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Getting moving in the buggy

initial buggy position

Positioning the buggy

The best initial direction for the buggy is approximately 45 degrees down wind. This is the best compromise between right angles to the wind direction, where you may not get enough 'forward' pull to move and straight down wind, where as soon as you move forward the kite lines go slack.

Getting in the buggy

The safest way to get into a buggy is backwards. That may sound a bit strange, but the idea is to have the buggy behind you whilst you are launching the kite. This is just in case the kite drags you, in which case the buggy will be behind you and you won't be dragged towards it. So whilst flying the kite in the neutral position (straight above you), step one foot over the buggy, so you are straddling it and then lower your rear into the buggy seat. The kite should stay in the neutral position at all times. Having got comfortable in the seat, then put your feet on the foot pegs. Now you are ready to buggy.start moving the buggy

Getting power from the kite

So now you should be sitting comfortably in the buggy, feet on the foot pegs, kite in the neutral position above you. To get the buggy moving very slowly turn the kite in the direction you want to move - should be the same as the buggy is facing. You should feel the power in the kite lines and the buggy should start to move. Now currently the buggy is moving downwind as it was set up that way in 'Positioning the buggy'. Once you start moving you should slowly start turning the buggy away from kite so that it ends up on a run approximately at right angles to the wind direction. Whilst doing this the kite will be turning down into the power zone, so keep an eye on the kite too and make sure it's overall direction is the way you want to go i.e. it should be moving like a sine wave in the air through the power zone.

Maintaining the power and direction

The key now is to keep the kite power up and maintain tension in the kite lines. After a while of turning the kite to draw the 'sine wave' in the air, you can stop turning it, as the kite will have powered up enough to pull you without the need for you to turn the kite. The kite should be moving in the same direction as you are moving in the buggy and point that way too. Use the foot pegs to make changes to the direction of the buggy to maintain the tension in the lines. After a while it's almost as if the buggy, pilot and kite are one object moving in the same direction. Now just sit back and enjoy the ride.