OCEAN PARK - The Fourth Annual Windless Kite Festival was a world-class event this year in its new venue at the expanded Ocean Park Elementary School gymnasium. More than a dozen kiters performed as several dozen people from all over the U.S. looked on Saturday through Monday.
Ari Contzius of Middletown, N.Y., is a two-time national champion pairs windless kiter and he performed several routines by himself and as part of a duo. His performances were, well - breathtaking - to say the least and also down-right hilarious. Contzius took third place at the world competition last year in France where he was the guest of the French government during the event.
Another national champion, John Barresi from Portland, also competed at the Northwest Sport Kite Competition at Ocean Park and gave demonstrations at the festival. He was just one of many performers and competitors who delighted the crowd.
Scott Davis of Tacoma was the organizer of the event and was among the demonstrators. As always, World Kite Museum Director and Tides West resident Kay Buesing was on hand to give her support.