Shea and dad flying kites.
John, Bambi and Shea at Baylands Park, CA Jan 2, 2002. Kites are (l-r) Elixir, Revolution 1.5, Team Hawaiian, and Paradox
Uly Villanueva with his custom 7 stack of Revolution 1.5s.
My guess as to what the 8 foot version of the Katana should look like. Sadly, Marty Sasaki passed away before making any of these.
Dan Whitney (former owner of GWTW) at Shoreline Park, CA. Dan believes.
Neptune by Joel Scholz.
Looks like a Sky Delights Joel Scholz "Neptune" kite to me. Owned by John & Katrina
David Cathey flies his David Davies Skydancer with matching twin tube tails at Baylands Park, CA.
Allen Carter with a New Jam. Photo taken at Baylands Park, CA.
ZeroStar by AeroStar kites (Paul Shirey)
Ron Graziano flies his self-designed and self-made Machine.
Geenie with its unusual bridle. Modeled by Charly Whittaker. Kite designed by Curtiss Mitchell.
Tim Benson Holds a Fizz Phantom. He didn't make this one, but he designed it. Picture taken at Kite Party 2.
Sano SS prototype by Paul Shirey.
Viper with a Pyro backdrop.
ADX by Skyburner Kites.
This is the "Banshee" It is a very efficient flying wing. You have to tug a bit to get it started, but then it turns into an extremely fast kite. Size unknown. Flown and owned by Dave Shattuck.
AirFX Vented by Ken McNeill
AirFX vented by Ken McNeill of the then Aerie Kiteworks.
Icarus by Andrew Vassallo.
WSO UL or SUL.
Black Rainbow Vapor by Prism Kites.
Black Rainbow Vapor
Jim Strealy with Revolution.
Bill Haebler with his beautiful Mamba done in a bird theme.
Proton II indoor kites. Following text by Jean-Paul Conne: Kites for indoor designed by Christian Lay and built by CDC.
Benson "Inner Space" with center "b" applique replaced
Icarus by Andrew "Mauler" V.
Vented Phantom by Tim Benson. Owned and flown by David Barnby.
Speed Limit by Paul Shuman. This is a vented kite. But it has inherent, passive, variable venting. 4 flaps open and close allowing air pressure to go through the venting in the red areas.
"Fury" by Carl Robertshaw and Revolution 1.5. Both in rainbow color patterns.
Krystal by R-Sky (l) and Fury by Carl Robertshaw (r). Photo probably by Dan Whitney
Dennis "Dorsal" Fishback. Passed away in March of 2011.
Wayne Knott of Masquerade Kites (a short lived company of quality kites) made both of these appliqued beauties.
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STX 2.3 by CdC kites in France. Designed by Jean-Paul Conne.
CdC STX 2.3 logo close-up.
Matt & Jonathan With Their 3 Airplanes
Matt & Jonathan In Flight
Here, you pull one way, I'll pull the other.
Baylands Park. Here I am with our Airdynamics T2 SUL. Photo by Bambi Chilese.
John Barresi with 1 of only 2 Katana Venteds at the Berkeley Marina.
Hoopty Fighter by Jeff Howard after I got mad at it.
After losing 25 points in a row in a Fighter Competition, I had a little talk with my overly stable kite. Years later, the skin was sent to another kiter who will be much kinder to it.
The legend, Ray Bethell.
Emmalee & David Kirk at the 2004 Berkeley Kite Festival
Yo-Yo Made By John Rollins (who also makes SkySail kites)
Katana Vented prototype by Marty Sasaki. Photo by my daughter Shea.
Custom Mamba by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites. Photo taken remotely at Shoreline Kite Park (that's the remote in my left hand).
Transfer by L'Atelier
Is it a duck or a rabbit?
Blue Fade Paradox by Spirit of Air Kites.
David Barnby, the best dressed kiter at Shoreline Park, CA.
Saturday, David In The Background
Photo by Wayne Fu. Saturday we had a good turnout. I even brought out Bambi's Raptor II 1.7 for some quad line foil work.
From The Fermins
David flying here. He bought both HQ Midi's from Bob and then Dorsal fixed them up.
Minor Crash In Progress
Pretty good unintentional action shot here. David be careful, one of those is mine. Earl setting up in the background. Wayne's Vented Illusion overhead.
Very Nice Tricksters
In an old school way. David was happy when the shoot was over so he could go back to having fun.
There Were All So Good
I only threw away two of the pictures from this group. Striking asymmetric design really works.
Next Time I'll Bring Out The Midi Sandpiper And we will have a father son kite shoot.
Final Midi Shoot
Got lucky and caught this backflip. (My thanks to Jim Swenson for transferring text on so many photos.)
