Biography

Happiest place on earth, with wife TK Barresi!

Flying since the age of fifteen, John first picked up a sport kite in 1990 on the Marina Green in San Francisco… Now in his 30′s and having flown in over a dozen different countries, he’s been fortunate enough to make kiting his life’s dedication – this even led to meeting his wife Takako (aka “TK”) at the 2007 Tokyo Bay Flight Party in Japan, and these days they live and fly together in Portland Oregon.

As one of the most prolific and successful sport kite competitors in North America, John has earned national championships in nearly every discipline, including his role as one of the members of three national champion dual line sport kite teams in 1993, 1995 and 1997 respectively, each of which represented the USA in the World Championships. John was voted American Kite Magazine’s Experienced Class “Rising Star” (like rookie of the year) by his kite flying peers in 1992, and in 1997 he was again recognized by his peers, this time as the “Outstanding Flyer” among all Masters Class competitors.  In the 11 years that American Kite Magazine was published, John is the only flier to have ever received both the “Rising Star” and “Outstanding Flyer” awards.

In 2008, John became the youngest ever recipient of the Steve Edeiken (or Kiteflier or the Year) Award for lifetime achievement, nominated by his peers and awarded by our own American Kitefliers Association at their annual convention in October of 2008.

In 2006, John co-founded iQuad with teammate David Hathaway and became highly active in promoting the world of Rev team flying which ultimately led to the creation of his Signature Series with Revolution Kites in 2007 (the B-Series)… This later spawned into a series of B-Pro (2008) and larger Zen kites (2010) which are handmade exclusively by teammate Bazzer Poulter, and the B-Series line evolved yet again in 2011 with the Xtra Vent and smaller sized B-2.

John has dedicated a great deal of his time to producing video tutorials on a variety of sport kite subjects via KiteLife and nearly equal to his passion for Rev flying, John is also a capable 2-line flier and released his first dual line kite design (the Kymera) through Into The Wind in 2011.

Flying indoors since 1992, John is proficient on the Indoor Rev, dual line or various gliders… Together with wife TK and teammate Spence Watson, he co-founded the indoor show team FlyForm in January of 2012 with an explosive debut routine set to “Pump It” by the Black Eyed Peas.

When he’s not flying or designing kites, most of John’s attention goes toward his work as owner and Editor in Chief of KiteLife.com, the largest kiting web site in the world.  With a bi-monthly Internet magazine, countless hours of video, out of print publications, a discussion forum, photo galleries and more, KiteLife is devoted to promoting and facilitating kiting worldwide through kiting media, flight clinics, education, performance and web design for the kiting industry… John has also received or shared recognition with several peer awards from the Kite Trade Association since 2007, most related to new Revolution kite products or general kite promotion through KiteLife and iQuad.

In 2012, John also partnered with Andy Scott of the UK to develop and launch a new website called KiteMap.org where kitefliers worldwide can search or add their own favorite flying locations using a convenient Google Maps interface.

After tying as the youngest ever elected in 2013, John served one and a half yearly terms as President of the American Kitefliers Association.

Champ.

National Championships (26 total)

7x American Kite Magazine Circuit (cumulative season)
19x AKA Grand Nationals (single event face off)

1992:

  • Experienced Individual Ballet (AKM)
  • Experienced Individual Precision (AKM)

1993:

  • Open Quadline Ballet (AKA)

1994:

  • Open Quadline Ballet (AKM)
  • Open Quadline Ballet (AKA)

1996:

1997:

  • Masters Individual Ballet (AKM)
  • Masters Quadline Ballet (AKM)
  • Masters Team Ballet (AKM – Captain Eddie’s Flying Circus)
  • Masters Team Precision (AKM – Captain Eddie’s Flying Circus)

2004:

  • Masters Quad Ballet (AKA)
  • Masters Quad Precision (AKA)

2005:

  • Masters Quad Precision (AKA)
  • Masters Individual Ballet (AKA)
  • Experienced Team Ballet (AKA – TKS Mid-Air)
  • Experienced Team Precision (AKA – TKS Mid-Air)

2006:

2007:

2008:

  • Open Pairs Multiline Precision (AKA – Furious George)

2012:

  • Open Individual Indoor Unlimited (AKA)

2013:

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Awards

Special Awards

1992:

