1000km across Brazil (Two Magazine Features)

Two boys decided to be the first to travel 1000km of Brazil by kite buggy. They were just missing the ability to buggy, fly kites or speak the language.

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“Discourse – From the End of the Line”, the magazine produced by the Drachen foundation, also published our article in their latest issue. Read it here…

Discourse - Kite Buggy Adventure Feature

Radio Interview: Was this expedition for charity, or was it for us?

We answered this question in an interview on BBC Radio York with Jonathon Cowap this morning. Click this link and go to 9 minutes 20 seconds: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00lh72b#synopsis

BBC Radio York Kite Buggy Adventure Interview

If you can’t access iplayer here’s the recording:

We’re also working hard (or to be more accurate, the generous Naomi Garrett at SeeingThroughFilm is) on a video showing video diaries and onboard footage from the adventure. We’ll stick it up on YouTube as soon as it’s done and embed it here…

Three things you need to succeed in an adventure

Second mangrove swamp of the day!

We were trudging through the second mangrove swamp of the day. The mud was sucking at our shoes and layering up on the tyres of each buggy, making them look like flinstones cartoon wheels. Crabs with single giant claws scuttled away from our tramping feet and the midday equatorial sun reflected off the murky swamp waters.

As we tried to work out a route to take along the coast and onto beaches where we could continue to kite, I realised that for an adventure to succeed there are a few questions you should ask yourself.

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Onboard footage from the kite buggy adventure

This video shows several clips from the Video VBOX mounted on Harry’s buggy, showing our accident with a power line at the end of the video…

The gauge you can see on the video is a graphic overlay, which takes GPS data to show accurate speed. Its embedded on the footage at the same time as the video is recorded. The map and g force (and any other gps info you like) work the same way. You set up a ‘scene’ in the Video VBOX software with the graphics where you want them, place the gps antenna and cameras on the car (or kite buggy in this case) and off you go!

The gear that got us here

The gear that got us here!

I remember pondering (whilst flying along at a VBOX registered 40mph!) how phenomenal the kites and buggies we have been using are.

Hitting a small beach stream at 40mph (screenshot from Video VBOX)

Hitting a small beach stream at 40mph (screenshot from Video VBOX)

You can point the buggies at anything you choose; almost no terrain is impossible. On one day, we kited across four deep rivers. The largest was around 40m wide. We have bounced over sand dunes, pounded across rock hard sand, and broken through hard vegetation. Having the PLK Outlaw buggies has provided us with the confidence that anything terrain is possible.

Navigating through rocks and sea with the outlaw buggy and ozone kite

Navigating through rocks and sea with the outlaw buggy and ozone kite

Not satisfied with the kite surfer versus kite buggy race we would love to have a race with a 4×4 over an off-road course. Having spoken to a local all terrain vehicle driver we think it would be close – especially without luggage and with more skilled pilots than ourselves!

The Ozone kites have also been brilliant. It is amazing that the kites are so easy to control – enabling us to do an expedition of this magnitude with no kiting experience. They have kept us on our toes but still provided stability over difficult terrain and turbulent wind conditions.

So there you go – we picked the correct sponsors! :)