John Barresi
Birth date
June 1, 1975 (1975-06-01) (age 42)
Portland, OR
  • Quad line
  • Dual line


  • Quad line
  • Dual line
Active Years
1990 - Present

John Barresi is an American sport kite flier and designer, as well as the editor and owner of Kitelife magazine, a title he has held since late 2002 and now shares with his wife Takako Barresi.


(via Team])
Flying since the age of fifteen, John first picked up a sport kite in 1990 on the Marina Green in San Francisco… Now in his 30′s and having flown in over a dozen different countries, he’s been fortunate enough to make kiting his life’s dedication – this even led to meeting his wife Takako at the 2007 Tokyo Bay Flight Party in Japan, and these days they live and fly together in Portland Oregon.

As one of the most prolific and successful sport kite competitors in North America, John has earned national championships in nearly every discipline, including his role as one of the members of three national champion dual line sport kite teams in 1993, 1995 and 1997 respectively, each of which represented the USA in the World Championships.

John was voted American Kite Magazine’s Experienced Class “Rising Star” (like rookie of the year) by his kite flying peers in 1992, and in 1997 he was again recognized by his peers, this time as the “Outstanding Flyer” among all Masters Class competitors. In the 11 years that American Kite Magazine was published, John is the only flier to have ever received both the “Rising Star” and “Outstanding Flyer” awards.

In 2008, John became the youngest ever recipient of the Steve Edeiken (or Kiteflier or the Year) Award for lifetime achievement, nominated by his peers and awarded by our own American Kitefliers Association at their annual convention in October of 2008.

In 2006, John co-founded iQuad with teammate David Hathaway and became highly active in promoting the world of Rev team flying which ultimately led to the creation of his Signature Series with Revolution Kites in 2007 (the B-Series)… This later spawned into a series of B-Pro (2008) and larger Zen kites (2010) which are handmade exclusively by teammate Bazzer Poulter. In 2011 the B-Series line evolved once again with a smaller sized B-2 coming onto the scene.

Nearly equal to his passion for Rev flying, John is also a capable dual line flier and has a new design (the Kymera) coming out through Into The Wind in 2011 as well… He is also a veteran indoor dual, quad and single line flier, and has dedicated a great deal of his time to producing tutorials on a variety of sport kite subjects via one of his many web sites (

When he’s not flying or designing kites, most of John’s attention goes toward his work as owner and editor in chief of, the largest kiting web site in the world. With a bi-monthly Internet magazine, hours of video, out of print publications, a discussion forum, photo galleries and more, Kitelife is devoted to promoting and facilitating kiting worldwide through kiting media, performance and web design for the kiting industry… In 2010, the voting Kite Trade Association members recognized with their “Best Kite Promotional Effort” award.[1]


thumb|640px|John flying his vented B-Pro Vented Revolution at D-River in Lincoln City, 120' x 90# lines, 3-wrap frame.
[[Video:2010 Kymera in Seaside (sport stunt kite prototype)|thumb|640px|Prototype Kymera flights at the 2010 AKA Grand Nationals in Seaside, OR]]


National ChampionshipsEdit


  • Experienced Individual Ballet (AKM)
  • Experienced Individual Precision (AKM)


  • Open Quadline Ballet (AKM)
  • Open Quadline Ballet (AKA)


  • Masters Individual Ballet (AKM)
  • Masters Quadline Ballet (AKM)
  • Masters Team Ballet (AKM - Captain Eddie's Flying Circus)
  • Masters Team Precision (AKM - Captain Eddie's Flying Circus)






Special AwardsEdit


  • Rising Star - American Kite Magazine (AKM)


  • Outstanding Flyer - American Kite Magazine (AKM)


Organizational RolesEdit


  • AKA Sport Kite Committee (Chair)
  • Member - International Rules Book Committee (IRBC)


  • AKA Sport Kite Committee (Chair)
  • Judge - World Sport Kite Championships (France)
  • Judge - Weifang Sport Kite Championships (China)
  • Member - International Rules Book Committee (IRBC)


  • AKA Sport Kite Committee (member)
  • Member - International Rules Book Committee (IRBC)


  • Director - Kite Trade Association (KTAI)


  • Director - Kite Trade Association (KTAI)


  1. Team iQuad official site

External LinksEdit

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