“Up, up, follow me! No, around like this!”
That’s the sound of kite leader Terry Wiggill directing his crew on Sunday afternoon at White Rock Sea Fest.
The Victoria-based foursome, are members of Team Island Kite – a performance quad-line kite team based in Victoria.
“Canada doesn’t have much of a culture of kite-flying, but much of the rest of the world does,” said Wiggill. “Kite culture is worldwide.”
But Wiggle didn’t know that a decade ago when he first started.
“A friend gave me a kite and the rest is history!” Wiggill said. “It’s a good time.”
The team – made up of Wiggill, Mario Di Lucci, Sari Becker and Mike Tracy – have travelled to Washington, D.C. and Oregon, and soon hope to go as far as Spain.
Kite-flying has garnered Wiggill some weird looks.
“When you tell your friends you’re going to fly kites, they think of the little diamond things,” he said. “There’s single-line kites, dual-line kites, kites as big as a garage!”
He shakes his head.
“It’s odd. It’s an odd hobby.”