Modern Living: Taking a Flyer

When scoffers tell Dave Kilbourne, a 31 year-old Californian, to go fly a kite, he is only too happy to oblige. He flies over them in a delta winged kite that looks like a large version of a child's paper dart. "My family all think I'm nuts," he admits, "but this kite flying, launching yourself off a cliff into a breeze, has got to be the most satisfying thing ever."

Kilbourne does, literally, jump off cliffs. His avocation, shared by about 50 adventurous spirits in the San Francisco area, is a new and considerably more dangerous version of...

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