  • Rising Star – American Kite Magazine (AKM)

1997:

  • Outstanding Flyer – American Kite Magazine (AKM)

2007:

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2009:

2010:

2011:

2012:

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Teams

Kite Team Experience

1993:

  • Air Art – Masters Class Dual Line
    (represented USA at World Cup)

1994-1995:

  • Invisible Wind – Masters Class Dual Line
    (represented USA at World Cup)

1996-1997:

2005-2006:

  • TKS Mid-Air – Experienced Class Dual Line

2006-2013:

2012-present:

2010-present:

  • REVOL – Indoor / Outdoor Pairs Team

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Titles

Organizational Roles

2005:

  • AKA Sport Kite Committee (Chair)
  • Member – International Rules Book Committee (IRBC)

2006:

  • AKA Region 9 Director
  • AKA Sport Kite Committee (Chair)
  • Judge – World Sport Kite Championships (France)
  • Judge – Weifang Sport Kite Championships (China)
  • Member – International Rules Book Committee (IRBC)

2007:

  • AKA Region 9 Director
  • AKA Sport Kite Committee (member)
  • Member – International Rules Book Committee (IRBC)

2008:

  • Director – Kite Trade Association (KTAI)

2009:

  • Director – Kite Trade Association (KTAI)

2013:

  • President – American Kitefliers Association (AKA)

2014:

  • President – American Kitefliers Association (AKA)

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Intl

International Invites

2004:

  • Uttarayan Festival – Ahmedabad, India
  • Festival Layang Layang – Pasir Gudang, Malaysia
  • Taipei Kite Festival – Taipei, Taiwan

2006:

  • Wind Party – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • World Sport Kite Championships – Berck sur Mer, France
  • Weifang Intl Kite Festival – Weifang, China

2007:

  • Wind Party – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Red Bull Kite Performers – Deauville, France
  • Red Bull Air Races – Interlaaken, Switzerland
  • Windscape – Saskatchewan, Canada (w/iQuad)
  • Red Bull Air Races – Perth, Australia
  • Tokyo Bay Flight Party – Tokyo, Japan

2008:

  • Portsmouth Kite Festival – Portsmouth, England (w/iQuad)
  • Bristol Kite Festival – Bristol, England (w/iQuad)
  • Fujimori Kite Festival – Aomori, Japan (w/iQuad)
  • Uchinada Kite Festival – Uchinada, Japan (w/iQuad)
  • PAC Rim Kite Festival – Vancouver, BC Canada (w/iQuad)
  • Tokyo Bay Flight Party – Tokyo, Japan
  • Red Bull Air Races – Perth, Australia

2009:

  • Uchinada Kite Festival – Uchinada, Japan
  • Hamamatsu Kite Festival – Hamamatsu, Japan
  • PAC Rim Kite Festival – Vancouver, BC Canada (w/iQuad)
  • Festival de Verano – Bogota, Colombia (w/iQuad)

2010:

  • Saint-Honoré dans l’vent – Saint-Honoré, Quebec Canada (w/iQuad)
  • PAC Rim Kite Festival – Vancouver, BC Canada (w/iQuad)
  • Festival de Verano – Bogota, Colombia (w/iQuad)

2011:

  • Indoor Fiesta, Singapore
  • iQuad Rev Clinic, Singapore (w/iQuad)
  • Borneo Kite Festival, Bintulu, Maylaysia (w/iQuad)

2012:

  • Fest-Event sur Glas, St Placide, Quebec Canada (w/iQuad)
  • Revoclinic – Gandia, Spain
  • PAC Rim Kite Festival – Vancouver, BC Canada (w/iQuad)
  • Saint-Honoré dans l’vent – Saint-Honoré, Quebec Canada
  • Dieppe Kite Festival – Dieppe, NB Canada (w/iQuad)
  • Festival de Verano – Bogota, Colombia (w/iQuad)
  • Marseille Kite Festival, Marseille, France

2013:

  • Redcliffe Kite Festival – Redcliffe, Australia (w/iQuad)
  • Saint-Honoré dans l’vent – Saint-Honoré, Quebec Canada (w/iQuad)

2014:

  • Cavalia – Abu Dhabi, UAE (solo kite performer)

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Records

World Records

2008:

2010:

2013: