Welcome to the 2011 AISF. First off, the Committee did an amazing job of not only organizing, but working before, during and after to make sure all invited guests were treated incredibly well. It is the best I have ever been treated as a kiter.
There is a 7 mile causeway which connects the mainland to Antelope Island.
That thin brown ribbon is the 2 lane road connecting Antelope Island. The water in the Great Salt Lake ranges from 2 to 8 times the salinity of the oceans.
"A Wind Of Change" was the official kite store of the event. Kent Kingston brought along ace salesman Darren to help with the sales and real time teaching of new kiters.
The photos are in roughly chronological order. These opening shots were taken Friday evening. Here Steve de Rooy wows the crowd with some light wind Rev flying.
John Barresi performed many times during the 2.5 day event. You can see the kite booth just to the right of the beer stand.
And there is John's Rev now. Many people brought their own chairs. This area for the public had been mowed and then covered in tree chips.
Spence "Watty" Watson was the youngest of the fliers at 18. He is an amazing Revolution flier.
David "monkey" Hathaway with the latest in hat apparel.
TK Barresi and Penny Lingenfelter with 2 indoor Revs on short lines. The kids on the BMX ramps would later be told to stay off.
And there were hot air balloons with lift offs and landings each day. Each night there would be an evening burn.
Penny lifts her indoor Rev so I can get a backlit shot in the late afternoon light. Winds were less than 5 mph almost the entire weekend.
Normally, the balloons would take off on the west side of the island and land on the east.
This balloon was the designated tether. People were all over it and the owner was very courteous.
Takeoff. The stage on the right is where all the live music acts would perform. The kite field is behind the balloons slightly toward the right. It was huge and recently rough cut mowed.
The resident TV media documentarian.
The committee had this excellent tent set up for the VIPs (kiters were VIPs). There was cold water, soda and beer. There were also chips, salsa, candy, crackers, cookies, granola bars, fresh fruit, and peanuts were on every table in a silver bucket. Nicely done and much appreciated as the vendors were selling drinks for $2 each. Bambi and I stuck to the waters mainly with a few sodas.
Sunset on Friday. You can see one of the balloons has landed over on the right.
Temperatures during the day were around 85°F. Nights were cool and people put on light jackets when the sun went down.
On Friday night the "Kahuna Beach Party" provided Beach Boy music. They were very good.
Saturday morning. There are several of these painted bison around the island. Each one is painted differently.
If I was the producer for this TV spot, the Scott Hampton banners would have been our main background.
Scott Hampton. Finally, I get to meet the man who has made so many beautiful kites and banners. And he was very helpful teaching Bambi the correct way to get his paints to properly stay on these fabrics.
I wanted one of those birds.
Welcome to tentsville. The Revheads had these 3 large tents setup in a walkthrough fashion.
Watty normally flies Revolutions, but here he shows he can handle the Barresi designed Kymera quite well.
The last photo was focused on Watty. This one is focused on the kite. I tried the kite again for a few minutes. Still a bit too heavily weighted for my taste, but certainly tricky in the right hands.
5050 BMX Demo Team Exhibition held several times on Saturday and Sunday.
I know it's out of focus, but I was so looking forward to seeing this when I first reviewed it on camera, that I became attached and had to put it in.
There will be some composites I made later on in the album.
A Scott Hampton beauty. He also licenses some of his designs to X-Kites, although those aren't nearly as nice as these.
The ground was a bit rough so I didn't pull out most of our kites. Here is the Widow Maker UL.
Scott Madsen had this custom Ocius UL, so we spent some time working on his axel.
This is the Checkmate foil. You will see many chess cues when seen from the side.
This looks like the same pattern as the Checkmate, but done in a patriotic theme.
According to this very nice lad, the brown bump on the praying mantis is either a tumor or the head of the mantis's sister. I could not even make that up.
Lori Robinson had this Mystique by Gary Dromgold (the bridle inhauls should be crossed by flipping the lower spreaders during assembly, which we fixed later). She won it on the Berkeley silent auction cruise. Kite donated by Don King. This is only the 2nd Mystique I've ever seen. We have the other one, but it was home resting in the kite closet.
