Meet the kiters

These are some of the special kiters who support Cape Mental Health and the Cape Town International Kite Festival. Click thumbnails for full profile and more images.

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Bobby Gathoo   Brian Skinner   Ebrahim Sambo

Bobby Gathoo (Steenberg, Cape Town) an award-winning kite-maker, has entered the Heritage Kite Award every year since its inception. Bobby has been placed several times and took top honours for the first time in 2016 with a stunning pink and black Swaeltjie.
 
Brian Skinner (Cape Town, South Africa) Brian Skinner (Briski) and his wife Beryl have been regulars at the #CTKiteFest since 2000. He uses kites to put smiles on the faces of children and adults.
 
Ebrahim Sambo
(Cape Town) is an award-winning maker of traditional ‘Cape Swaeltjie’ or Swallow kites, a style of kite that appears to have come to Africa with immigrants from South East Asia several centuries ago
   
   
Gerald Gelderbloom   Greg Mountjoy   Islips

Gerald Gelderbloem (Parkwood Estate, Cape Town) has been kiting for over 40 years, having flown kites made by his “daddy” since he was about 7 years old, and making his own from about 9 years of age. His favourite design is a traditional Swaeltjie (Swallow) kite, which he was taught how to make by his father. “A Swaeltjie is the first kite I made and it flew first time”. Gerald grew up on the Cape Flats during the Apartheid years and said kites were one of the few toys available to him.
 
Greg Mountjoy
(Knysna, South Africa) runs Kites by Design in Knysna, and is a regular guest at the Cape Town International Kite Festival and a sought after veteran of international festivals.
 
Ian & Jenny Islip (Parow, Cape Town) were so inspired by what they saw at #CTKiteFest several years ago that Ian started designing his own inflatable windsock kites. He had been flying and making stick kites for a while but he was blown away by the giant creatures and decided to make his own.
   
   
sanders   Ashley Ware-Lane   Zahit

Kevin & Linda Sanders (Australia) of Ozfeathers.com have been exploring the wonderful world of designing, building and flying kites and creating feather banner ground displays for decade. They have participated at kite festivals around the world.
 
Mari Ware-Lane (Brackenfell, Cape Town) Ashley Ware-Lane, Kiting Advisor on the Cape Town International Kite Festival Organising Committee from 2011 and a proud Mental Health Ambassador, tragically passed away in June 2018. His beloved wife, Mari, will continue to fly with us and show off their wonderful kites. We trust Ashley will fly with us always, whispering in the wind.
 
Mehmet Zahit Mungan (Turkey) has loved kites since he was 6 years old. He makes kites, including the world’s largest parasled kite and has lifted a man 5 metres into the air with a kite. Founder of the Seagull Kite Club he loves to create, make and fly all kinds of kites.
   
   
Peter Hulcoop   Phil Broder   Philip Hattingh

Peter Hulcoop (UK) has been flying kites for over 35 years and says a new design is always in his head, on the drawing board or in production. He is an active member of several UK kite clubs and the American Kite Association.

 
Phil & Carly Broder
(USA) is an American kiter; past editor of Kiting magazine and now runs Fly Market Kitemaking Supply. He has received the Ingraham Award for lifetime service to the American Kitefliers’ Association. He has been to festivals in several countries, including South Africa. He is returning with his wife Carly to fly kites under African skies together.
 
Philip Hattingh (Cape Town, South Africa) is a professional kite-maker and kite-flyer who has been making kites for over 20 years. He used to sell them on the Main Road in Clovelly and, over 15 years later, people still ask whether they can buy kites there.
   
   
Ralf Maserski   Sandesh  

Ralf and Lucas Maserski (Germany). Award-winning kiter Ralf Maserski has been kiting since 1995. He says he finds joy in making and flying kites, especially using his own designs. He enjoys giving workshops to spread the knowledge of kite-making.
 
Sandesh & Geeta Kaddi
(India) is fondly known as the ‘Kite Man’ by locals in his home town of Belgaum, India. An entrepreneur and businessman, Sandesh has taken his hobby of kite building and flying to another level. He is the founder member of Highflyers Club, Belgaum and has participated in many Indian and international kite festivals.
 
