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Tom Mulligan Pushing the Limits Again

My deepest apologies for arriving late to the party! Tom uploaded this groundbreaking video in July 2022, and unbelievably, I’ve only just stumbled upon this masterpiece. Tom, aka RedSkyHorizon, has always been a trailblazer in the world of kite buggying, especially when it comes to squeezing every last mph from his kite and buggy. His incredible videos have captivated and inspired us all.

I’ve had the privilege of knowing Tom for many years. He is the proud owner of the legendary Dominator 4 kite buggy, the last buggy I meticulously crafted for myself. No one was more thrilled than I was when Tom took the reins and pushed it to its ultimate limits. His collection of beautiful buggies is awe-inspiring, and in this video, he showcases his Sysmic S3 kite buggy, crafted from aerospace-grade aluminum—a true marvel of engineering.

Tom, thank you for consistently raising the bar and for being a beacon of inspiration to generations of kite buggiers. Your passion, dedication, and relentless pursuit of excellence continue to elevate our sport to new heights.

https://www.buggykiteshop.com/buggy/sysmic-s3/sysmic-s3-a.html

https://www.youtube.com/@RedSkyHorizon

Barry Sims Kite Buggying / Videographer

I stumbled upon Barry’s videos on Facebook and was instantly hooked by how they perfectly capture the exhilarating spirit of kite buggying. With 2 1/2 years of buggying under his belt, Barry’s passion shines through every clip. You can join his thrilling journey by watching Barry’s Short Story Movie Video featured in this article and dive deeper into the adventure on his channel, BuggyRider TV.

Barry was telling me about his Youtube Channel Buggy Rider TV

Over 40 videos now on there (June24). I usualy shoot at either Kempsey Kite Club in Wocester or Ainsdale Beach where Ainsdale Wind on Wheels are based. I flick between the two.

On my channel I try and get a video up every other week depending on wind of course. You will see on that channel videos from Kempsey, Ainsdale, Hoylake and even Brancaster Beach. I have been shooting a couple of years now.

The gear I use now includes GoPro, Insta360 and most recently the DJI AVATA 2. I always take time to get the editing right. For a 3 or 4 min video its probably a day of footage and another 4 or 5 hours editing.

Its a very niche sport but the channel is growing slowly. Most of my videos now get a few hundred views. The short story is just about to touch 1900 views.

Here is Barrys latest video

Popeyethewelder and the kite buggying community extend their warmest wishes to Barry, hoping for his continued success and growth in the exciting world of kite buggying. Barry’s dedication to capturing the thrill and beauty of this incredible sport has been an inspiration to many. His videos not only showcase his personal journey but also highlight the vibrant spirit of the kite buggying community. We eagerly look forward to seeing more of his adventurous escapades and artistic creations, knowing that his passion will continue to elevate the sport and bring joy to enthusiasts around the world.

There’s a new kid in the Elite Club

photo Jed Simon Jason

Huge congratulations to Dirk Hemza, also known as Screwyfits or Screwy Dye Jobs, for achieving a remarkable speed of 65.5mph (105.41km/h) at the recent IBX 2024 event held at the Ivanpah Lake bed in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California, on the border of California and Nevada.

Dirk, who has been kite buggying for as long as I can recall, is not only a talented kite buggier, but also one of the kindest individuals you could hope to meet. I had the privilege of meeting him and his father Dwane at Ivanpah back in 2011, his skills as a kite buggy builder is truly impressive.

Seeing Dirk join the Elite 100km/h club fills me with immense joy, especially witnessing him not just entering but exceeding expectations with a remarkable personal best jump, increasing his speed by over 5mph to reach 65.50mph.

The Fastest Kite Buggier on Planet Earth

The Fastest Man on the Planet is Brian Holgate. No one expected it; he was nowhere on the radar of being a super-fast kite buggier. Holgate is a top USA kite buggy freestyler. When Brian’s record was announced, the kite buggy world was, quite frankly, in shock. No one could believe it, and many didn’t. Brian faced some flack from the community, but he had the required three dedicated GPS units on the buggy and witnesses. Unfortunately, he lacked video evidence, sparking discussions.

