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Hello @Whiffenspit,

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Hi Folks -- My name is Thomas Kowalchuk -- I owned The Victoria Kite Store in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada from 1980 to 1992 -- was heavily into Stunt kites -- Rainbow Stunt Kites -- Flexifoils -- and Hawaiians -- I was Don Tabors first International buyer -- also Steve Edikens Rainbows -- Was also big into single line kites -- loved Doug Hagamans Parafoils -- that's about it for now --

Keep The Wind At Your Back


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Hello Thomas,
Were you in or around the Eaton Center or whatever it was/is called in downtown Vic? If so, I, and another flier visited your store a few times when we were in Victoria on tour playing music at Harpo’s back in the day(z).....;)

If not...hello anyway! 

I also noticed you are in Sooke....way kewl place. Don’t know if he’s around anymore but there was a fellow from Sooke who would come to Harpo’s with a few Talking Drums he made from pvc pipe and fittings. He did all of the “heads”, etc. himself. A very eccentric and wonderful person.  I still have and use the two I purchased.......

I’m up on the Sunshine Coast (for the last 20+ yrs) and got started in kiting hanging out with Ray Bethel at Vanier in Van.... These daze mostly fly my BMK/Aerie’s, Rev 1’s, and single line glider kites!!!! 

Again welcome!!!!!


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My store was in Market Square -- I was the only kite store in Victoria and there really has not been one since -- I'm in my 70's now and do not fly much at all -- Sooke is a crappy place to fly kites -- really no good sites here at all -- beaches are rock & barnacle -- Harpo's -- that brings back some memories -- as for Talking drums guy -- never heard of him and I've lived here for 22 years --



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