Randy Lowe, the Kite Man.

Strings Attached

A Kite Concierge Paints the Sky for Guests at Boca Beach Club

By Laura Quaglio

Randy Lowe bought a kite on a whim at a beach in New Hampshire nearly 30 years ago. From that day on, filling the sky with fanciful creations has been his passion.

Today, "Randy the Kite Man" is the kite concierge at Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, where he delights guests with his spectacular displays.

"I think of it as art in the air," says Lowe. He owns hundreds of kites, including a menagerie of animals, a multitude of artistic abstracts, and one-of-a-kind masterpieces, designed and commissioned by Lowe himself.

Imagine a 60-foot nylon whale, rising, twirling, and diving on an ocean breeze. Beside it, a giant scuba diver drifts lazily on the breeze with a determined shark in hot pursuit. The unique display is unlike any other, and Lowe ensures that guests never see the same show twice.

"Randy has helped reinvent our beach experience," says Michael Huminski, the director of beach operations at Boca Raton Resort & Club. "Every weekend, he surprises us with a new and creative display. Everyone is always wondering, What is he going to put up today?"

The question is not one that Lowe considers lightly. "I don't just throw kites into the air," he says. "I think about what's going on at the resort so I can make the day more special for our guests." If a soccer team is visiting, Lowe breaks out his 60-foot-tall soccer player. If the sky is overcast, he brightens it up with some of his more colorful choices. If it's sea-turtle nesting season, Sammy the Sea Turtle waves overhead above guests. For special occasions, guests can request a custom kite banner from Lowe. Four-foot-tall letters create a brief—yet bold—message, such as "Marry me?" or "Happy Birthday," which can be seen from miles away.

Lowe's kite-flying career began as a hobby that he adapted into a teaching tool during his 35 years in Boston public schools. "I used kites to teach kids the Pythagorean theorem," he says. Two years ago, Lowe retired and relocated to Florida, where he now teaches kids in Camp Boca, the resort's youth activity club, how to fly kites—just for fun.

"The Boca Beach Club is a magical paradise," says Lowe. "I love being able to add to that. I like to surprise people. There's magic in the unexpected."

Who:

Randy Lowe, kite concierge

Where:

Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Boca Raton, Florida

When:

Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; some holidays and special occasions; weather permitting