Windjammers Group Photo

Meet The Windjammers

This year The Washington State International Kite Festival is proud and honored to have the Windjammers as our International team. Gary, Michael, Jon, George & Ronnie will be sure to stun and amaze with their choreographed stack kites and other displays of aerial artistry.

About The Team

On almost any weekend at a small island park in the middle of the Detroit River, you may find the Windjammers Kite Team consisting of Gary, Nate, James, Mike, George, Jean, Jon, and Ronnie, practicing their craft. In 1983, these metro Detroiters, with members now in Indiana & Canada and their mutual interest in kites, established one of the oldest kite teams in the United States and possibly the world. On Belle Isle, they have become a regular attraction for island visitors, stopping traffic with their stunning display of aerial artistry that can only be described as phenomenal. Along with Belle Isle visitors, The Windjammers also have thrilled thousands of other sky-watchers. They have performed at many events worldwide, including the Selfridge Air Force Base and Detroit Air Shows, Singapore, France, and Canadian kite festivals, The Michigan Hot Air Balloon Challenge, Miami, Cleveland, and Milwaukee International Kite Festivals, to name a few. As a National Sport Kite Circuit team, they have won many awards. Choreographing their performances to music, they can design a version to fit your specific needs with a wide array of kites at their disposal. Besides performing, they can do kite-making workshops, large kite displays, and multimedia, and they can show the history of kites with plenty of kites from around the world. This last item is excellent for small groups. They specialize in flying trains of kites. Each pilot flies ten or more kites on long lines, often with streaming tails, presenting a sky filled with color as they dance across the field.

Windjammers Flying Their Kites

Find them featured on the WSIKF field:

  • Thursday, August 22, 2024 at 2:00-2:30
  • Friday, August 23, 2024 at 2:30-3:30
  • Saturday, August 24, 2024 at 2:30-3:30

The Windjammers on the Today Show at the Miami Kite Festival

Experience flying as one of the Windjammers firsthand!

Gary
Gary
Mike
Mike
George
George
Ronnie
Ronnie
Jon
Jon

Meet Ralph Resnik

Ralph Resnik’s incredible artistic eye and worldly experience established him as a master kite designer and founder of North American Fighter Kite Association’s (NAFKA) Israeli Air Force. We’re celebrating Ralph’s return to WSIKF after 20 years!

Ralph Resnik

About Ralph

Ralph is a graduate of the Johannesburg College of Art, where he studied graphic design. His professional life includes 28 years of advertising design and art direction. Emigrating to Israel with his wife and two children in 1995, Ralph maintains his South African heritage through his world-renowned African wildlife artwork and colorful graphic motifs from the Ndebele tribe applied to fighter kite sails.

His interest in Indian kites gained him an invitation from the Gujarat Ministry of Tourism where he experienced and was greatly inspired by the original roots of Indian fighter kiting. This opened up a whole new canvas for his artwork.

This year he will share both his knowledge and enthusiasm with the festival participants through informal workshops and on-field instruction.

In conjunction with NAFKA, WSIKF is delighted to have Ralph join us for WSIKF 2024!

North American Fighter Kite Association
African Wildlife Artwork