Doug Stout is from Byram Township, New Jersey and has been flying kites for over 50 years. He started flying stunt kites during the summer of 1986 in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Using his engineering background, he began designing stunt kites in 1990. During the 1990s, Doug competed in AKA dual line stunt kite events with his Falcon, Talon and then Raptor stunt kites, moving up the ranks to become a successful Masters Class Competitor. During the summer of 2010, he started flying and designing single line glider kites, due to low wind conditions in northwest New Jersey. The results of Doug’s design efforts are a series of swept forward wing single line glider kites call the Bird of Prey, ranging in size from 18 to 96 inches in wing span. Doug uses his Bird of Prey 36 for Indoor Single Line Ballet events, and his larger Bird of Prey glider kites for outdoor demonstrations at kite festivals. At the conclusion of the 2015 and 2016 AKA competition seasons, Doug won the AKA Northeast Conference for Indoor Single Line Ballet for each year.
Douglas K. Stout
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