Ashley and Mari Ware-Lane (Cape Town)
Ashley is the Kiting Advisor on the Cape Town International Kite Festival organising committee. He and his wife Mari hail from Cape Town and have been attending the Cape Town International Kite Festival since 2003.
They have built up quite a collection of bought and homemade kites over the years including stunt kites, single lines, wind-socks and inflatables. Ashley initially started making stunt kites because he couldn’t find the ones he wanted in South Africa – but he soon realised the wow factor of single line kites and began creating his own.
In 2012 Mari finished creating her first kite – a 3.5 metre frog single-line inflatable. With this experience under their belts the husband and wife team are now working hard to produce new kites to showcase at the 2013 Cape Town International Kite Festival.
In addition to flying kites they are both involved in voluntary rescue work in the Western Cape and 4x4ing.
Their biggest and most prized possession is a David Gomberg ‘Blue Meanie’. “Our ultimate kiting experience is flying the kites at Blouberg on a lazy summer afternoon and seeing people taking photos of them with Table Mountain in the background.”
They say an annual kiting highlight is supporting Cape Mental Health at the Kite Festival, “We love to meet up with our kiting friends from all over the world and dream that one day we’ll be with them at an overseas international Kite Festival.” This dream came partly true in that they attended a Kite Festival earlier this year in Nairobi, Kenya.