My name is Kerry St Dennis and I flew my first stunt kite in 1995 with a buddy. I was hooked! I went out right away and bought a couple of dual lined stunt kites for myself. I constantly practiced flying with my wife. I entered my first dual line competition in 1996 at the Kortright Four Winds Kite Festival in Klienberg, Ontario where I came in 3rd place. There were only three contestants entered in my stunt kite category. Hey, I was just a novice back then. I joined a local kite club called the Wind Climbers Kite Club. Of course then I just had to buy a few more kites. I flew mostly dual lined stunt kites and some department store single line kites. We traveled to a few festivals and learned how to fly our kites.
The next big step was attending a big kiting event in Grand Haven, MI in 2000. I was over whelmed with the variety of kites there. I purchased my first Revolution kite there. Wow quad line kites were great! I really got hooked on them. That was all I flew for the next couple of years.
Sewing some kites was my next goal. In 2002 my first kite project was a four stack of quad lined kites. When I flew those kites the sensation simply set me at peace. That stack of kites wowed the crowds at many festivals I attended. As I progressed with flying these, I decided to build myself an eight -stack of quad-lines in 2004. I still fly my stacks at festivals all the time.
In 2002 my friend Bill and I decided to form a home based kite club called the Guelph Royal City Fun Flyers. While traveling festivals in southern Ontario I met Gary Mark from Oakville. Gary was into flying large single line kites & huge inflatables. I began helping him set up and launch his kites at many festivals. This was a whole new ball game of kite flying! I was now hooked on large sized single line kites too! I began to sew some of my own large inflatable kites. We acquired our first 1100sq ft foil and an 80 ft long Peter Lynn Octopus in 2007.
In 2005 the RCFF started to host kite building workshops. The workshops attracted participants from kite clubs in Southern Ontario and the USA too. We have been holding annual workshops since then.
There is a never ending wow factor when it comes to flying and watching a variety of kites. A passion I will have for many years to come.