SOURCE: Family Day Kite Festival

September 10, 2007 10:57 ET

Kites, Kite Boats and Kite Flyers Jump for Prizes on Land and Sea at the Second Annual Family Day Kite Festival

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - The second annual Family Day Kite Festival featuring giant kites, stunt kites, antique and exotic kites, acrobatic kite-buggies, super-fast kite boats and eight contests has attracted an all-star line-up of World Champions and aerial artists to perform, exhibit and compete throughout the weekend of September 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on San Francisco's panoramic Marina Green.

Highlights of the free festival will include world record holders flying high tech and highly maneuverable kites as well as demonstrations by world-renowned kite boaters, kite surfers, kite buggy drivers, kite fighters, kite inventors and makers.

The all-star case of performers will include David Gomberg, vice chair of the International Kite Federation and chairman of the World Sport Kite Championships; stunt-kite champions Troy Gunn, Chris Shultz and Brian Champie; Christoph Riddle, eighteen-year-old kite surfing, kite ground boarding and kite buggy phenom; kite buggy superstars David Sabilino and Slawek Krause; kite performance artists Jose Sainz and Ron Gibian; kite boat and kite surfing innovators Saul Griffith and Don Montague; monster and traction kite inventors Dave Culp and (world record holder) Dean Jordan; giant kite designer and flyer Pete Lynn; Indian fighter kite wizard Rakesh Bahadur.

A team of professional judges, lead by Chief Judge Troy Gunn, will award prizes for the funniest, biggest, smallest, most innovative, most beautiful, longest tailed, best looking on the ground and best overall kites. Winners will receive kites from New Tech Kites.

Special kid attractions will include free kites from the Make-A-Kite Pavilion sponsored by KRON-TV; monster inflatable rides and free play on the Spider Zone climbing structure by Steve and Kate's Camp; hands-on activities presented by Howtoons, the Lawrence Hall of Science and "Da Vinci: An Exhibition of Genius" will enhance the inventive nature of the festival.

See a full list of festival partners.

The festival, founded by longtime Bay Area high-tech entrepreneur and marketing executive Ron Young, is being honored with a special "Family Day in San Francisco" proclamation by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

"I'm thrilled by the broad range of kites and kite flying activities coming to the festival, as the next generation of kite technologists and flyers come together for a weekend of fun, excitement and invention," Young said. "And there's no better place to watch this display of wind-powered color, speed and daring than on the Marina Green with the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop."

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