You may surely have already flown a kite. It is great fun when the wind lets the kite dance in the air. In Kitebuggying the wind accelerates the drivers on their three-wheeled buggies and their kites to breathtaking speeds.
The New Zealander Peter Lynn has been a passionate kite fan from an early age. However, after some time he was sick of being pulled across the beach by his kite. In the early 1990s, he just developed a buggy to which the modern models are still very similar: swivelling front wheel, rigid axle, no brakes and a seat with belts. The trend sport was born quickly gaining a lot of friends, especially in Europe. After just a few years, numerous Kitebuggying fans gathered at the beaches of Europe with their three wheelers and kites.
In Kitebuggying two criteria are critical for selecting the accessories. The first criterion is the Kitebuggying discipline: race buggy or freestyle buggy? Race buggies are designed for maximum speed. Therefore, they are heavier and bigger in order to guarantee smooth running at higher speeds. In freestyle buggying it is all about spectacular tricks and jumps, therefore the manoeuvrability of the buggy is important. The second and much more important criterion is the driver's skills. The size of the kite play a decisive role. The larger the kite, the larger the greater the surface of attack for the wind. Therefore, beginners mostly use kites featuring smooth and good-natured flight characteristics and an area of approx. 3 m². Professionals often use so-called depowerkite with an area of 7 m².
As you might imagine, for Kitebuggying one not only needs a lot of wind but also a lot of space. One would not come very far in normal traffic. Too many buildings that slow down the wind. Overhead cables and traffic light where the kites could get entangled. Furthermore, the buggies don't have any brakes! Therefore, the drivers love to use wide beach areas with designated areas. Experienced Kitebuggy drivers always have a watchful eye for walkers who are strolling on the beach being lost in thoughts. Besides the buggy and the kite, the correct equipment also includes appropriate clothes, solid shoes and a helmet. In order to really eliminate all risks, most buggying areas require a drivers' license. With this license one can also participate in competitions. In any case, an appropriate liability insurance is recommended. This insurance kicks in in the event of an accident in which people are injured or material is damaged.
If you want to experience the Kitebuggying adventure yourself, you will find all important information on the web sites of the national associations. In Germany, it is the German Parakart Association Kitesailing e.V. under the address www.gpa.de.
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