The AKA

HOME

“Share the Joy of Kites.”

ABOUT AKA

About the AKA, Our Leadership, Special Awards, & Kite Programs.

AKA STORE - SHOP ONLINE

“Share the Joy of Kites.”

AKA Ebay Auctions

This will take you to our Ebay listings.

About Kites

ABOUT KITES

History, Kinds, Plans, Fabrics, How to Fly, Safety, Joy of Kites, What is a Kite, Make a Kite, Activities, How Do Kites Fly?

EVENTS

Event Calendar, Competitions, Workshops, Annual Convention, Convention FAQ, Requirements, Policies, Grand National Champions, & National Kite Month

Community

COMMUNITY

Kite Clubs, Favorite Flying Fields, Kiting Magazine, Member Benefits, Kite Stores, Workshops

MEMBER LOGIN

AKA membership portal 

Join Us

Membership benefits & plans.

Resources

RESOURCES

Kite Education, Kiting Resources, Kite Festivals, Kite Kits, Rulebooks, Manuals & more…

Contact Us

Send us a message 

Donate

The AKA is supported by generous donors of the kiting community

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Nic O’Neill and I live in Anacortes, WA with the love of my life Paul de Bakker. I have flown different kinds of kites over the years, but it didn’t become a real passion till I moved to Boulder, Colorado and went to Into the Wind. A year later I attended the South Padre Kite Festival, and was instantly hooked by the community. Ended up as a sponsored powerkiter with HQ Powerkites for a few years, which somehow lead me to a beach in Washington state where I met a man that would change my whole idea of what is possible with kites. Now I fly just about anything, but love flying indoor single lines. In the last year I have been helping out the AKA as a Director-At-Large, managing the social media side of the house, and as the acting National Kite Month Chairmen. I have also recently launched my own kitebuilding and kite flying business, and I am completely blown away by the resources, support, and people that have chosen to be a part of that journey.
2. Why did you join the AKA?
Honestly, I did it because the AKA was there at all of the events I was attending, and it seemed to make sense. I am glad I did, because it has really opened up the KiteWorld for me.
3. What is your favorite kite to fly?
My one of a kind Skate that was made specially for me.
4. Where is your favorite place to fly?
Hmmm… I do love a good beach, but I really just like flying.
5. If you could fly with anyone dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you fly?
I know it sounds cheezy, but I kind of get to do this all the time when flying a pairs Skate routine with Paul de Bakker. Otherwise, I would love to fly a kite with two guys who have come to be big mentors to me over the years: Bazzer Poulter and Ron Gibian.
6. Where is the next place someone can find you flying a kite?
Uhm, I have to check the calendar, but I think the Victoria International Kite Festival is the next place.