Be Blown Away by the Redcliffe KiteFest Kite Flyers


The incredible kite showcase will be the crowning attraction of the North Brisbane kite festival. Kites great and small, of all shapes, sizes and colours will bejewel the sky over the Kite Flying Arena. Be enchanted and amazed by the brilliant creations flown by amazingly talented home-grown and international kite flyers.

The Who’s Who of Redcliffe KiteFest Kite Flyers

Wondering who’s pulling the strings? Meet the 2018 North Brisbane Kite Festival kite flyers:

Redcliffe Kite Club

The local peninsula kite club will launch their large display kites during the opening event of Redcliffe KiteFest. Redcliffe Kite Club has taken part in numerous events across Queensland including the Redcliffe Festival of Sails, the Charleville Bilby Festival, the Miles Beef, Bells & Bottle Tree Festival, the Tara Camel Races and many more. Local Moreton Bay Region residents with an interest in kites are encouraged to join the Redcliffe Kite Club ranks. Kite flyers of all ages and varying skill levels are welcome.

Simon and Lyndall Chisnall (New Zealand)

Since 1996 Simon has been travelling the globe building a reputation for creating the world’s largest kites. Amongst his most popular behemoths are the giant whale and crab, though his most famous is arguably the special, 18 metre, 3D monster show kite he built for the 2014 US premiere of ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’. These days he pours his energy into designing large show kites such as Pegasus, Terry the Turtle cuttlefish, crabs, and a 30 metre, life size blue whale, amongst others. Lyndall caught the kite fever from Simon in 2006 and since then the pair have brought their kiting expertise to events across the world over.

Ali and Nev Carvell (Adelaide)

Allison and Nevil are lifelong kite aficionados. Ali began her foray into the realm of competitive Australian kiting in the 90s, competing for the Kite Factory solo, flying dual line stunt kites, and with a team. Nevil also began his first foray into kite flying with dual line kites and even found work which indulged his passion – making and selling kites for the Kite Factory. A serendipitous meeting at Nev’s workplace brought the two kiting enthusiasts together romantically and professionally. Together they progressed to 4 line kites and buggying, before trying their hand at large inflatable kites which continues to be a passion today.

David and Diane (Tasmania)

David and Diane from Tasmania started out kite flying in 1997. They are long term members of the Kite Flyers of Tasmania Inc. where David, an international award winning kite maker, is the current President and a Region 13 member of the American Kite Association. With a love of all things kiting they are excited to be bringing a selection of their favourite kites to help add more colour and movement to the Redcliffe skies.

Fred and Donna (Canada)

Attending the Festival for the first time in 2018, Canadians Fred & Donna plan to bring an assortment of their ‘festival favourites,’ as well as some single line inflatables. Fred & Donna also enjoy flying revolutionary 4-line kites and will be showing off some technical flying skills at this year’s Festival.

Darren Tibbey

Darren has been flying kites off and on for over 20 years. He started flying a 6ft flexifoil with the Australian kite Association and from there started getting a few different sorts of kites, from single line to quad line. Darren started off making few small kites and working on weekends at airborne kites in Melbourne. Darren is now looking into building bigger inflatable kites with Peter Lynn as well as his own inflatable ground display and kite line display.

Linda and Kevin Saunders 

Linda & Kevin Sanders – Australia’s own kite and banner team. Since 1993 Linda & Kevin have explored the wonderful world of designing, building and flying kites and feather banner ground displays.

In that time they have participated in numerous kite festivals across the world sharing their passion and teaching their craft to like-minded enthusiasts. Linda is a fabric artist, and began designing banners 20 years ago, both for pleasure and commercial use. The process is likened to glass-lead-light crossed with tile-mosaic – a spectacular way to add waving ground-colour at any outdoor event.

Kevin has been designing, building and flying kites since 1993, travelling extensively to participate at festivals, meet other kite flyers, and teach kite making. Kevin is also a member of the Hall Of Fame committee for the World Kite Museum. Kevin’s framed kites, "The Satellites", feature distinctive abstract, asymmetric graphics and have won awards at many events around the world.

See all the fabulous kite displays at the 2018 Redcliffe KiteFest on 25-26th August!