Despite the absence of video footage, the tracking logs from the GPS units were obtained, verifying the time, speeds, and location. Bobby Muse went to the dry lake and confirmed the scrub marks Brian had made at the exact location shown by the logs. This verification process solidified Brian’s achievement as an official record.

At the time, there were 4-5 fast buggiers pushing the envelope to become the fastest. These included Tom Mulligan (Redskyhorizon), Jeroen Potters (Ozzy), Stephan van Bommel, Mano Direx, and Arjen van der Toll (Fast Arie). They risked life and limb, braving extreme winds with tiny kites, resembling wasps on crack—an extremely dangerous endeavor. These buggiers used conventional-looking buggies, unlike Brian, who utilized the purpose-built Peter Lynn Speed Buggy designed for high speeds.

The world record, at 84.10mph, was only slightly ahead of Arjen’s top speed of 82.89mph, making Arjen’s personal best truly remarkable. Brian was confident he could repeat the record and go even faster. A few weeks later, the conditions presented themselves again, and Brian, with his backup crew and the speed buggy equipped with GoPros, ventured out on Ivanpah dry lake. Unfortunately, he didn’t break the record again, but the video evidence captured the challenging conditions—two men struggling to hold the kite in position amid dust billowing from the dry lake bed, making visibility extremely difficult. Brian reached around 76mph until he lost a rear wheel, forcing him to abort the attempt.

In my mind, those who hit 60+mph are elite buggiers, those around 70mph are kite buggy legends, and the two giants who have surpassed 80mph, like Brian Holgate and Arjen van de Toll, are absolute kite buggying superstar gods.

13 Years of Popeyethewelder.com

Welcome to Popeyethewelder.com – Your Ultimate Kite Buggying Bible!

It’s 2024, and we’re thrilled to celebrate 13 Years of Popeyethewelder.com – A Kite Buggying Community Milestone!

Can you believe it? Thirteen years have flown by since we first set sail into the digital winds of Popeyethewelder.com! Since 2011, we’ve proudly served the kite buggying community, and what an incredible journey it has been.

Are you ready to embark on an exhilarating journey into the thrilling world of kite buggying? Look no further, because you’ve just landed at the ultimate destination for kite buggying enthusiasts – Popeyethewelder.com!

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a curious beginner, Popeyethewelder.com is your one-stop hub for everything kite buggying-related. From expert tips, the records, building kite buggies, tricks to breathtaking buggying adventures, we’ve got you covered.

Feel the rush as you navigate our treasure trove of resources, meticulously curated to fuel your passion for this adrenaline-fueled sport. Learn from the best with insights from seasoned veterans, discover the most scenic buggying spots around the globe, and immerse yourself in a community of like-minded thrill-seekers.

But that’s not all – Popeyethewelder.com isn’t just a website; it’s a living, breathing testament to the boundless spirit of kite buggying. Join us as we celebrate the freedom of the wind and the joy of skimming across vast expanses of sand, grass, and dry lake beds with nothing but a kite and a buggy.

From humble beginnings to becoming the go-to hub for kite buggying enthusiasts worldwide, each passing year has been filled with unforgettable adventures, record-breaking moments, and countless connections forged through our shared love of the sport.

But wait, there’s more – Popeyethewelder.com isn’t just about celebrating the achievements of others; it’s about empowering YOU to create your own buggying legacy. Dive into our treasure trove of video tutorials and step-by-step guides, where you’ll discover the secrets to crafting your very own made-to-measure kite buggy.

Whether you’re here to chase records, unleash your creativity in the workshop, or simply immerse yourself in the electrifying world of kite buggying, Popeyethewelder.com is your ultimate destination. Join us as we soar to new heights, one adventure, one record and one DIY project at a time. Welcome home – let the fun begin!

As we mark this milestone, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to YOU – our loyal community members, fellow adrenaline junkies, and DIY enthusiasts – for your unwavering support and passion. It’s your dedication that fuels our mission to inspire, educate, and unite kite buggying enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.

So here’s to 13 years of epic buggying adventures, innovation, and camaraderie. Here’s to the countless memories made and the countless more yet to come. And most importantly, here’s to YOU – the heart and soul of Popeyethewelder.com.

Let’s raise our kites high and toast to the past, present, and future of this incredible community. Thank you for being a part of our journey – here’s to many more years of soaring to new heights together!

All the best Popeyethewelder


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