Bernd Halbeck
(Germany) Kiting is more than a hobby – it's a way of life to Bernd, who works in aircraft manufacture. In his spare time he goes to kite festivals all over Europe. His passion is kite aerial photography (KAP).
   
   
John Erasmus   Hansens   David Sampson

Bernhard Dingwerth (Germany) made his first inflatable – a crocodile – in 1994. This was followed by a seal, grasshopper, salamander and a whole zoo of different creatures.
 
Craig and Debbie Hansen (New Zealand) With 3 other adventurers, Craig crossed the Sahara Desert by 'kite power', breaking records for the longest distance travelled by kite and the first wind-powered crossing of the Sahara.
 
David & Nadia Sampson (KwaZulu-Natal) run one of the bigger kite companies in South Africa and own a range of show kites, including a selection of huge inflatables like their 34-metre caterpillar.
   
   
Fred and Donna d Gadis d Jacques Fourie

Fred and Donna Taylor
(Canada) are attending the Festival for the first time in 2016. They plan to bring an assortment of their ‘festival favourites’. As well as single line inflatables, Fred and Donna also enjoy flying Revolution 4-line kites and will be showing off some technical flying skills.
 
Gadis Widiyati Riyadi (Singapore) organises the Singapore International Kite Festival with the Singapore Kite Association as well as assisting organisers in other countries in Asia . She conducts kite-making workshops and gives talks in museums, universities and big companies.
 
Jacques Fourie
(Pretorial, South Africa) has been flying kites for the past 20 years, having started with dual line stunt kites, flexi stackers and Wallendair parafoils. "As long as there are kites in the sky everyone is happy," he says.
   
   
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Jacqui Mountjoy
(UK) is a South African now living the UK. A long-standing supporter of Cape Mental Health, Jacqui was also involved in the kite business in SA for over two decades.

 
John Erasmus (Durban, South Africa) John became interested in kites in 2011 when it was too windy to fish and he met up with Steven Leonard flying a Revolution kite on a Durban beach.
 
Karl & Sara Longbottom (UK) are a popular couple on the international kite circuit and regular visitors to #CTKiteFest. They initially toyed with kites when their children were young, but two decades later, Karl is a full-time, award-winning kite-maker.
         
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Karl-Ulrich Körtel, (Germany) has been flying kites for over 50 years and building kites since 1985. He was the runner-up in the German Kite Builders Championship on 1992.
 
Keith Mould (South Africa) pictured here with Ebrahim Sambo, has been involved with the Cape Town International Kite Festival since 2002. He owns about 300 kites, including 15 Rokakku kites of various sizes.
 

Maarten and Tjitske van Hienen (Netherlands) are kite-makers who specialise in patchwork kites, some with as many as 1,600 individual pieces.  

         
Volkers d Ebrahim Sambo d John Erasmus

Martin and Inge Völker (Germany) are attending the #CTKiteFest for the second time in 2015. Both are talented kite makers and Martin will be bringing one of his newest creations, a 9 metre ‘dwarf’, to this year's event.
 
Mike Goldblatt
(Cape Town) has been making and flying kites for over 20 years and has been attending the Cape Town International Kite Festival since 1997. He has recently gone ‘back to basics’ and started making and flying single line kites and zero-wind gliders.
 
Pieter & Xavier Binsbergen (PE, South Africa). Pieter and his nine year old son are avid kite flyers. Their passion is dual and quad line kites, having dedicated much time in the past two years flying revolution kites.
         
Steven Leonard Ian & Jenny Islip Ugo Groll

Steven Leonard (Durban, South Africa) is a professional kite flyer involved in all forms of kite flying, performances and training, but specialises in steerable kites.
 
Steve Pereira (South Africa) has attended the #CTKiteFest almost every year since it started. He has a range of kites including two line trick-kites, power kites, fighter kites and Revolution kites.
 
Ugo Groll
(Germany) is a regular attendee at the Cape Town International Kite Festival. His partner, Diana Hampel, is an excellent kite bridle knotter.
         




The annual Cape Town International Kite Festival attracts talented kite-makers and kite fliers from around the world. Festival-goers will see giant cartoon characters and other amazing kite creations take to the skies, as well as exciting stunt kiting and Rokakkau kite battles.

 
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