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We have some awesome sand dunes here at Wind Warrior Kitesports homeround at Foxton Beach, NZ. I usually ride them with a 6m Access XT in 30 knot winds on my standard barrow wheels, which limits things a wee bit when the wind is lighter. So when Mad Mike rolled up in Foxton a couple of months ago in his Battle Truck I thought I’d better put him to work.
The result was a new Bigfoot Front end, crafted for my Ozone Stealth Buggy to enable me to attack the Dunes with ease without having to be massively powered on a small kite in huge winds like I had been accustomed to in the past. The project reached completion on Easter Weekend so we took the new improved Stealth into the dunes for a light wind test session to ensure Mikes handy work was up to scratch. The result was just what I’d been looking for, a buggy that handled just like my original Stealth, with a bigger footprint to make dune riding more accessible but still with the ability to jump the buggy when I wanted to.
Check out this wee video of our first lightwind test session in the Dunes of the Manawatu River Estuary with Mike on his homebuilt dune machine, and me on the updated Stealth.
We were both flying the Ozone Frenzy FYX. Mike on a 7m and myself on a 9m. The Frenzy rocks for buggy riding of all kinds especially in the dunes. The smooth fast turn rate and the ample depower make riding this sort of terrain effortless and enabled us to easily climb from one dune to the next even in the light winds and the super safe reride system comes in handy for those moments when you just don’t manage to keep it on 3 wheels and become more like a turtle than a jockey….
I ride my 9m in all winds from 8 knots right through to 28. It truly is a one kite quiver and just keeps on giving you more and more as your skill level increases. I love em!
The door is well and truly open to the Dunes now and ill be attacking them more and more as the chill of the winter closes in on us and the consistent North Westerly continues to blast us here on the West Coast of NZ….