When I was a little kid, I loved to make kites out of bamboo and paper. Every kite had to be done just right, allowing it to fly high and sturdy. I enjoyed every moment, watching my kites fly far away in the sky. I spent most of my time and money buying material, and making kites. As I grew up, kites started to fade away as I started to do other things.
I came to Canada in 1979. In the summer of 1985, I met an older gentleman in a park who was flying a delta kite. At that time, I didn’t even know that kites were made out of material like nylon and fiberglass because I had only known kites that were made out of bamboo and paper. Not too long after that, I found a kite store in downtown Toronto which was called Touch the Sky. I began to buy material and learn how to sew kites. In the beginning, I made simple designs such as delta kites and box kites, to increase my experience in kite making.
I later discovered a group of people who flew every weekend at Humber Bay Park,which is West of Toronto. In late 1986, I switched over to flying dual line kites, which were the flexifoils. At the same time, I met Jim Poy, who only flew stunt kites. From that point on, I started buying kites such as the Hawaiian Team Kite, Spinoff, Superdark, Skydart, and so on.
In 1987, I designed my first stunt kite, called the Lamborghini. This was a two headed dual line stunt kite. Each time I designed a kite I tried to create something special, making it look different from any other kite. Every year, I designed a different kite. My successful designs were the Heartbeat (1989), Swallowtail (1992), Dream Kite (1993), Dream Machine (1996), and my the Master Control (1998).
In 1988, I competed in my first competition at the AKA in Chicago. Since then, I have made more and more kites, competed in many competitions, and gained valuable experience. I watched and learned from many master kite fliers, kite makers, kite designers and music mixers. My willingness to listen and learn gave me a solid foundation, and in turn, has rewarded me with great success in kite piloting and design.
Since there are so many great kite makers out there, I have begun making single line kites sewn with intricate and detailed graphics. This new field has made my kiting career more interesting and has tested my limits.
I would like to thank all the people that I have learned from, you know who you are. Remember, each time you go out there, you can always learn something new. That is what makes life exciting.
Various pictures of me and some of the people I have met over the years :