I arrived on Wednesday around 1 PM. The weather report called for clouds in the morning (as you can tell here), clearing, winds 15 to 25 mph (35 mph gusts), breezy. Breezy? Oh yes it was. Dave here is getting ready to take a class on buggy racing.
These early afternoon shots were taken under cloud cover. Note how little shadow there is under the buggy. That's why the photos appear flat.
A sharp looking HQ Apex 5 meter.
Careful wrapping of your tools is essential.
This Blast was launched in very strong winds and immediately busted 2 of the vertical spars.
Son and father enjoying the lake bed together. That is very cool.
And the wind meter says, "Too much wind."
There were many GoPro cameras on helmets. Looks like this helmet has 2 cameras.
Peter Lynn foil.
This is the standard pose for holding a foil. Sort of apronish.
The HQ tent undergoes some strong wind deflections. The clouds are receding to the East.
I could use a lot of help with names here people.
4 supervisors and 1 worker.
Kind enough to open the foil for me.
I didn't even notice the duct tape window when I took this picture.
A smart buggier is a protected buggier.
Tako means kite in Japanese.
There is lots of line on the lake bed during NABX.
Randy Klein from Albuquerque, NM. I know this because his nameplate is in the frame.
Buggiers are about 99% male as a group. Each male buggier is 100% male as an individual.
Dave's other flag.
So if you turn your back to the wind to protect your face and camera, the little, tiny bits of dry lake bed will hit the back of your legs really hard.
Fortunately, these dust storms would only last a minute or so.
Starting the build of the jump ramp. You will see it progress through the photos.
This is the buggy that Brian Holgate used to set a new "World Kite Buggy Speed Record" of 84.10 mph. Sadly, Brian wasn't out when I was today. There is a video here: http://popeyethewelder.com/world-buggying-records/world-kite-buggy-speed-record-holder-brian-holgate-usa
This is Ryan's buggy. It is being towed back in after a 2 buggy crash out on the playa. Ryan is bruised, but nothing is broken. More photos later on in this album.
Not the foil he was using to buggy.
Many custom parts on this land sailer.
Crashes can occur even out here.
This is Ryan. I read on the NABX Forum that he is bruised and in pain, but nothing is broken. That's good news.
Head immobilized as a precaution.
This guy must be a rapper/buggier.
Chip Brown and his dad attend to their land sailer.
I love the guy's shirt.
Unusual dual-cupping wind indicator.
Fred had the coolest sunglasses/goggles.
Working on his stance.
Ooops. Overexposed. And I didn't take an insurance shot. Sorry guys.
Origami foil design.
I didn't get to take any photos of Kieron's amazing Calvin & Hobbes foils, as he was out on a very long run. I did take this picture of his super custom video setup.
Power Blast 4-8 by Revolution. The framed kite is more efficient than the foils, but less forgiving.
Chris Shultz of HQ getting ready for another buggy run.
That's a lot of foils.
Your put your right foot in...
Ooohh, there goes my favorite helmet.
Buggy with trailer.
I should get a small cute dog.
Lenka going for that low center of gravity.
This guy was really good with a foil and buggy.
Sorry for the blur buddy. You were pushing too fast for me.
Are you done playing with your tricycle?
All the way from San Francisco. Of course, many came from other countries.
Ahhh to be young and indestructible.
Denise and CeCe (names courtesy of Carlos Fandango)
The green tube is used to mark the location of a very unforgiving steel spike in the ground. Do not bump into the spikes. You will lose.
Dodd Gross with camera in place.
Jose Sainz with his fringed and disco ball buggy and helmet. This is also the land sailer with the 3 tails off the back end of the sail.
Rob Vreeland (Ace Photographer) has a new toy for which he chose all the components and then put together. It currently carries a GoPro, but Rob has bigger plans as this baby can lift 10 pounds, fly out 2 miles and return, and enough fail safes for even an uber-geek. If you ever need any really nice photos of your pet, look Rob up at: http://www.murphydogstudios.com/ I wonder what was in the shot glass....
The super-modded helicopter has built in fail safe GPS and will rise to 20 feet (maybe meters), return to its launch point and land if it ever loses its control signal source. The unit also has live video feedback through goggles, so the controller is viewing what the camera sees. Oh yeah baby. Rob does everything full on.
I know. This photo dosen't even look real, but it is. Full frame lucky shot with only minor touch up in Adobe Elements.
While I would attempt to keep my buggy on the ground, there are many who want to get airborne, at least for a few seconds.
Chris Shultz flying a Montana VII 9 sqm foil. That's a lot of foil for the serious winds Lake Ivanpah was experiencing.
Dean Jordan using a Mark Potter scooter to stay mobile. Dean is wearing a leg brace in the photo.
Jose Sainz letting his colors fly.
Prototype foil under evaluation.
Corey Jensen (Mayor of buggytown)
From left to right: Joshua, Dino Arias (DAKITEZ) & Mike Reedy (Big Mikes Kites). (Info provided by Mike)
Taking a picture of their shadows.
A fed buggier, is a happy buggier.