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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

Welcome to – Your Ultimate Kite Buggying Bible!

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

Can you believe it? Thirteen years have flown by since we first set sail into the digital winds of! 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 –!

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a curious beginner, 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 – 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 – 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, 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

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

New Wind Powered Land Speed Record 138.19mph

Congratulations to Team New Zealand

Photo: Emirates Team New Zealand

A new wind-powered land speed world record has been set, smashing a previous record which stood for over 13 years.

Team New Zealand – normally a sailing team – set the new benchmark on its land yacht, named Horonuku, at Lake Gairdner, a long white salt lake in South Australia’s far north.

Pilot Glenn Ashby successfully sailed the team’s wind-powered craft at a speed of 222.4 kilometres per hour on Sunday – in 22 knots of wind.

The time surpasses the standing record of 202.9 kph recorded by Richard Jenkins in the US in March 2009.

“The team and I are obviously buzzing to have sailed Horonuku at a speed faster than anyone has ever before – powered only by the wind,” Ashby said.

“But in saying that, we know Horonuku has a lot more speed in it when we get more wind and better conditions.

“For sure there is a cause for a celebration, but this isn’t the end.

“We know we can go faster, so we plan to.”

Pilot Glenn Ashby said changing wind directions made the attempt difficult.

Before the speed is declared official, it will need to go through a verification process conducted by the international governing body Federation Internationale de Sand et Land Yachting (FISLY).

The team has 48 hours to submit its data to FISLY for the new world record to become ratified.

However, the team had an independent judge on the ground in South Australia to witness and verify the run.

The breakthrough comes after a frustrating few months. It took about 18 months for the team to get to the start line.

Weather conditions, unprecedented rainfall and surface water led to delays in the program.

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Team New Zealand during its first day sailing on Lake Gairdner. The team was also challenged with significant wind direction changes during its attempt over the weekend.

“What originally looked like a good 20-22 knot day all day Saturday ended up not delivering the winds we needed,” Ashby said.

“With rain in the surrounding area, and less wind in the foreseeable forecasts after Sunday, we were running a fine line.

“So, the fact we have managed to thread the needle and do a few record runs is especially satisfying.”

Now that the team has passed the previous record, it is confident Horonuku has the ability go even faster.

They will now take a break and await a perfect forecast to have another run in 2023.

Copyright © 2022, Radio New Zealand


The record was previously held Greenbird on Ivanpah Dry Lake in 2009. It was built by the British engineer Richard Jenkins. Greenbird reached a peak speed of 126.1 mph(202.9 km/h).

Previous 2009 Record


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