• 11:00 am–1:00 pm, Field B
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Randy Tom was born on September 19, 1950 in San Diego and passed away on February 11, 2023 at the age of 72. He is survived by his three sisters, Sandra, Brenda, and Bobbie, and his niece Holly. Randy was one of the most renowned Kitemakers in the world.
Randy worked for the County of San Diego and he had many passions including car racing, fishing, playing the trumpet, as well as earning a black belt in karate. One day while fishing at Embarcadero Park he noticed a group of guys flying kites. He fell in love with kiting and turned his passion to building and flying kites. He created Hyperkites to pursue his passion.
Randy became one of the best Kitemakers the world has ever seen. From Hyperkites to his Ladies to the kites he designed for Sam’s Club, Costco, and even Disney – Randy was an amazing kite artist. Like Mikey, who you could give anything to and he’d eat it, you could give a kite to Randy and he’d make it fly. Kite manufacturers would seek him out to design kites that were not only beautiful but also flew Randy was very gifted and talented. He would become interested in something and master it in an unbelievably short time. When asked how he was able to accomplish this mastery he would reply, “I just have a logical mind”.
Randy was also a teacher who was willing to impart his knowledge of kitemaking to anyone willing to learn. His legacy will live on because of that willingness to teach his passion and those people in turn teaching others. In the kite world, when a flier passes, there is an empty space in the sky.