There’s kite flying, and then there’s kite buggying. It is one of my favorite things to do, and here’s why:
- It’s like driving a car or a boat, but with kite power. Most kite buggies are three-wheeled The driver uses his feet to steer the front wheel in the direction he wants to go and uses his hands to control the kite.
- Some people can go pretty fast. I’ve heard of people going 100 km/h or more. I haven’t quite hit there yet but it is a definite goal.
- Buggy jumping. You strap yourself in, generate as much lift as you can and then up you go!
Ok. So now you’re interested, right? Of course you are. And you should be, because it’s awesome. Here’s some other stuff you need to know:
- The kites you need aren’t just regular old kites. They’re called traction kites, and you should already be pretty good flying a kite before you even head out there. A good place to start is a 4 line kite between 3 to 4 m. Keep in mind that there are no brakes on the buggy, and that’s what you need the lines on the kite for. With 4 lines, you get two for braking and two for steering. That’s just good math.
- There are two main types of buggies: freestyle or racer. Freestyle tends to be lighter and smaller, while racing buggies have a wider base and are built for stability. I recommend testing out a quality one in both styles before purchasing one; sometimes you can do this at kite buggy festivals.
- There is room for lots of customizations. More (or less) wheels, changing the width of the axel to add stability, different tires for different terrain, and adjusting the downtube, will all give different results. Before messing with any of this stuff, learn what they do.
- You probably should at least wear a helmet. You are riding in a vehicle unequipped with brakes. They also make harnesses, which can make life easier, more comfortable, and safer, but I’ll leave that up to you.
- If you are going to be kite buggying on the beachor any other public place, make sure you have the right to be there. Usually, this involves permits. If you are part of a kite flyer’s association, they may already have one and then all you have to do is follow the instructions on the permit, which is pretty straightforward. Typically it tells you the area you can operate in, how far you have to be from other people, whether you can mark off an area to alert people to what you’re doing so they can safely avoid you, and that any crash between you and people is going to be your fault so just expect it.Basically what I am telling you is to check the rules of your location before you go kite buggying, learn those rules, and then actually follow them. One big jerk can ruin it for all of us. Don’t be a big jerk.
- Now that you’re interested, click hereor here and get yourself started.
You are welcome.