Bay Space man brings pleasure to neighborhood with world-class big kites
By day Tony Jetland runs a common building firm and by evening he flies his distinctive kites for enjoyable. He moved to the city of Martinez within the late 90s and rediscovered his love of kites on a visit to San Francisco.
“Like lots of people rising up, you fly kites when you’re children,” stated Tony Jetand, generally known as the Kite Man of Martinez. “I grew up in northern Minnesota with my little sister who flew kites. I took a thirty 12 months hiatus till I moved to California.
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Twenty-two years later, Jetland has collected round 400 kites from around the globe. Kites are Jetland’s wholesome solution to overcome on a regular basis stress.
“Kite aviators, now we have a factor referred to as kite remedy,” Jetland stated. “If I am having a nasty day I get one in every of my kites pulling me throughout the sphere. If I am flying at evening I will take out one in every of my LED kites. It simply will depend on my temper.”
Over time, Jetland has constructed relationships with worldwide kite producers and helped create coloration schemes and designs for brand new kites. His inspiration comes from one other of his passions: scuba diving.
“I’ve been a diver for 35 years and have dived everywhere in the world,” Jetland stated. “A lot of issues I fly, like big manta rays, octopus, sharks, dolphins, sharks. I swam with them within the ocean. Once I land my kites, I attempt to create a aquarium within the sky with my kites theme. “
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The “Kite Man of Martinez” has been invited to fly his kites on a world stage and has flown to many nations to show his kites in lots of kite festivals and ads.
Final August, Jetland’s pastime got here to a halt when he was injured at his subcontracting job whereas constructing a patio for a shopper. “I gave myself a double hernia. I damage my again to the purpose of pinching two totally different nerves,” stated Jetland. “I misplaced the motion of my proper leg. It took me virtually 4 months to lie on my again staring on the ceiling and I used to be out of labor.”
Its absence didn’t go unnoticed by the inhabitants. Many members of the neighborhood have mobilized to deliver their “Kite Man of Martinez” again to well being.
“Individuals I’ve by no means met ask me, the place do you reside? Do you want meals, do you want groceries? stated Jetland. “It makes you humble to see a neighborhood come out as a result of you’re the ‘Kite Man’. All this overflowing love. It wasn’t within the first two weeks, it was till the day I stated I am again. Now I fly for the neighborhood who love me and adore it. “
The ‘Kite Man of Martinez’ doesn’t have a set kite flying schedule, however one of the best time to catch up is mid-April to mid-October at Martinez Marina.
“Once I deliver individuals out and have a look at the sky, it creates moments for mothers, dads and children,” Jetland stated. “You’ll be able to’t assist however be proud that the game I take pleasure in is loved by so many individuals. That is why I do it.”