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Ray's World Adventures 2002

Lucky 13 - Another World Record at WISKF
Long Beach, Washington USA - August 19-25, 2002
By Tony Cousins


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Ray Bethell did it again at the famous Long Beach International Kite Festival flying thirteen 8ft 2in custom Pizazz Kites, designed and made by Dick Barnes at Pizazz Kite Works Whidbey Island USA. He flew 4 from each hand and 5 off the waist, flying all the required maneuvers, the mandatory time required is 5 minutes Ray flew 12 minutes 54 seconds before doing a perfect 1-2-3 landing witnessed and enjoyed by the hundreds of spectators that came to watch Ray do his magic -- which is no easy task as the power from 13 of these full size sport kites is enormous. I can vouch for that personally as I flew just a stack of 4 with both hands and I was just about pulled of my feet.

This was not the number of kites Ray was trying to achieve for this years record but alas as soon as we added more kites to the stacks, some thing would happen to start them to wobble uncontrollably, the designer worked for days trying to work out the problem but was unable to correct it before the end of the festival. None-the-less Dick Barnes was very pleased with the results.

Ray flew a total of 21 Prism 6ft Fanatic sport kites for a world record in 2000 which was another huge success. It has been heard on the Kite grapevine that Ray has all ready been practicing to do some thing very special and spectacular to achieve a New world record in Aug 2003 at Long Beach International Kite Festival that has never been done by one person before. His crew team and I have been sworn to secrecy even under the pain of torture and death. Not to reveal what it is. (Man this will also be a world record for me if I can keep my mouth shut until next August) :)

Ray was one of the featured flyers at Long Beach this year, and once again the Long Beach organizers gave Ray his own arena on the beach where he gave all day Multiple Kite demonstrations from 8am until 6pm. I have heard so many times from spectators that they come to this festival every year just to watch Ray do his kite magic. It is with out any doubt that he is one of the main attractions to this world famous kite festival. It also gives me great pleasure to mention that Ray won the people choice award again for the 11th year in a row, I would definitely say this alone must speak for itself.

I always enjoy this festival but especially this year as being part of Ray's team was a great experience and indeed pure pleasure for me. Some of the days were more foggy than other years as I remember, but no problem with the wind, which was a little light in the mornings but by noon each day the sky over the festival was a mass of color, and kites of every description from flowing giant octopuses, whales, cats, teddy bears and nearly anything else that could be put in the air. There were more kite flyers in the Mass Ascensions then ever this year. It was a wonder that they never ran out of pins that they give away to every participant.

I would like to mention Ray has a great official team set up -- crew Fred and Gerri Adler from Davis California who have been good friends of his for many years, a great husband and wife Pairs Team whom this year gave up flying in competitions and now just fly for the pure fun and enjoyment of flying together. Fred and Gerri also perform demonstrations at all the festivals they attend.

I have already made plans to return to Long Beach in Aug 2003 so keep practicing and good luck Ray for what you have in mind, which I am sure will again sort the men from the boys. :)

Tony Cousins

Seattle WA USA.




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