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Ray Bethell

It is with great sadness I pass on the news that Ray Bethell has died.

For those who do not know of him, Ray was a great kite ambassador from Canada. His trademark routine was flying three kites to the music of "Wind Beneath My Wings". Many have imitated, but none have achieved the level of perfection of Ray, in my opinion, and bear in mind, he was totally deaf! For many years he was a regular fixture at kite festivals across the world. I met him several times in Berck, and you couldn't wish to meet a more generous, warm and enthusiastic man. He would spend hours on the beach perfecting his routine, but was always willing to stop and chat.

There is a big hole in the kite world today. The wind is truly beneath his wings today.