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The Steve Edeiken Memorial Kiteflier of the Year Award

The Kiteflier of the Year will be a person who, during their lifetime, will have shown friendly, loving, fair, and even-handed concern for:

1. People in general, but kitefliers in particular,
2. Kiteflying in general, but for craftsmanship and technical developments in particular, and
3. Communication in general, but for leading and participating in kite events in particular.

Award Criteria: Edeiken Kiteflier of the Year


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2013 – Ray Bethell

Nomination letter:  This nomination for the Edeiken Award is long overdue. But our nominee is as deserving today as he may have been five, ten, or 15 years ago. We are endorsing for AKA’s highest honor, the consummate global kiting ambassador. He has certainly traveled the world. He is quick to share a warm smile […]

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2012 – Richard & Marti Dermer

Nomination letter: I have long been impressed by the description of the primary Edeiken Award qualifications. “The Kiteflier of the Year will be a person who, during their lifetime, will have shown friendly, loving, fair, and even-handed concern for people in general, but kitefliers in particular.” While most kiters exhibit these qualities, some of our […]

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2011 – Meg Albers

Nomination letter: The Edeiken award has been presented in the past, to kiters who contributed to our community by traveling on cultural exchanges, writing, organizing events, teaching, researching our kite history, and facilitating non-profits to promote or preserve kiting. Our nominee has done all of these things and more. Our nominee has traveled to kite […]

2010 Edeiken Winner - Peter Lynn

2010 – Peter Lynn

Nomination letter: We nominate Peter Lynn for the AKA’s highest award — the Steve Edeikin Memorial Kiteflier of the Year Award for his incredible lifetime of achievements in the kiting world. Today, if you search the web for kite related webpages about Peter Lynn you will find over 120,000 entries for this modern day kite […]

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2009 – Bill Bigge & Steve Ferrel

Bill Bigge Nomination letter: This to nominate for the 2009 Steve Edeiken Memorial Kiteflier of the Year Award our longtime friend WILLIAM R. BIGGE. Though Bill is one of the most reticent kitefliers among us, we hope with this nomination to bring attention to his many fine qualities and accomplishments. As a graduate in physics, […]

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2008 – John Barresi

Nomination letter: Steve Edeiken was a sport kite flier. So it seems appropriate to nominate for this award, the most successful and visible sport kiter in our AKA community. Lifetime Achievement awards are often presented to our older members. But some fliers start earlier than others. Our nominee began competing in 1991 and was named […]

2007 Edeiken Recipient

2007 – Corey Jensen

Nomination letter: We are writing to nominate for AKA’s highest honor, one of our most passionate members. He is passionate about all kinds of kites and has sold them for more than 30 years. Eschewing mass marketing and internet techniques, he prefers to teach customers one-at-a-time. When power kiting first appeared, he embraced the new […]

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2006 – Cel & Mike Dallmer

Nomination letter: The Edeiken Award is about service to kiting. As we all know, service can mean big things and it can mean smaller day-to-day things as well. And so we are writing to nominate a couple that can be counted on for the big things, and to do the smaller ones without being asked. […]

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2005 – Pete Dolphin

Nomination letter: We are writing to nominate for the Edeiken Award, AKAs consummate showman. That showman is Pete Dolphin. A showmans reputation is more than simply a resume of accomplishments. A resume would detail that he had designed award winning freestyle programs. But that would not begin to explain the impact of Pete dressed as […]

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2004 – Lee & Sue Sedgwick

Nomination letter: The AKA’s highest award, the Edeiken Trophy, is about spirit. It is about enthusiasm, innovation, exploration, and above all, about the joy of kiting. Two fliers who most highly exemplify these ideas are Lee and Sue Sedgwick. Sedgwick and “Taft” were dominant competitors in the formative days of sport kiting. Lee’s Lady in […]