Ashley and Mari Ware-Lane (Cape Town, South Africa)
Ashley, a Platinum Ambassador for Cape Mental Health, has been the Kiting Advisor on the Cape Town International Kite Festival organising committee since 2011. He and his wife Mari hail from Brackenfell, Cape Town and have been attending #CTKiteFest since 2003.
Ashley initially started making stunt kites because he couldn’t find the ones he wanted in South Africa. But he soon realised what he describes as the ‘wow factor’ of single lines. He then began creating his own. In 2012 Mari finished creating her first kite – a 3.5 metre frog single-line inflatable made from Bernhard Dingwerth’s plans, not to be outdone Ashley made a 3.5m Nemo also from Bernhard’s plans. They have since made a pair of parrots and crocodiles. They are looking forward to showing off some of their new kites at the 2016 #CTKiteFest including a Pink Panther inflatable replica made by Mari.
Keen collectors, their bought and homemade kite collection includes stunt kites, single lines, wind-socks and inflatables. Two of their most prized possessions are a David Gomberg ‘Blue Meanie’ and a 7m Peter Lynne Red Teddy Bear. They apparently have a few new ‘secret’ additions to their collection, which they plan to show off at 22nd Cape Town Festival.
They love flying locally and say they thoroughly enjoy “flying kites at Blouberg on a lazy summer afternoon and seeing people taking photos of them with Table Mountain in the background.”
For them #CTKiteFest is an opportunity to support Cape Mental Health and meet up with their kiting friends from all over the world. In 2013 they attended the Kenya Kite Festival and in 2016 were invited to attend the Weifang and Beijing International Kite Festivals in China, courtesy of the Department of Cultural and Sports of the Western Cape and Cape Mental Health.
In addition to flying kites they are both involved in voluntary rescue work in the Western Cape and 4x4ing.