Our Kite Designers
After finishing school, I became a carpenter and later a social worker. Got fed up with those professions pretty quickly, but got hooked on kites.
Author, musician, language teacher, and independent researcher in applied linguistics, semiotics and the philosophy of language, has been designing and building star-shaped kites for some 35 years.
Born in Hobart and like many Tasmanians spent many years away from my Island. Twenty-five years ago, Tracey and I returned from living in southern England. We moved to the town of St. Helens on the east coast. We were involved in ornamental horticulture, both as our careers and our passions. Kite making presented itself as our career change.
I began making and flying kites while living in Hawaii in 1976. After years as a painter, sculptor and graphic artist, the experimental combination of working in light weight sculptural forms and a constant source of good trade winds probably made the leap to kites inevitable.
Early 1970s. Laid off from Convair in San Diego, I went back to my home state of Arizona and found temporary work doing time domain induced polarization and resistivity surveying with Mining Geophysical Surveys. It was hard work but I enjoyed being out of doors.
Paul de Bakker
Paul was born and raised in the Netherlands, and moved to the USA in 2006. He is a composites engineer by trade, with over 20 years of experience as a kite designer, builder and performer.
Starting his competitive career at the age of 15 just after being introduced to kiting in 1990, John has collected 31 US championships in both dual and quad line disciplines for outdoor, indoor, solo, pairs and team categories, he has also performed professionally for Volkswagen, Red Bull, Cavalia and Firestone.
Jeanne and Ray Merry
Originally from London, Ray is well known for his early design of the Flexifoil and work with kites in the UK. Jeanne, a native of New Jersey, began designing kites and wind socks for local retail beach shops.