As a kid, Philippe’s dad had a book on how to build paper kites… so they played with that and Philippe did try by himself to “bigger models” in the book at that time… only to be frustrated.
Philippe went to “le mondial” in Verdun when he was around 15 after seeing it in the paper and remembers going “wow”… but never pursued more… Fast forward 20 years and he’s stuck with the prospect of entertaining 3 nephews for a weekend at the beach … and then it flashes! We’ll build and fly paper kites!
So he brought everything needed to build kites (dragon kites!) and they ( ok … he) managed to build 3 kites and hop to the beach they went. The damn thing flew so well, it provided him with pure joy and re-sparked his interest in kite building.
Back home in Laval, Quebec, Philippe told himself “enough with paper kites, I want to do ripstop!” … couple of searches and the web and he found everything he needed to start. Wife bought him a sewing machine and he was off!
Philippe has built a bunch and really liked flowforms, so he made his own flowform bigger and bigger and now he’s actually starting one at 525 square feet … the biggest one yet, a tad bigger then the last, which was “only” 500!
He began going to local parks, met some people who told him about festivals and he got involved and hey, soon enough, he’s invited to all the local festivals and going to some not so local!
Philippe has also just recently acquired a used full size manta ray “just because” he could and he really likes it.