Kite Biographies


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Ray Bethell

This Canadian octogenarian is one of the world’s great kite ambassadors. For over twenty years he has flown three sport kites – by...
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Ray Merry

Merry, along with Andrew Jones, was one of the original inventors of the Flexifoil, at the time, a completely new form of sport kite. Featuring a...
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Reza Ragheb

Iranian Ragheb lived most of his life in New York City, worked in Iran and fled after the fall of the Shah. Living temporarily in London, he was...
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Richard and Marti Dermer

This husband and wife team have been unmatched in their volunteerism for the American Kitefliers Association. They have taught kites to children...
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Richard Assman

Instrumental in the German weather observatory at Lindenberg, among other accomplishments, Assman is credited with discovery of the stratosphere (...
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Richard Synergy

Canadian born Synergy has written extensively on a variety of kite subjects, but is best known for his attempts at breaking the world’s...
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Rick Kinnaird

Active in the American Kitefliers Association since its inception, Kinnaird has been a keen observer and active participant in all things kiting...
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Rick Miller

Quiet Rick was a regular contributor at the Junction, Texas Kite Retreat. A formidable fighter kite maker, he playfully collaborated with...
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Robert Brasington

Tasmanian Brasington has shown a variety of creative approaches to kites. His kinetic sculptures are appealing and pleasing to the eye; his kite...
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Robert Devautour

Devautour was an active kite flyer in Dieppe, France in the years just after WWII. Much of his kite making predated the kite organizations formed...
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