Ron Bohart (right) holds up his beautiful foil.
Why yes, that is a large foil.
Meanwhile, Ron Gibian sneaks onto the field with another beauty of his own creation.
Here is Kevin Bayless with his beauty now.
The side says "Be A Clown".
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.
Steve de Rooy with his self-made Tiger Rok. Man, these iQuad guys are everywhere.
Scott Hampton with his self-designed and made Birds.
I asked Scott to take off his hat so we could see him a bit better. He is a year round school teacher.
(l-r) Kites, Tad WAKEman, Kevin BayLESS. I capatilized the parts of their last names that they used to make Wakeless Kites. Pay no attention to the extra arm and legs in the photo.
2002 AKA Grand Champion "Mexican Star" by Jose Sainz
Bambi bought this beautiful Smithsonian Award Winning SLK. Designer/builder Ed Shenk teaches her how to put it together.
Ken McNeill and Bambi with the hand-delivered last classic paneled Blue Moon Mojo.
Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites with the Ichiban (2002 AKA Nationals, Ocean City, Maryland
Anyone know her name? She told me this kite took 6 months to make if I recall correctly.
2005 Manufacturer's Shoot (Kite Party 3) (The name Mike Kirk should say Mike Dennis)
Andy Wardley of Benson Sport Kites With His Gemini (Andy is a Bridle Guru)
Ron Graziano Stalling His "Domino Machine" (The earlier Machines had this simplified panel layout. I like it)
Tim Benson of Benson Kites tricking a Gemini.
Mark Reed tricks a Berkeley Edition E2.
Christoph Fokken launches this big HQ foil
Joe Hadzicki of Revolution Kites at NABX (Lake Ivanpah, CA)
Joe Hadzicki at Lake Ivanpah with a huge Power Blast.
2009 Manufacturer's Shoot (Kite Party 7)
Mark Reed with his then prototye E3.
Sandy Gibian holding and surrounded by Ron Gibian SLKs.
Ron Gibian with a self-made Arch or Ribbon Kite.
Jon Trennepohl with his GeoPointer codesigned with CEEWAN of Malaysia.
Ron Gibian with his Gibian Design Custom Masterpiece Revolution
(L-R) Hunter Brown, Mark Reed, Paul de Bakker talking about kites at Kite Party 7.
Paul de Bakker (left) & Hunter Brown of Focus Kite Designs with their Hydra
Paul de Bakker of Focus Kites Designs With the Hydra
Hunter Brown of Focus Kite Designs Flying the Manta Single Line Kite
Donna Houchins with her self-made quad-line Mustang. Very cool.
My Attempt At A Quad-Line Kite (Made from 3 mil vinyl, tape and P200 rods). It was too stable.
2008 Manufacturer's Shoot (Kite Party 6)
Randy Tom with his authorized Star Wars SLKs.
Randy Tom holds one of his Star War licensed SLK designs.
Mark Reed of Prism Kites (left) & Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites (right)
Ken McNeill Holding His 61/49 Single Line Kite
Donna Houchins with her self made sport kite (IIRC, she called it the Smoked Lightning)
Hector with another Rev clone he made. He bought the spiders at a dollar store.
Mark Reed Flying His Zephyr
John Rollins (right) holds his quad-line kite, which was made from 2 deltas, which were in turn each made from a sport kite split down the keel.
Ron Gibian (right) with another beautiful geometric SLK.
Ron Gibian with 2 of his beautiful geometric SLKs.
John Rollins of SkySail kites with his self made Delphi (I actually named the model).
Hector with one of his quad-line Rev clones.
Jon Trennepohl holding a prototype X-quad. The center spar was free to slide up and down. Kite Party 5 in 2007.
Lam Hoac of Sky Sport Design Holding His Vented Sea Devil
Lam Hoac of Sky Sport Design Holding His "Vented Sea Devil"
Lam Hoac of Sky Sport Design Holding His "Fearless"
Lam Hoac Holding His (At The Time UnNamed Prototype)
Jon Trennepohl with the first sighting of his very popular Widow Maker.
