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! 🙂

It’s a bit like swimming the channel 8 days after the first time in a pool…

Things have been mad hectic here. From running around hardware shops to buy spring washers to stop the buggy wheels falling off, to setting up our SPOT GPS (like our facebook page to track us), training with no wind, losing and then finding bolts again (thanks for the spares Oxford Bearings!), pumping our tyres with Ultraseal anti-puncture sealant and seating the bead (thanks Graham at GM Tyres!)… the list goes on.

But, things are definitely starting to come together. Which is lucky because we’re leaving in 4 days!

Onto the subject of this post…I caught Harry up and had my first lesson with Kevin and his daughter Ashleigh at SB Kites in Poole last Sunday.

This may seem mad, to only start kite buggying 8 days before we leave for an epic trip. It’s almost like trying to swim the channel, only 8 days after ever jumping in a pool. Certainly it seemed rather daunting to me, especially with the wind blowing offshore at force 4 and gusting to force 5 or 6.  However Kevin allayed these fears, teaching me first how the kite works, and then where the safety mechanisms are, and what they do. Then he hooked himself up, and showed me a couple of maneuvers he wanted me to practice. Kite high up in the window (zenith apparently!), then to the right (2 o’clock), then the left (10 o’clock). Controlling the kite between these two points.

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Mad Way South and other inspiring journeys

As well as conversations with the various characters who have given us their time, advice and support, there have been a few other adventures in recent years which have been a source of inspiration for us, making us realise that our idea is at least possible! Perhaps you’ll find them inspiring too…

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So kite buggying is just about sitting back in your seat and cruising along eh? Not quite. You’re in a heavy buggy with a month’s worth of gear strapped to it, and all the power to get you moving has to be channelled through your arms and legs to drive the buggy along.

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Why kite buggy 1000km in Brazil?

Good question! At first we simply wanted to do some travelling, but what began as a simple bit of backpacking has developed into a much more exciting challenge.

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