30 YEARS AND STILL FLYING 1980-2010: SAN FRANCISCO, BAY AREA SUNDOWNERS

Authors: 
Barry Nash
Article type: 
Discourse

With their signature stacks of thirteen Hyperkites pulling 40’ long tails, The Bay Area Sundowners have the distinction of being one of the oldest and most entertaining kite flying teams in the world today.

In 1980, Mix McGraw put together a fourperson team, flying stacks of twelve Rainbow kites at the Marina Green in San Francisco, California. He named the team The Bay Area Sundowners. I met Mix in 1984 when I moved from England. At that time there were just two people on the team, Mix and Ray Wong. I joined the team that same year, and the team started flying stacks of twelve Hyperkites, designed and built by Randy Tom of San Diego, CA.

The team has gone through many personnel changes since I joined. Twenty years ago, a two-person team going by the name of The Osterlund Brothers joined the Sundowners just after the first California Open in San Diego. From that point the team members were Ray, Barry, Gordon, and Ken.

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