John Robinson holds onto his SLK so it won't fly away.
The 5050 BMX team put on at least 3 shows per day. Some of the tricks and altitude attained proved that these boys were under 25.
Scott Hampton has to have the best ground display ever and he made every one. The diamond kite arch is not one of his. Note that the tent is also done and designed by him.
Scott designed the long tent with wind sides so that he could put his kites away and lock the tent if needed.
I want these birds.
I asked Scott to take off his hat so we could see him a bit better. He is a year round school teacher.
Okay, the bird is really cool too. I think Dave Sabilino has one of these beauties.
Darren watches as Ron Bohart attends to his foils.
Watty finishes his demonstration with a top line yank to catch. That is the one trick quads do that I wish 2 line kites could do.
Steve de Rooy with his self-made Tiger Rok. Man, these iQuad guys are everywhere.
So I had one picture focused on the Centipede and one picture focused on Ron Gibian. The photo on the right is a composite so they will both be in focus. You can see some edge effects as I didn't spend too much time on the clean up. So cut me some slack here people.
Ron's kites truly have a playful appeal.
The Summer 2011 issue of Kiting magazine has a 2 page article on Ron Bohart and his amazing applique.
This was my favorite kite of the event. Truly a masterpiece of applique and design.
When the wind is stronger, Ron will put on tails with larger balls. As it was, the foils were up and down many times during the day. Some of the bison were on the other side of the fence by the way.
The side says "Be A Clown".
Close-up of Eagle face later.
No, this is not the close-up.
Some of the panels have up to 4 layers of material to get the color Ron wanted.
Prism Fanatic. A couple just happened to show up with it. Looked very clean. I hadn't seen one in years.
You can see the King and Queen chess pieces. The Check in Checkmate is made using the symbol shown in red.
Photo by Bambi Chilese. Here I am hard at work. This nice woman is the wife of the man who was flying the Fanatic. Here, she is flying my Widow Maker UL. This was her very first time flying a sport kite. Note that she is totally flying here as my hands are not touching her arms.
Another beautiful foil by Ron Bohart. This one is title "My Grandkids".
Barry "Bazzer" Poulter made 9 of these kites years ago. I had seen one at an earlier Kite Party flown by Geezer. So I asked Barry if he got this from Geezer. That's when Barry let me know that he made these kites and Geezer got it from him.
So I told Barry, "I should just assume you make all kites." Barry thought about it, smiled and said, "I like those eggs." I guess that's British for "OK".
Kevin Bayless with a "Running Rok" if my memory is correct. Painting techniques learned from Scott Hampton.
Here is Kevin Bayless with his beauty now.
Sometimes the wind actually went up to about 8 mph briefly and everybody started looking for standard kites. But not to worry, back to UL weather very quickly.
Wakeless "Progressive Stack" of sport kites. The kites are 6', 8' and 10' in wingspan and pull like a truck if the wind gets into the teens. My thanks to Bazzer for supplying the background.
Blue sky, blue water, blue mountains, blue kites. The air actually felt a bit thick and many of the pictures look a bit soft which I am blaming on the odd weather conditions around a stagnant body of salt water 15,000 sq miles in size.
I flipped this picture horizontally just for a little variety.
Where's Waldo? Waldo is the dragonfly in this photo. If you need a hint, he's over on the right.
Penny is constantly flying on her short lines. I later asked her what her longest lines were and was very surprised when she told me "200 feet".
Ron sets up one of his beautiful geometric SLKs. There will be some photos later. That German airplane kite in the background will have no chance of flying in these light winds.
"The Diamond Experience". Saturday evening entertainment was provided by this Neil Diamond cover band. I have seen Neil Diamond in the early 70s, and in all honesty, this fellow sang better than Neil ever did live.
Meanwhile, Kent is doing business in his kite booth.
Darren and Joe look over some of the merchandise for best selling arrangement.
