The idea of using a buggy as a vehicle and a kite for propulsion is simple. But once we started researching what we would need for the trip we realised that even with a minimal approach we would need some serious gear.
Talking to various characters at the Wallop kite festival, we soon realised that everyone had a different idea on what the best sort of kites were to use.
However, having looked at the gear used in other kite expeditions and thought about our particular requirements, we knew one Ozone Access XT and two Ozone Frenzy depower foils each would be perfect for the job.
The outlaw buggy has been designed for expedition use. Generously supplied by Craig Hansen in New Zealand, these buggies withstood the rough terrain of the sahara, so we’re confident that they’ll be more than a match for the beaches and dunes of north east Brazil even without vehicle support.
As we’ll be doing the trip without the aid of vehicles we needed a fair bit of loading space, so the buggies have been fitted with load trays behind the seat and over the rear axle to take the kites and other baggage, and custom bags have been made by BuggyBags.co.uk – Jon and Helen at Buggy Bags are very well known for making really high quality seats, bags, mounts and other accessories for buggying, so we’re lucky to have them onboard!
We’ll be taking very minimal baggage to keep weight and volume down, so most of the weight will be taken up with equipment. Everything will be strapped on the loading racks at the back of each buggy.
Recording the adventure
We’ll be taking two Panasonic FT3 cameras for still photos and HD video. They’re shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof and one of them has been around Africa, so should be able to cope with the conditions better than most!
For ‘onboard’ footage, we’re taking a system that usually only sees the inside of racing cars and strapping it to one of our buggies. Video VBOX, produced by Racelogic, combines a very accurate GPS data logger with the footage from two bullet cameras which will be mounted on the buggy for point of view multi camera video. Our speed and position will be graphically overlaid over the video, which should make for some interesting footage and speed competitions between us!
Video VBOX Lite – GPS data logger and video system
Whether we`re in the kite buggies or on foot, doing more than a marathon every day for three weeks required footwear we can rely on.
Shoes needed to be light and comfortable for walking and running in the heat, yet rugged enough to drive our buggies along through the footpegs and even be used as brakes on the sand at 30mph+!
New Balance all terrain shoes fulfilled these tough requirements in style. One day they might be driving the buggies across dunes, another walking and running along dirt and asphault, and another wading through rivers and mangrove swamps.
If you need comfortable and hard wearing footwear with good grip, you wouldn`t go wrong with a pair of New Balance all terrain shoes.