David & Susan Gomberg at the Berkeley Kite Festival
Mark Reed auographs Prism stuff at the Berkeley Kite Festival.
Dean Jordan with the X-1 (pronounced X minus 1). It is a UL framed in Revolution rods. Dean has now signed this kite twice.
Jordan Air Pro (signed twice). This is Dean Jordan. He took time from working in the main tent to resign my 13 year old kites. His kites were quite innovative with sliding ring cross-turbo bridles and covered leading edge connectors. We're talking early 90s remember.
Joe Hadzicki with two of his Revolution kites.
Joe Hadzicki at Lake Ivanpah with his self-designed Super Blast.
Joe Hadzicki holds a Super Blast he uses to buggy with at NABX.
Hector with another of his Rev clone variations.
Mark Reed of Prism Kites & Fractal Quantum Pro (QP or QPro)
Mark Reed holding an Eclipse (l) and an Eclipse SUL (r).
Mark Reed holds up his Prism Jazz.
Mark Reed holding a tip stab on the Prism Jazz at Huntington Beach, CA.
The Spectrum variation of the Prism Jazz, flown by designer and President Mark Reed.
Mark Reed flying the Prism Jazz at Huntington Beach, CA.
Steve Brown holding his self-made Canadian Maple Leaf kite.
Jon Trennepohl tricks a Freestylist
Shawn Tinkham (l) and Walter Park talking kites.
Ron Graziano Flying His "Big Machine"
(l-r) Patty Tinkham, Shawn Tinkham, Ron Graziano. I don't know what the kite is.
Mark Reed & Fractal Quantum Pro
Mark Reed Walking His Fractal Quantum Pro
Shawn Tinkham of Viper Sport Kites Stalling His Venom
Jon Trennepohl displaying a Level One Genesis. He is the U.S. distributor for these kites.
Miguel Rodriguez & his California Wasp.
Miguel Rodriguez & his California Wasp
Christoph Fokken at the helm.
Christoph Fokken in front of his huge HQ Beast sport kite.
Mark Reed of Prism Kites with a custom RWB Prophecy.
Sandy (left) & Ron (right) Gibian with one of his beautiful SLK designs.
Mark Reed Posing With The First Fractal Quantum Pro (Crutches due to Squash accident (not the vegetable))
Dodd Gross flying the New Tech Techno he designed.
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Walter Park & One of His Many Prototypes.
Shawn Tinkham of Viper Sport Kites Holding His Venom
Shawn Tinkham of Viper Sport Kites Posing With His "Venom"
Patti Tinkham of Viper Sport Kites Posing With Her Vented Viper
Ron Graziano Stalling His "Machine"
Jon Trennepohl of Skykburner Kites with his Delta Drive
Christoph Fokken with a butterfly SLK.
Christoph Fokken with an HQ Trion
Christoph Fokken flying an HQ Trion
Sandy (left) & Ron (right) Gibian holding one of his geometric based SLKs.
Lam Hoac with his Sea Devil
Lam Hoac of Sky Sport Design Holding His Sea Devil
Ron Graziano With His Machine (Ron is probably the most methodically strong flier I know. It is appropriate his kite is called "Machine")
Shawn Tinkham of Viper Sport Kites Holding His Tantrum
Donna Houchins with her self-made sport kite.
Miguel Rodriguez prepares his California Wasp in front of the Golden Gate Bridge at Crissy Field.
Dennis Fishback with the maiden voyage of his Afterburner, self made.
Dennis Fishback showing the trailing edge of his huge SLK.
Tim Benson of Benson Kites with the Twin Tailed "Gemini"
Sandy (left) & Ron (right) Gibian with 2 of his geometric SLK creations.
Probably the best photo of this group.
Hi fade of the E2 custom
Mark is an extremely efficient flier.
Mark Reed with a custom E2 at Huntington Beach, CA
Jon Trennepohl sneaks up on an Airdynamics Odyssey
Brent Jensen on left had been a tester of kites for years. His modifications on the ADX were incorporated into all subsequent builds.