Sunday morning. We stopped on the causeway to get this photo of Antelope Island. I never saw an Antelope. Lots of birds and bison and bugs though.
Before heading to the Festival, Bambi and I went on a trip to the East side of the island toward the Ranch. On the way we stopped many times to photograph the mainland. Here, we were entertained by a woman who sang and played guitar. Very soothing.
There are no true buffalo indigenous to the United States. We have bison. And here are some of them now.
The bison look like they are sectioned off in groups of 25 or so. Each section is very large involving hundreds of acres as a guess.
Make that 30 to a group.
If you like sunflowers, you will love Antelope Island.
Photo by Bambi Chilese. Fence bordering the Fielding Garr Ranch. We spent an hour here. There are many buildings, tools, and memorabilia on the grounds. I am only posting a few of the photos we took of the Ranch.
The main ranch house has several small rooms, but looked very well made.
Photo by Bambi Chilese. Bambi found a friend at the corral. The horse would follow her around and put her face in front of the camera whenever Bambi set up for a shot. Must be a diva horse.
The farm is maintained and open for visitors and group parties.
How lucky is this? On the way back to the fork in the road which would take us to the festival, this lone bison crested the knoll and walked slowly by about 200 feet from the car. Since we're shooting up, we got the added benefit of having the sky behind most of his outline. Sadly, the sun was too far over for his face to be lit. Still, very cool.
Last picture of the mainland before we head over the hill to the Festival.
Cresting the hill, we were rewarded with an aerial view of the kite field and the wind was nice enough to allow all the major foils to stay up for some shots you don't normally get of foils when taken from the ground.
You can see that the photo appears "soft". Must be the salt air, although it felt quite dry the whole weekend with barely a cloud in sight.
Normally, I'd delete this photo, but that foil just looks great.
For those of you who thought John Barresi never makes a mistake, here it is. That's one mistake every 10 years.
Prism "Flashlight". And here is another blast from the past.
Kevin Bayless was out flying his Progressive Stack. You can see the 5050bmx crew trailers in the background.
Kevin got a pretty good burn going, even with that nice hat. If you ever get a chance to fly this stack, take it. The varied size lets the flier see and enjoy all of the kites instead of just seeing the front kite.
Waiting for their turn. There were more kites than fliers.
Kristen was out on the field giving lessons and/or just having a good time flying.
Of course, Kevin wasn't going to let the Revs just take over the field so he would "happen" to fly in their area fairly often. All in good fun.
"Free At Last" serving up some sweet Jazz. There were several music acts each day and quite a variety.
If you want to volunteer to help support the Utah State Parks, just Get Involved.
Shade at last. Truly a worthy VIP in the tent.
I wanted to see this one up, but was never in the right place. I am a sucker for red fade themes.
Old and new. (l) Premier "Nighthawk" and (r) a Spectra Sport Kites "Edge".
Photo by Bambi Chilese. We flew 3 sport kites and 2 SLKs. Here is our Rok next to our very nice sunshade which let the breeze blow through.
John Robinson in front and Ron Bohart in the back.
John looks like he is on the attack. Good thing they both have gloves on.
Never saw a large foil recover from this severe of a fall before. I have used the shadow depth to help show the sequence, although the shadow doesn't take into account if it falls on objects at more than 1 level.
Then I just followed the foil around by standing in the shadow so the photo would be backlit directly. Almost too intense really. But it does show the panel work well.
John Robinson has some sweet large SLKs. This is the Skybird.
And directly backlit.
You get an idea of just how large this kite is.
My favorite tail of ours. It is a swirly worm and spins in the wind.
Our other SLK, a Premier delta with a bowtie tail. Mike is a friend of Joe's who drove up with him from Kingman.
Joe had driven up from Kingman, AZ and he loves trick kites so I brought out my trickiest kite, the Trident UL. He had a blast with it.
There's Joe now.
Kevin was putting up his patchwork foil with the assistance of a friend's daughter Shanah (I know this spelling is incorrect and am waiting for the proper spelling).
