Kite Buggy FAQ

Common questions about kite buggying answered.

What is kite buggying?

Imagine flying a large kite, large enough to pull you a few meters when ''powered up', and then sitting in a three-wheel stainless steel vehicle using foot pegs on the single front wheel to steer. Now using the kite for power steer the buggy in a direction approximately at right-angles to the wind direction on a relatively hard surface, sand, grass or may be even tarmac. And that's the basics of kite buggying!

What is a power or traction kite?

A power or traction kite is a larger version of your ordinary kite or stunt kite. A power kite will have a larger surface area than other kites and consequently when in flight, rather than the wind power just keeping the kite up, the wind power is used to pull the kite flyer as well. Note that in a very strong wind a stunt kite will achieve the same affect!

How big are power kites?

The kites vary in size as small 2 metres square up to whatever you feel safe with! Usually no more than 12 metre square is required in a light wind for buggying. Kite surfers usually require larger kites as they require more power.

Are power kites easy to fly?

There is a learning curve involved with flying a power kite, but once you have mastered the basics, which doesn't take long, then you have probably got enough knowledge to be able to buggy in a straight line. However the more you practice with a power kite before jumping in a buggy the better. The more comfortable you are in using the kite, the more you will be able to concentrate on controlling the buggy. The best way to start out is to fly your kite in a slighter lighter wind than recommended just to get use to the 'feel' of the kite. As you spend more time flying the kite, you will begin to feel more comfortable with higher wind speeds.

Is it a dangerous sport?

There is an inherent danger involved with the sport - at the end of the day you are sitting or strapped into a large metal object, traveling at potentially high speeds, holding on to a kite at the mercy of the wind. However kite buggying's safety record is very good and with with the right safety gear the average buggier should never receive a bad injury. Regarding safety gear, most power kites should come with some sort of emergency release system to enable you to get rid of the kite if it starts to get too much. Protection gear should also be worn, such as helmet, shades (keeps sand out of the eyes on beaches), good sturdy footwear and may be knee and elbow pads.

What surface is best for buggying?

Hard compact sand is probably the most popular surface for buggying. Soft sand is OK if you have wide wheels often called bigfoot wheels. Grass is OK too although harder work. Tarmac is the best for speed runs although finding a spare piece of tarmac not used by other larger vehicles is a bit of a problem! <<< Back to Buggy Articles