug Smith, who coined the motto for Skynamics as Fly something fun.Smith is also working on starting a kite flyers appreciation club, which had its first meeting on Nov. 14. "