For Wayne Knott
Photo by Wayne Fu. Cisco had this great idea for a Mini-Dreamweaver Kite Shoot. So we got 2 Ronins, a Snowflake and this Sahara. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Emmalee Kirk with her custom Quantum Pro
Gone With The Wind Chico Warehouse and Kite Museum.
Steve Hall before he became a thin young man.
Mike Albanese and David Harper.
Ann and Dennis Fishback.
Dave Dias, Ken McNeill, Mike Baker, Rod Thrall and Bruce McGuire.
Mike Baker and Dennis Fishback
Mark L., Ken McNeill and Paul Horner.
Mike Albanese and Dave Deas at the taping stage.
This 2 day workshop convinced me that I should not make sport kites or use a sewing machine.
See how the tables have been raised to a good standing working height.
Ken McNeill (left) and David Harper.
Mojo Workshop at GWTW, Chico.
Workshop Mojo UL. Panels pre-cut by Ken McNeill. Sewing by John Chilese (Thankfully, the kite flies just fine)
Paul Shirey writes: Attached is a motivational poster proudly displayed in my workshop. Thanks for inspiring me John! (Don’t get offended…just some good natured ribbing!)
As The Wind Settled
I took out my new Mojo UL, made at the Chico workshop with Ken McNeill as the teacher. Yes, this Chilese built kite actually flys quite nicely, although my sewing looks like caca compared to Ken's.
Matching Toilets And Grass. Green is in. (text for many pictures transferred by Jim Swenson from my older Webshots website)
With Sunset Overtones, Low light hitting the sails is always a big plus.
In light winds Allen drifted the Warrior closer and closer to me in this fade position.
From 10 Feet Away
I got this shot and then headed home to post the pictures and watch the Apprentice.
Made In Australia
Please correct me on this.
Actually, the paraglider was made in Australia. I don't know where Scott started off in life, but he sure knew how to handle this big rig.
Scott left shortly after these photos. I introduced myself and got a little information. Thanks for your time Scott. Maybe you can try one of my tiny kites next time.
Also Motor Driven
Scott also likes to launch using a motor driven fan to propel himself around.
Jose (glasses lower right) holds up his green fade Paradox by Spirit of Air. Shoreline Amphitheater in the background.
My friend Ross with the kites of the day (Quantum Pro, Katana, Mamba).
C21 Extreme UL Prototype. All interior seams are glued only. No sewing on the interior panels at all.
C21 Extreme UL Prototype. Note that all inner panel seams are glued only. No sewing. As of 2015, still no problems.
Spirit 5 stack. Stack lines made by Dennis Fishback.
Spirit 5 stack. Top lines red, middle lines white and bottom lines blue.
333 by Guildworks. Text taken from Guildworks website: With a Tension-Suspended Tri-Dimensional AirFoil, these 3-line kites have easy omni-directional flight control. Its unique triangular handle allows precise piloting by twisting, tilting, and moving your hand. For a great show, fly one from each hand. Various sizes made for fun in your office to flights on the beach.
Star Fire by the late Irv Crosby.
Star Fire by the late Irv Crosby. Flown by the formerly chubby Steve Hall.
Mach 1 by Gary Dromgold. Pilot Steve Hall at Shoreline Kite Park, CA.
Katana Vented. One of possibly on two venteds made by Marty Sasaki.
Aaron Champie inspects his Trilobyte.
Brian Champie, Allen Carter and Laurent Moll at Shoreline Park, CA.
Photo by Uly. Quantum standard flown by John Chilese.
Close-up of Quantum Pro zip-tie stops used if the yoyo stopper fails to catch the lines in a rollup.
Quantum Pro aluminum center-T with sliding weight system.
Prism Vapor sail #659 arrives ready for flight.
Prism Vapor SUL coming out of a fade.
Vapor in standard Red/White.
Cecil holds up a Blue Moon MSE.
Mitch with his Nirvana SUL at Shoreline Park, CA.
Herb Weldon "Synchro" owned and flown by Dave Sabilino
John Barresi looks at a Herb Weldon "Synchro"
Synchro flown by Art Strohl.
2 Synchros made by Herb Weldon on the ground and a Spark being held
Dean Jordan X-1 Spark SUL
Herb Weldon Synchro
Herb Weldon "Synchro"
Uly holds a Sky Burner Prodancer SUL while Moon figures out the flying order.
Dave Sabilino with a Katana UL by the late Marty Sasaki.
Dave Sabilino with an Aladino quad-line.
Ben Lummas with a dual-line.
(l-r) Steve Hall, Rob Baptie, Dan Whitney
(l-r) Anthony, Bella, Betty and Frank.
3D Stereogram of a Blue Moon Kites Mamba (Just focus halfway between the picture and your eyes)