Berkeley Kite Festival Custom Rainbow E2s by Prism kites.
This is the Photoshopped version of the previous picture.
Mark Reed and John Welden flying Prism stacks.
John Welden (left) and Mark Reed (right) untangling their twin Micron stacks.
Untangling 2 Mircron stacks.
Steve LaPorte with his self-made and self-designed quad-line Spirit. Steve has been a clown for the circus and a make-up artist for movies and TV shows such as "Lost".
Mix McGraw at the 2003 Berkeley Kite Festival going for a world record in stacked kite flying.
Going for a world record at Berkeley.
WWII M357A box kite used by the military to lift metal antenna for downed pilots.
Military M357A rescue box kite from WWII.
David Barnby (suit), John Gillespie (hat), Allen Carter (no socks) after a few minutes of zero wind flying. (text mostly by Allen Carter)
Was mine - looks like its at Shoreline - Framed as a UL. The sail was pretty beat up. (text by Brett Grant)
Me. Notice the homemade winder. IIRC, Dave busted a LE doing a tip stab with this kite. Those D8's were hard to find back then. (text by Brett Grant)
John Gillespie and David Barnby at Shoreline Park, California.
A really big foil flown on the beach in San Francisco.
Mamba in San Francisco flown by Ross Velardi. Winds were 15 mph and this kite flew so fast, the bridle broke, but nothing else.
Pre-flight inspection at Shoreline Park, CA.
Uly Villanueva with his custom 7 stack of Revs.
Lee Stroup flying a miniature dual line at Shoreline Park, CA.
This is Dodd Gross with his new (at the time) Seduction. He brought many New Tech kites for anyone to try out. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Seduction UL designed by Dodd Gross for New Tech Kites.
Pyro by Dodd Gross for New Tech Kites.
Masquerade by Wayne Knott of Dreamweaver Kites. Pyro in the background.
Wayne Knott "Masquerade" in front of a Pyro SLK.
Total Eclipse by Prism Kites designed by Mark Reed. Pyro SLK in background.
Bambi with Gemini on left and Marcela with the last classic paneled Mojo on the right. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Dodd Gross with New Jam.
Gemini (Broken & Fixed Immediately by Dodd Gross) He got the right parts and fixed the kite on the spot. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Imperial UL by Jeff Howard. Flown by David Barnby. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
ZeroStar in grey by Paul Shirey. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Revolution 1.5 and Pig. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
2 Zerostars by Paul Shirey.
E2 by Mark Reed of Prism Kites. Flown by Jim Byrne. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Opium by R-Sky. Flown by Jim Byrne. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Trick Tail 200.
Dodd Gross, Ken McNeill & David Barnby.
3rd generation Mojo by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Odyssey by Peter Taylor of Airdynamics Kites.
Ken McNeill with a Mojo.
First Mach 1 by Gary Dromgold.
ADX by Jon Trennepohl of Skyburner Kites. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Mickey McKay with his beautiful Mamba.
Mamba by Blue Moon Kites
Dharma by Airdynamics in England.
Dharma by Peter Taylor of Airdynamics Kites. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Odyssey held in a tip stab by Ken McNeill.
Mojo by Ken McNeill of BLue Moon Kites.
Dave with his Jabberwocky (built by Bob Childs).
Jon Trennepohl with one of his ADX Skyburner Kites.
Jim Byrne had his Dreamweaver "Masquerade" by Wayne Knott fall into the ocean as the tide was coming in. He yelled at me, "Get it!". Continuing to take pictures, I yelled back, "I am!" The next several pictures were taken shortly after this.
Jim actually redunked the kite a few times so I could "capture" the dripping water.
Best facial expression in any kite photo.
And then we set up for a few sunset shots. For 2003, this was as close to "glam" shots as you would ever find for a kite.
Slightly different angle, much different lighting.
My favorite picture of a kite with pilot closer to the photographer.
Then we hit a magic moment.
Flying while laying on the wet sand. Thanks Jim.
Shattuck (standing), Whitney, Champie, Champie and Gillespie. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Utopia by Flying Wing.
Chris punishes an Inner Space in the background.
Sweety by Wolfgang Siebert of WS Drachenkiste. I probably misspelled something there. This 95% mylar design was perfect for the ocean and sunset.
(l-r) Ken McNeill, Dodd Gross, Jon Trennepohl
(l-r) Firestorm, Gibian SLK, Mamba, Thor's Hammer
Vented STX 2.3 flying and a STX 2.1 under it.
STX 2.3 Vented
F1 High Wind kite by Gary Dromgold.
Dodd Gross's New Tech Kites.
