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Interview by Dave Harris
I first met Ben a couple of years ago but really
had never taken the time to get to know him. I always admired the kites
that Ben flew as they were large and beautiful.
I was envious because at that time I didn’t have anything that
spectacular in my own collection. I
was just getting started myself. When
Ron announced he was going to re-start the newsletter again at the last
board of directors meeting he thought it would be good to interview a club
member kind of a “Getting to know our members “section.
We’ve all seen Ben’s kites and the man on the field but how
many of us really know him
Ben first became involved with kites in 1999 at
“It was sometime in 2000 I met Ron Despojado on the
field. From Ron I learned
about Revolution kites. He was
a huge factor to my love of Revolution and the entire kiting community.”
Over the next couple of years Ben spent his spare time building his
kite collection and honing his flying skills. Most of 2003 he spent flying
big kites, single line flow forms.
“I joined the San Diego Kite Club in 2000.”
Ben was building custom motorcycles at the time.
I asked Ben “What are some of your most memorable moments?”
He replied “The first time I saw Ron Despojado flying a
Revolution kite on the field…I had never flown a four line kite
before…let alone seen anyone else fly one.
Pretty spectacular!” Ben
continues “Another special moment…my first trip to WISKF (Washington
State International Kite Festival) I went with Daryld…went to fly BIG
Flying kites all over the country for kids…some places by
invitation and other by self discovery.
Most of these events were for the underprivileged or crippled
kids…all resulting to some great memories.
Usually on Sundays he is flying at
Further dialog with Ben lead me to this next question.
As a man with many kites in your collection…which ones are your
favorite? To which he replied
“Rev. 2.4 Power Kite, 4.8 Power Kite and my 16 year old Rev I.”
He found this kite at the Revolution factory where he now works.
Ben has flown a 24 stack of 1.5 SLE’s as his personal best and
owns a stack of 13 himself. Ben is working on a world record Revolution
“I’m really fond of large kites also.”
I should say so, this man is a one man kite show wherever he goes
with kites like: The Peter
Lynn Octopus & Mermaid by Martin Blais, Crowns by Peter Lynn, 454
Flows by Sutton and the spectacular Dolphin Tails.
You can also tell when Ben’s on the field by the banners
he flies- never less then 5
poles and sometimes up to 20. The
club gifted Ben last year a SDKC banner and it has become his traveling
companion. He takes the club
banner and a pole to all the venues he attends including the Sturgess
Motorcycle Rally. A true friend to kiting!
I asked Ben about the
“Infamous Orchestra” of kites. He
replied: “oh yes….they are
the guitar, the banjo, the saxophone and the cello- large inflatables.”
Many created by or for him as special orders.
They are truly fun to see when he has them all in the air together.
Always thinking of new kite designs or ideas over the years, Ben
has had the opportunity to work with Martin Blaze and Susan Gomberg.
Ben is sharing with Susan Gomberg his thought about a group of
inflatable kites called “The Flying Living Room Set”. To include: a
recliner, a couch, a big screen TV (with interchangeable picture panels)
and a flying lamp that will actually light up.
These will be spectacular in the sky.
So here we have a man that started this flying hobby with
his custom work on motorcycles to his recent new adventure, 3 months ago,
going to work for Revolution Kites.
If you have a chance to talk with Ben you’ll discover a
man with great passion for kiting. You’ll
also learn that he is most willing to share his kiting knowledge with you.
In concluding the interview as he got up to go back out on the field to
fly, he turned back to me and said “See you in the wind!”
Yes my new friend…you sure will.