A kite buggy is a light, purpose-built vehicle powered by a traction kite (power kite). It is single-seated and has one steerable front wheel and two fixed rear wheels. The driver sits in the seat located in the middle of the vehicle and accelerates and slows down by applying steering manoeuvres in coordination with flying manoeuvres of the kite. This activity is called kite buggying. protective clothing, including a safety helmet, is commonly worn as the speed achieved in kite buggies by skilled drivers warrants the need and recommended for all users.
The invention of the kite buggy is generally attributed to peter lynn of new zealand. he built and used the first kite buggies in the early 1990s.
Kite buggying is similar to land yachting, windsurfing or even yachting, and therefore much of its terminology and technique has been adopted from these activities. Kite buggies are classified as “class 8 land yachts ” by fisly (the international land and sandyachting federation) and kite buggying competitions are often based on established land yachting guidelines.
IPKSA runs a National Race Series around the country over the winter months – Sept – May- with the help and permission of local authorities .
There is a Club Class for beginners that runs parallel to the National Series and trainning is provided to “newbies ” at each IPKSA event.
As IPKSA is the recognised National Governing Body for the sport The Irish National Team is selected based on the results of the National series. Pilots on the Irish Team represent Ireland in International competitions and European and World Championships.
Why not try your skills and aim for a place on the Irish Team.