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{Alan Sparling}

Alan Sparling Bio


Alan Sparling is one of the most active giant kite fiers in the world, appearing at over twenty events each year. The centerpieces of his collection are the three full size Peter Lynn kites and the Giant Barrel (50' x 75'). The newest of the Peter Lynn kites is a giant 90 foot long Gecko. It joins the eighty eight foot long inflatable Octopus, a ninety foot long Trilobite and a couple of "smaller" mid-size kites. In addition, he has several large ground display pieces and a large collection "smaller" kites.

Alan has been involved in many aspects of kiting over the past twelve years including both dual and quad line sport kites, buggys, fighter kites, rokkakus, a wide variety of single line kites and now large show kites.

He travels extensively both nationally and internationally flying the large show kites. He has turned an obsession into an opportunity to see the world.

Alan has been on the board of the American Kitefliers Association for the past eight years. Six of those years were as the Region Six Director, (IL, IN, IA, WI and MN), and has been the AKA treasurer for the past four. He has also served on the board of the Chicagoland Sky Liners kite club. He has received the AKA Regional Director of the Year award, the Charlie Sotich award for midwest kite promoter of the year, the Hod Taylor award from the Minnesota Kite Society and the Bob Ingraham Award for service to the AKA.

Last Updated: 03/04/05
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