Meanwhile, Ron Gibian sneaks onto the field with another beauty of his own creation.
The very long keel provides stability and gives it a sort of alien feel to me.
Sort of flying saucer-ish.
Meanwhile, we had shifted the swirly worm over to this triple ribbon tail which worked incredibly great as the Rok would severely arc back and forth but never crash. It was dancing for hours.
I just kept coming back to this foil for more pictures. We took about 1500 photos over the 3 days and this kite easily got the most shutter action.
Here is Kevin Bayless's patchwork foil.
Ron was constantly attending his foils. Frankly, on that field, I wouldn't have even put them up. (This photo is newer as I realize the original put up had inadvertently been set to low quality. Sorry)
Chicks dig kites. That's what I keep telling myself.
Why yes, that is a large foil.
What is the best way to show off a kite? Yeah, I'm a genius.
Ron Gibian kept bringing over his kite and he was correct to do so as it adds just the proper interest to the background. The girls did really well as they were looking almost into the sun without sunglasses. Thanks ladies.
Joe had been told that the Quantum Pro flew like a truck and didn't do much, but he had never flown one. So I loaned him mine and he flew it for about 30 minutes in the glaring sun. He came in with a big grin on his face and said that he loved the kite and thought it was much better as a flier and a trickster than the Widow Maker. High praise.
Joe flew the Quantum Pro up in front of the delta for me.
Lori Robinson with 3 Pyros
How do you spell pterodactyl? I had to go Google it. (It appears I had misspelled Google as Goggle. Thank you Jeff.)
This is how you crush an egg. He doesn't seem to mind though. Spectra Sportkite Edge rolled up in the background.
There's that pterodactyl again. Sorry about the sun rings.
Cell kites awaiting their turn.
Kevin Bayless with his patchwork Rok. Ask him about those small panels of tie-dye.
Nic O'Neill (although John Barresi said her name was Willow Robin, so I'm confused) thinking about what size foil she might need to get up to dangerous speeds on her mountainboard.
Penny has lots of costumes.
I promised myself I wasn't going to put up any pictures of iQuad, but David gave me a pin. Yes, a bribe.
Love the look of these 2 SLKs together.
Interesting shadows on the front one.
Ron Gibian puts up his beautiful SLK.
Ron Bohart with a sled he made.
Joe (l) and Ron (r) hold open the clown foil.
Kristen, land the Rev on his hand.
Come on Kristen.
Kevin Bayless, John Barresi, and Ron Gibian discussing the weather.
Steve de Rooy's Rok.
Kent Kingston actually took a short break from selling kites to fly his custom Widow Maker UL.
Yes, the 5050 BMX squad performed some amazing stunts and they did so several times on Saturday and Sunday. Here is a quick composite of 4 photos. That is some serious air.
The front wheel of the jumper missed the standing fellow's head by inches. I cheated and added the 3rd (upside down photo, which is really just a duplicate of position 2).
"66 and Main" served up live music later in the afternoon.
This is Rusty or Jerry (maybe). He is 7 years old and has been with the owner since he was 4 weeks old, which is unusual to get a parrot so young. But the owner knows the breeder and is very familiar with taking care of infant birds.
You could even climb walls.
I told Kristen to go over and act like she was adjusting the bridle. But she just had to smile and face the camera. Models, they're so diva-ish.
John Robinson brought out this beauty toward the end of the day.
Photo by Bambi Chilese. Sunday evening 7:16 PM. As the kiters were all breaking down their setups for the final time, this bison came up over the top of the hill and casually walked down our access road on "OUR SIDE" of the fence. Several kiters were walking toward the bison. Bambi and I stayed at our camp and Bambi shot about 40 pictures with our telephoto lens. She used the tailgate of the truck as a tripod. I have enhanced the photo some in Photoshop as it was really changing from late dusk to early dark.
I got a gift from David Hathaway at the end of the festival. Very cool kite pin. Thanks monkey. Well, hope you liked the visit to Antelope Island.