Today, Dylan and his brother Cardin compete together as Team Flying Dragon. In 2019, Dylan was the American Kitefliers Association’s Grand National Champion, bringing home seven first-place medals! Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, a national competition wasn’t held in 2020 or 2021. But that hasn’t lessened Dylan’s passion for the sport. One key to a successful kite-flying routine is to have fun. “I like to make people smile when I fly,” says Dylan.
Dylan often flies a kite with four lines, called a quad line. He holds two lines connected to a handle in each hand. He moves the handles to change each line’s angles and tension, or tightness. This gives Dylan precise control over the kite’s movements and allows him to do tricks.