Andy makes beautiful kite videos where he shows his amazing skills. He also writes and performs the music used in his videos. And,..... he is a bit of a clown.
Andy Wardley inspects a (Andy Wardley) Tri-Star bridle modification I made to this beautiful Paradox by Spirit Of Air. I'm guessing he is not impressed.
OzoneJim. Not really a designer, as much as an appreciator of all kites.
Paul Shirey explains his Shape Shifter concept to outstanding pilot John Welden
Jim Cosca, sales distributor for Premier Kites at the time this photo was taken. Later, he moved to Skydog Kites.
Patti Tinkham of Viper Sport Kites Posing With Her Viper
Paul Shirey (left, of AeroStar Sport Kites) shows Mark Reed (right, of Prism Kites) his Shape Shifter standoff design on a Sano prototype.
2004 Manufacturer's Shoot (Kite Party 2)
Shawn Tinkham with the straps.
Is that Chris with the bumblebee Mamba. That's Paul Shirey of Aerostar Kites just to her left arm.
Jon & Marianne Trennepohl of Skyburner Kites
John & Marianne Trennepohl
Andy Wardley flys his Benson Airbow Quad-line kite.
Andy Wardley says the kite was supposed to fly in the concave mode, but it flys much better when bowed toward the flyer.
Paul Shirey watches as Jon Trennepohl sets up his ADX.
Andy Wardley with his self designed Airbow talks to Jon Trennepohl
Jon Trennepohl as U.S. distributor for Level One Kites of Germany
Jon Trennepohl with a Level One kite. Jon is the distributor for Level 1.
Jon (left) evaluates potential changes based on Shawn's assessment of the kite.
Shawn is just an excellent pilot.
(l-r) Jim Byrne, Jon Trennepohl and Shawn Tinkham watch a Skyburner kite get flipped.
Tim Benson of Benson Kites Posing With the Phantom
Tim Benson of Benson Kites (left) & Jon Trennepohl of Skyburner Kites (right)
Those slack lines tell me that the Gem is about to go spinning around madly in some pre-determined way.
Tim Benson tricking a Benson Gemini.
Later, Ron would add a few more panels to his design. But this initial, stark layout is more in keeping with who Ron is.
Ron Graziano snapping his Domino Machine into position for me.
A little blurry, but Ron still makes the Machine look sharp.
Andy Wardley with a Benson Gemini UL.
Ron is one of the most physical kite fliers I've ever met.
Ron Graziano with one of his beautiful Domino Machines.
Paul Shirey helps with the initial assembly.
Paul Shirey on left gives a birthday present to Shelly.
Jim is a very well respected, long time sport kite flier. His words on any kite carry a lot of weight.
Jim Byrne, testing the HQ Phoenix.
Brian Champie (l) & Miguel Rodriguez (r) with a California Wasp in need of repair.
Cisco holds up his self-made fighter.
Ken McNeill pops a snap stall in high wind with his Blue Moon MSE.
Ken McNeill teaches Sean Gurganian how to fly a sport kite.
Ken McNeill holds one of his famous "All Day Tip Stands) with a Blue Moon MSE
Maustie with one of his prototypes.
Dodd Gross (long hair) and Ron Gibian (great hair and beard) stand by with some big kites.
(L-R) Ken McNeill, Dodd Gross & Jon Trennepohl
Jon Trennepohl with his self designed Skyburner ADX.
Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites with a broadseamed Mojo.
Dodd Gross (on phone) while Ken McNeill (in blue) and David Barnby fly on.
Dodd Gross with a New Tech Rainbow Jam
Dodd Gross when he was a designer for New Tech Kites
Taken in Dec of 2002. This really weird giant foil was totally dragging the pilot around.
Steve LaPorte (Academy Award winner) (Extraordinary makeup artist for Lost, Star Trek movies, and many more)
John Welden (l) & Mark Reed (r) untangling 2 Micron stacks.
Mark Reed flying while in front just some of the Berkeley Special Edition E2s await purchase.
Mark Reed with a Berkeley Edition E2.