Team AirZone at Mountain House

Current team members (left to right)
John Gillespie, Darrin Skinner, Francisco Navarro, Aaron Champie at the Kite & Multi-Cultural Festival in Mountain House , CA on June 12, 2010

We are based in the San Francisco Bay Area (California)

In 2009, Team AirZone attended The American Kitefliers Association (AKA) Grand Nationals in Rochester, MN and placed First in Team Ballet and Second in Team Precision in our three-person configuration of Darrin, Aaron and John. We flew the final competitive performance of The Phantom routine.

In late 2009, a new 3-person choreography was developed for Lawrence of Arabia. Darrin, Aaron and John traveled to Berck-sur-Mer for the World Sport Kite Championships (WSKC) in April, 2010 as the sole representative of the AKA. We placed 4th in a field of 8, just missing the podium.

After the 2010, WSKC, Francisco rejoined the team. We are now developing new ballet routines for public exhibition and competition.

In 2011, AirZone was the sole Masters team competing at the American Kitefliers Association Annual Convention in Wildwood, NJ in October, 2011. Unfortunately, Francisco was not able to join us. We also competed alone at the AKA convention at Enid, Oklahoma in 2012.

We competed in the WSKC 2012 competition in Berck-sur-Mer again. We took 4th place with Lawrence of Arabia with the three-person team of Darrin, Aaron and John.

In mid-2013, we added a new team member: Drew Bembenek. Drew will be practicing with the team in 2014. It also looks like Francisco will have some time for the team this year. That will open up a number of possible combinations.

We are now getting ready for WSKC 2014 in April in Berck, France. We have found a new routine that will have its debut there with Darrin, Aaron and John.

Schedule
April, 12-20, 2014 Compete at World Sport Kite Championships in Berck, France
Mar 23, 2014 Practice at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA
Mar 22, 2014 Practice at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA
Mar 16, 2014 Practice at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA
Mar 15, 2014 BASKL at Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley, CA
Mar 9, 2014 Practice at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA
Mar 8, 2014 Practice at Berkeley, San Francisco, CA
Some previous events we've attended:
April 7-15, 2012 World Sport Kite Championships in Berck-sur-Mer, France
April 30-May 1, 2011 Kite Festival at Morro Bay, CA
October 12-16, 2010 AKA Nationals in Seaside, OR
July 31-Aug 1, 2010 BASKL in Berkeley, CA

 

Photo Gallery
March 31-April 14, 2008 AirZone in France 1 (A Champie)
March 31-April 14, 2008 AirZone in France 2 (F Navarro)
March 31-April 14, 2008 AirZone in France 3 (F Navarro)
March 31-April 14, 2008 AirZone in France 4 (F Navarro)
April 4-14, 2008Berck Interntional Kite Festival
April 4-14, 2008AirZone in Berck
April 4-14, 2008Sixth Sense in Berck
April 4-14, 2008Judging Staff in Berck
May 25-26, 2008San Ramon Wind & Art Festival

 

Panoramas
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March, 2008BASKL Berkeley (Caesar Chavez Park)
March, 2008Baylands
April, 2008Outside Versailles
April, 2008Versailles Gardens
April, 2008Versailles Gardens (distorted)
April, 2008Versailles Town Scene
April, 2008Versailles Town Scene
April, 2008Versailles Town Scene
April, 2008Near St Chapelle/Hall of Justice
April, 2008Hotel Kuntz
April, 2008Notre Dame 1
April, 2008Notre Dame 2
April, 2008Notre Dame 3
April, 2008Pompidou Center
April, 2008Eiffel Tower, near base
April, 2008Eiffel Tower, from across Seine
April, 2008Eiffel Tower, from across Seine
April, 2008Eiffel Tower, from second deck, north
April, 2008Eiffel Tower, from second deck, southwest
April, 2008Eiffel Tower, from second deck, east
April, 2008Napoleon's Tomb
April, 2008Pere Lachaise Cemetary - Oscar Wilde
April, 2008Pere Lachaise Cemetary
April, 2008Berck - Snow 1
April, 2008Berck - Snow 2
April, 2008Berck - Snow 3
April, 2008Berck - Party at Kavaal
April, 2008Berck - Fury Fliers
April, 2008Morro Bay by dock
April, 2008Morro Bay by kite shop
April, 2008Morro Bay by main north beach
April, 2008Morro Bay by south beach
Our Kites

We mainly fly dual-line kites made by Carl Robertshaw in London, England. The Fury is a full-sized sport kite that tracks well and, in capable hands, can do all the tricks-du-jour.

Each team member has three different kites, identical in color but different in sail weight and framing. We can fly in winds that range from 2 to 40 mph by changing a combination of kites, line weights and 'air brakes'

Contact us at: info@teamairzone.com