The Rockaway Beach Kite Festivals Return on these dates for 2014
at the Oceans Edge in Rockaway Beach.
May 23th-26th Kite Festival/American Kitefliers Association
June 27-29th Pirate & Costume Festival/Rose Festival
Aug 22nd -24th Art Fair & Farmers Market/Oregon Mermaids
Lets begin with the Kite Festival-
Sponsored by The American Kitefliers Association, the annual Rockaway Beach Kite Festival will feature professional and amateur kite flyers in May for the 20th year- at the New Ocean’s Edge Wayside. The American Kitefliers Association is the largest association of kiters in the world and travels all over to spread the joy of kiting to people of all ages and skills. This event will offer contests for anyone wanting to experience the thrill of a kiting competition in a friendly, unofficial environment. Participants can compete to win awards for having the nicest kite, the kite that drags on the ground the longest before becoming airborne, and many other events. Children can join in the fun as they build and learn to fly small kites during special classes.
Anyone who wants to bring their own kite to fly is welcome and encouraged to do so. The Rockaway Beach Kite Festival will also feature live music, kite exhibitions, an array of vendors, and tasty meals all weekend. Come hungry, and bring a camera to photograph the beautiful kites that will grace the skies along the beach at the New Ocean’s Edge Wayside.
Examples of our famous Kite Flyers in the past that have preformed for Rockaway:
Team Island Quad
Terry first started flying in 2006 on a old style dualie called a “stinger” given to him by a friend who flew kites with his father. Hooked on kite flying immediately, Terry became fascinated by the precision and control the local flyers were demonstrating with their strange looking 4 line kites. By early 2007 Terry was flying Revolution’s quad line kites exclusively. In 2009 Terry along with several other "Rev" pilots created ISLAND QUAD. Team flying and all its varied aspects has been Terry’s main focus since that time. As leader of the team, it is Terry’s responsibility to create and call out the moves during a demonstration. “Always a challenge but always way too much fun’
Brad resides on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington and flies the #2 position for Island Quad. He first witnessed the wonder of flying Revolution Kites in 2004 while attending the Whidbey Island Kite Festival. A former bookstore owner, he retired in 2005, picked up his kite handles the following year and never looked back. Hooked by the passion of kite flying, he concentrated on building his team flying skills with a commitment to practicing at every opportunity. He was asked to join Island Quad in 2008. Brad’s approachable nature has made it easy for him to develop lasting friendships with the flyers he meets. His positive attitude and analytical mind benefits Island Quad in many aspects of team flying.
Mario Di Lucca
Mario, originally from Argentina, lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and has been flying kites longer than he can remember, but seriously for fun since 2003. Mario has competed at the experienced level in individual, pairs and team precision and ballet competition events organized by the Northwest Sport Kite League. He flies outdoors and indoors using a diverse array of single, dual and quad line stunt kites. His latest passion is kite building and he proudly achieved a first place at the apprentice handcrafted competition at the Washington State International Kite Festival. Mario’s favorite entertainment is Revolution Kites team flying. He is one of the core member- founders of Team Island Quad, and formed a pair’s team with Terry Wiggill called Quad Amigos. Both teams have performed synchronized choreographic routines at several kite festivals throughout British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Washington, Oregon and New Jersey since 2009.
Mike is the newest member of Island Quad and resides in Seattle Washington. Flying single line kites for most of his life and started flying quad line kites after seeing iQuad flying at night with lights on their kites at the Washington State International Kite Festival in 2005. Mike has been flying quad line kites since 2006 and was asked to fly with Island Quad in 2011. Mike loves the social aspect of flying kites in a mega-fly and making life-long friends with the same passion for the sport. At any kite festival (usually early in the morning) when there is very light winds, you can find Mike making giant bubbles and interacting with all the kids (regardless of age), bringing his 'bucket of smiles' filled with bubble solution.
Commonly referred to as “Watty,” Spence began flying sport kites in 2005, at the age of 13. Now in his 20s, Watty is a well known Revolution kite flyer with his signature Red and Black kites. After flying for two years, Watty began flying indoors, and soon became one of the most prominent indoor kite flyers. Until 2011, Watty had flown exclusively on Revolution kites, when he began picking up John Barresi’s Kymera, from Into the Wind. Watty co-founded the indoor kite team FlyForm along with iQuad members John and TK Barresi in 2012, and became an alternate member of iQuad several months later. In 2012, Watty joined with John Barresi and David Hathaway as the Managing Editor of Kitelife Magazine. Watty has been a driving force behind archiving the fourteen years worth of content, as well as aiding in the web services side of Kitelife.
