You may have noticed that the wind blows often in the
Colorado River Valley, northwestern Arizona, and in the California desert. Imagine how much fun it would be to harness the wind and fly across the desert, across Red Lake, the dry lake bed north of Kingman, or over the sand dunes. Well, you can turn that dream into a reality with a kite board or kite buggy from Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas.
If your not familiar with kite buggies or kite boards, it is not surprising. Even though there is evidence that they were in use around the 13th century in China, and were popular in England in the early 19th century, they weren’t well know in the United States until the 1970’s. They became commercially available in America and the UK about this time, and Peter Lynn introduced strong, lightweight buggies in the early 1990’s. Similar to wind surfing or land yachting, buggies are classified as “Class 8 Land Yachts” and competitions are often based on established land yachting guidelines.
The geometry and measurements of a buggy’s frame determine what kind of activities it is best suited for, and as a result, it is always recommendable to talk with knowledgeable professionals before purchasing one or putting it to use. In general longer buggies provide greater stability on a straight line whereas the shorter buggies are more nimble for cornering or maneuvering. And, of course, a wider rear axle will make it more resistant against toppling over.
Obviously, as a kit buggy can reach speeds in excess of 50 mile per hour, there are safety concerns to be considered. Kite buggying and similar traction kite activities are classified as extreme sports. Wind is unpredictable and this is the source of power and determines direction. The advanced pilot will always have this in mind. For obvious reasons it is recommended to start small and with light winds. The first step should be to learn control techniques including braking, and the selection of a proper helmet as well as protective clothing. Concern should also be given to potential environmental damage, as well as to spectators and property.
A primary cause of accidents is an inexperienced pilot, and a kite that is to large for the wind conditions which can result in skidding or sideways slides which can result in complete loss of control. Kites should be small enough to allow the pilot to maintain control that includes turning into the wind to facilitate braking.
Would you like more information about this fun and exciting sport? Stop by Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas, talk with a sales representative, and browse of selection of kite boards as well as the Peter Lynn Rally Kite Buggy.