Steve Brown holds his gifted Sandpiper.
Mawuse with one of his many self-made sport kites.
Sean & Bambi with a Thor's Hammer
Firebird. An early Skyburner Kite.
Steve Brown holds an Aerie Kiteworks Diablo made by Ken McNeill.
Probably a Bad Boy by Peter Betancourt. Flown by Jim Byrne. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
ADX by Jon Trennepohl of Skyburner Kites.
Jon Trennepohl with an ADX by Skyburner Kites. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Peter Lynn Giant Inflatable Gecko
Ken McNeill with a self-made Blue Moon MSE.
10.5 foot wingspan "Pandora" by Flying Wing Kites. David Barnby in the background.
Level One C21 Extreme UL Prototype. All interior panels are glued only, no interior sewing.
Airdynamics Kites by Peter Taylor in England.
David & Emmalee Kirk at Shoreline Kite Park, California. February, 2003
Total Eclipse with homemade bridle. Upper Center-T removed.
I believe these are Ralphies, not HyperKites
Rev 1 stack.
Miguel Rodriguez with his self made California Wasp.
Uly playing dead so the team kites don't get him.
A stack of Hyper-Kites
John Chilese with his competition set of Lithiums by L'Atelier.
AirFX by Aerie Kiteworks Bridle Measurements
AirFX 32 by Ken McNeill.
Shane Hill with an AeroStar ZeroStar.
3 Opiums by R-Sky.
Vented Opium by R-Sky.
Kestrel by Sky Delights (Joel K. Schulz). This same design was also used for a hummingbird and 2 different fish panel layouts. Owned by Dave Sabilino.
Shiva Half Vented
Original Katana by Marty Sasaki. Flown at Crissy Field by John Gillespie.
John Barresi back when he use to smoke.
Renegade Customs by Pam Markie. Pam was sure she was going to get sued by Hugh Hefner, but Stan talked her into making these fine looking noisemakers.
Pam Markie's kites were made in the late 80s and early 90s. This model would accept the normal standoff and this bowed one.
Jim Byrne visited Shoreline Kite Park on June 22, 2003. He brought this (then new) beautiful C21 UL.
Jim Byrne will usually find the limits of a kite. Here he practices his Origami technique on the C21 UL Extreme.
Total Eclipse by Prism Kites at Shoreline Park, CA.
High Level by Level One. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Berkeley special edition Prism E2s.
Texas Wasp. Not related to the California Wasp.
Ron Graziano and Ari practicing their dance moves.
The Kite Hill Gang plus a few others.
Vince Maranta, my favorite Revolution flier.
NSR (North Shore Radical)
Tricktail UL in a fade.
Here is a nice shot of John receiving a Custom Mamba. I seem to recall that this was a complete surprise to him. We through a nice BBQ at baylands which was really a surprise party to get him this kite. Steve may remember more. It was a good time. (text by Brett Brant)
Mambas by Blue Moon Kites
Custom Mamba with mylar panels flown by Laurent Moll.
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One of the few green kites Steve Hall likes.
Robert Brassington design
A younger and heavier Steve Hall in Chico, Ca. Here he is being assaulted by some semi-friendly Revs.
Carl Robertshaw Delta Serpent being hauled in by Steve Hall while Dennis Fishback watches.
Steve Hall with a Pyro in Chico, California.
Paul Horner with the Zenith (l) and the larger Midi (r).
Sean & Mary met us in Chico for a day of flying. To look more official, we had them hold Bambi's kite bag. We ended up giving them a Tracer UL (framed in Advantage rods) just purchased used on the field that day. I hadn't even seen the kite. October 2003.
AirMaster Vanishing Point by PBSK
Dreamweaver Ronin with custom Unicorn applique.
Photo taken by Jean Paul Conne in France
Sonic by Peter Werba
This is a logo I designed for Dennis (Dorsal) Fishback. He has made amazing repairs to many of my broken kites. Thanks Dennis. Dennis passed on March 21, 2011.
Yes, that's me (John Chilese) in my Killer Bee outfit with a Blue Moon Killer Bee Kite. My co-model is John Welden.
Photo taken: November 2003. Pyro by Frank Schwiemann Considered by many the most beautiful SLK (Single Line Kite). It is 11 feet across and over 30 feet long. The key to it's grace is the material. The tails ripple and flow unlike any other large kite.
"Kite Addiction" Logo. For a while kiters were treated to free webservice courtesy of Michael Teator. As a thank you, I made this logo for him. Presented as a computer wallpaper.
(left to right) AirFX: standard, 32 panel, Vented. All made by Ken McNeill.
Sewing detail on a Pulsar by Paul Shirey.