Connor Doran flew his way to NBC’s America’s Got Talent Top 12 spot on season 5, making him one of the worlds best known kite fliers. Connor auditioned along with 90,000 people and brought indoor kite flying to the world. His skill and love of flying qualified him to the Las Vegas rounds, and he was brought back by Howie Mandel for the Live Wildcard Quarter Finals show, in Los Angeles California. Connor’s world wide support gave him a spot in the top 24 for the Semi Final round. He then remained in Los Angeles and landed in the top 12 of The America’s Got Talent! Now attending South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia Washington, Connor shares his love of kiting with new fliers as well as learning from the masters who have supported him and helped him in his journey. He has developed the Dare to Dream Program that has been shared in venues all over North America inspiring others to believe in them selves, to follow their dreams, and to speak out against bullying. The Dare to Dream Program has moved people of all ages to become empowered and inspired. Connor also works hard to raise Epilepsy Awareness, and to advocate for epilepsy education.
Penny and Steve Lingenfelter
Penny is known for her individual kite flying and short kite shows. Mermaids, fairies, pirates and more, she has been seen around the world flying along side participants from the audience who are dressed in costumes and armed with kites as well. Wind or No wind, the short kite skits Penny brings have come to be a crowd favorite. Credentials for kite flying include Penny placing in the top three at America’s Kite Association’s National level in Master Quad, Open Innovative, and Open Indoor. She’s taken 1st Places in many Mystery Ballets across the North West as she dances her kite to the music. Penny has been Indoor and outdoor, Malaysia to Canada, traveling and flying professionally for over 16 yrs. Penny’s favorite activity besides flying her Revolution kites, (which have brakes, reverse and speed control) is giving FREE Revolution Kite lessons! With over 17 yrs. of lessons, that‘s a whole lot of shared smiles! She says its part of the magic that keeps kite fliers young. Another favorite for Penny is meeting friends, watching the kids at the events grow up and having her own grandchildren joining her in kite flying. Penny and Steve are from Port Orchard, WA.
With 4 AKA Grand National titles under her wing, Amy’s goal is to share kiting and the joy it brings with people around the world. Amy has been privileged to work with Revolution Kites to create masterpiece series revolutions kites. Her latest Revolution kite *SkEyes* was featured in the Masterpiece Revolution Challenge. In 2007 she qualified for the American Kite Association National Championships in Ocean Shores, Washington. That is where the *Charlie Chaplin * routine really emerged in the Outdoor Open Individual Ballet. *Charlie* has now won two national championships. *Charlie* continues to have fun with crowds all over North America. Along with her son Connor Doran, who made the top 12 on America’s Got Talent Season 5, Amy helped develop the Dare to Dream Team to help raise Epilepsy Awareness and money to support research and support for the National Epilepsy Foundation.
Brett and Diane Morris
Brett Morris is an avid kite flier from Medford, Oregon. In 2000 Brett bought his
first dual line kite and loved flying circles, figure eights and making loud noises as his kites flew through the air. In 2007 Brett attended the Lincoln City and Brookings Kite Festivals where he discovered tricking duals and Revolution quad line kites. After watching these skillful kite flyers, he was hooked. Now his kite bags are overflowing and he is still buying new kites and learning new tricks. Brett loves to fly alone or in a group team fly. Brett and his wife, Diane, travel to as many kiting events as they can. Diane is always there to support the kite fliers, taking pictures or untangling lines. They will often be the first on the beach and the last to leave. Brett has recently taken on the position of the AKA Region 9 Director which covers Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Look for the AKA Banner and Brett should be close by.
Team Evidence took off the summer of 2011 when Scott Davis and Toby Arndt paired up and hit the beaches, competing and doing demos. The next spring they went to Berck, France and flew their routine for crowds of over a half million. Their enthusiasm and love for what the do is contagious. Now the team is 9 members strong and able to mix and match for demos and comps anywhere they go.
Scott has been into kiting since 1997, got into competing soon after and in 2000 qualified and went to his 1st Nationals. His involvement in kiting has been growing ever since. In the early years he was a part of Team 6th Sense and now is a major part of Team Evidence. Scott is now the AKA Region 10 Director and the president of the Northwest Sportkite League. You'll see Scott at most events in the NW, sharing what he loves.
Kristian has been flying kites since he was just a baby. He started out flying single line display kites but eventually found his way into sport kites in 2007. Kristian first began competing indoors and eventually took his talents to the outdoor competitions as well. He began flying with Team Evidence in 2011 and has since become an intricate member of the team. Kristian currently holds the positions of Indoor Coordinator for the North West Sport Kite League and Youth Liaison for the Washington Kiteflyers Association. Kristian also is a student at the University of Great Falls where he runs cross country and track and field.
