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Turning the Buggy

Timing the Turn

The first step to successfully changing your direction is to get the timing right. Turn the buggy too early and you may get yanked out of the buggy as the kite carries on in the original direction, turn the buggy too late and tension is lost in the kite lines and the kite comes crashing to the ground. The idea is to turn the kite just before the buggy. This is one of those things that generally can't be taught, and is mastered by practice - on the upside generally once learnt never forgotten and the timing becomes second nature.

Turning the kite

Imagine you are buggying with the kite out to the right of the buggy i.e. you are traveling right to left to an observer facing down wind. In this case the kite should be turned to the right, i.e. clockwise. The kite should fly upwards at first towards the neutral point but then pass the center of the wind window and enter the other side of the wind window. Once here you can stop turning the kite and allow it to fly straight in the opposite direction.

Turning the buggy

During the turn of the kite the buggy should be turned too. It will be turned to the right, a downwind turn, and turning should stop once you are facing the opposite direction. As mentioned before the key is to this step is timing. The buggy should be turned just after the kite starts to turn and it should be turned sharply. The sharpness of the turn ensures that the buggy doesn't travel too far downwind and therefore the kite lines remain relatively tight during the turn.

Maintaining the power and direction

As with starting the buggy moving, when coming out of a turn it is important to maintain kite power and buggy direction. You may find that your buggy has traveled too far downwind and the lines are a bit slack. To rectify this buggy slightly upwind (assuming you still have some speed out of the turn) and this will distance the buggy from the kite and make the lines taught. Once you can feel the tension again, steer the buggy back to the intended direction and carry on.