John Barresi

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John Barresi (born June 1, 1975) is an American sport kite flier and designer with multiple US championships, has been the editor and owner of Kitelife magazine since late 2002, leader of Team KiteLife and owner of Kite Forge.

One of the most prolific and active sport kite fliers in the world, John started in the kiting community as an enthusiast in August 1990. He started at a competitive level in 1991 and has since secured top rankings in a variety of sport kite disciplines (individual, pairs, team, dual line, quad line, indoor) with occasional breaks.

In addition to his competition experience, he has also been a traveling kite performer during most of his career, demonstrating and performing in well over a dozen countries worldwide both individually and as a member of various teams.

Attending the 2006 World Sport Kite Championships in Berck sur Mer France as a judge, he participated in organized quad line team flying for the first time and impassioned by his experiences there, formed Team iQuad with friend David Hathaway immediately upon returning to the United States.

In 2007 he partnered with Revolution Kites to design the B-Series [1] kite, a "signature series" quad line kite with which along with Team iQuad, served to fuel a rapid growth in the North American quad line community, particularly in the area of team flying.

More recently, John completed his first-ever dual line kite design through Into The Wind named the Kymera,[2] due for release in 2011.

National Championships

1992

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

1994

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

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

2005

2006

2007

2008

Special awards

1992

  • Rising Star - American Kite Magazine (AKM)

1997

  • Outstanding Flyer - American Kite Magazine (AKM)

2008

Organizational Roles

2005

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

2006

  • 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 Sport Kite Committee (member)
  • Member - International Rules Book Committee (IRBC)

2008

  • Director - Kite Trade Association (KTAI)

2009

  • Director - Kite Trade Association (KTAI)

References

  1. Video showing the B-Series Revolution kite piloted by John Barresi in Lincoln City, Oregon.
  2. Video showing the Kymera dual line kite prototype piloted by John Barresi in Seaside, Oregon.

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