Travis started flying kites indoors 1st, in the winter of 2011 at age 10. He has since joined Team Evidence and started flying and competing outdoors as well. Travis has the heart and the hands and is becoming an amazing flyer. He was the only indoor competitor to fly at every indoor competition for the 2012-13 season. He has been busy doing indoor demos at schools around the NW.
Toby started flying kites in 2006, at age 12. A year later, at the Windless Kite Festival in Long Beach, Toby was in his first competition. Just a few years later he won the National indoor champion title. His dedication to indoor flying is strong and now he is the organizer at the Windless Kite Festival in Long Beach. Toby joined Evidence in 2011 and has flown outdoor competitions and demos with the team. Toby and Scott Davis flew demonstrations at the World Cup competition in Berck, France. Toby is a valued member of Team Evidence.
Dale began flying at the tender age of six. Dale has years of sport kite flying with legends such as Peter Bettancourt, Bill Watson, and Jerry Cannon. His interest in Peter Lynn show kites in 1990 began one of the largest U.S. collections of giant inflatable creature kites. On rare occasions you may catch Dale with his newer collection of Revolution sport kites, but most likely you will be memorized by his 35 foot wing spanned dragon which he refers to as *Puff.* Dale was a part of the world record *Octopile* of 22 , 90 foot long Peter Lynn Octopus kites in Berkley California.
Ray and Donna Hertz
Ray and Donna of Auburn, Washington started flying kites together 13 years ago. They specialize in the large inflatable kites. They belong to a wonderful flying team called “Team Suspended Animation”, which broke the world record at Long Beach, WA, for flying 115 Toy Story box kites. This coming August they plan to break that record and fly 220 at one time. Their show kites include unique one of a kind pieces from Master kite makers around the world.
Rod and Cindy Thrall
Rod and Cindy from Newberg, OR began flying kites in 1992 when they were on an anniversary trip to Lincoln City. They bought a 6 foot Rainbow delta and took it for a walk on the beach. From that humble beginning their kite collection began to grow and they began attending kite festivals along the North coast. Soon Cindy was designing and sewing banners and Rod began sewing kites. It was not long before they became a fixture at kite festivals up and down the West coast. They have had the opportunity to attend several International kite festivals over the years. They are known for Cindy’s ground displays, their display of 3 teddy bears and Rod’s custom Jordan Airform kites.
Barry and Susan Tislow
Barry and Susan met in 1996. Barry has been working for Delta Marine (a yacht builder) since 1990. Susan has been working in sales, for Marshall Tool (a distributor for machine shop tools), for the last 11 years. Barry already had a small kite collection of about 10 kites, when they met. He took Susan, to the beach to fly kites, and she was hooked. Our kite collection quickly grew. Over the years, our kite collection has grown to be so many kites, that we don't even know how many kites we own. We used to fly about 30 kites at a time, when we were flying smaller kites (up to 8' wingspan). About 10 years ago, we started flying large inflatable show kites. We go to every kite festival, on the Washington, and Oregon coast. We are founding members of "Team Suspended Animation", a team of friends, who own more show kites, than any other group in the country. The team flies a variety of giant show kites.
Pete and Nadine Zweifel
Pete and Nadine make their home in Federal Way Washinton, and are members of Team Suspended Animation. They started flying kites 6 years ago, after being introduced to the hobby by Ray and Donna Hertz. Starting with smaller kites things quickly grew to the larger pieces that you see here today. As Pete's wife will tell you he has become obsessed with their new found passion. The flow forms they fly are of their design and built by others to include Rod Thrall of Newburg Ore. Interested in growing the Sport; they welcome your questions about getting involved in this family oriented hobby.
Bob is the president of the Pierce County Kitefliers Association and a member of the Westport Windriders. He is involved with all aspects of kiting including indoor and outdoor flying, sport kites, display kites and kite making. He has been the announcer at many northwest festivals over the past eight years. These included the 2005 World Sport Kite Championships in Lincoln City, OR, and the 2008-2012 Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach, WA, the AKA Grand National Conventions in Seaside, OR (2010) and Ocean Shores, WA (2007), as well as festivals at Whidbey Island, Rockaway Beach, Lincoln City, Camas, Milton and Ocean Shores. He was awarded the AKA “Volunteer of the Year” award in 2010. The best part of all of this is that he gets to do this with his #1 kite flying buddy, Donna, his wife and DJ at most of these events.
Donna is a member of the Pierce County Kitefliers Association and the Westport Windriders. She competes in Indoor kite flying with the NW Sport Kite League and has several Experienced Class wins to her credit. She also flies outdoor sport kites, display kites and handcrafted kites. In 2010 she won a third place Novice award in the AKA Grand National Kite Making competition. She is active at most west coast kite festivals as the DJ.