2008 Edeiken Winner - John Barresi
Steve Edeiken was a sport kite flier. So it seems appropriate to nominate for this award,
the most successful and visible sport kiter in our AKA community.
Lifetime Achievement awards are often presented to our older members. But some fliers
start earlier than others. Our nominee began competing in 1991 and was named the
American Kite Rising Star of 1992. Since then, he has gone on to win 14 first place
trophies in AKA Grand National Competition, flying solo, in pairs, in team, and in
multiline. No other competitor has won as many awards in as many disciplines. In 1997,
he was named the AKC Outstanding Masters Class Flier, making him the only pilot ever
to receive both the Rising Star and Masters awards.
Our nominee has also been a creative promoter of kiting online. In 2003 he became
publisher of KiteLife.com – the most popular and prolific internet site for kites. In
addition to profiling events and fliers, he has also completed the effort to digitize and post
all copies of KiteLines and Stunt Kite Quarterly Magazines bringing those historical
achieves to a new generation of kiters. He has also produced numerous commercial sites
and is webmaster for the Kite Trade Association International.
He has served on the Boards of both AKA and KTAI. He has judged at the World Sport
Kite Championships in France and the World Kite Competitions in China.
More recently, our nominee drew a group of multiline fliers together to create the IQuad
phenomenon. This dynamic performance group has inspired hundreds of fliers and
hundreds of thousands of spectators with their indoor and outdoor exhibitions. If there is
growth and charisma in the kiting movement today, IQuad is the driving force. And the
driving force behind IQuad is of course, John Barresi.
We are pleased to nominate him for AKA highest award.