A ‘blokart’ is officially “a one-person cart, with three wheels and a sail, that rides on the beach by means of wind propulsion”.
The cart is equipped with a seating area low to the ground, so that the weight is well distributed and the center of gravity is low. This ensures that one does not fall over immediately when the sail catches wind, which is a plus…
The mast, to which the sail is attached, is in the middle of the blokart. This is actually the most important part of the blokart; after all, without a sail, no wind and consequently no movement.
The Blokart was designed in New Zealand in 1999 by Paul Beckett. Contrary to popular belief, the name of the activity is blokarting, not blowkarting. In 2007, more than 6,000 blokarts had already been sold.
Blokarting cannot be organised everywhere, as there must be a lot of space to make turns, and to create and maintain speed. Because of this, it can only be done on wide plains. This makes the beach a very suitable location. Blokarting is often referred to as ‘sand yachting’ for a reason.
Not every beach is suitable for blokarting. Wijk aan Zee, IJmuiden and Texel, have been designated by the municipalities as official blokart locations. There is plenty of space on these beaches, in contrast to, for example, the beaches of Zandvoort or Scheveningen. Blokarting is therefore not allowed here.
Are there any risks with blokarting?
Blokarting is not dangerous, provided it is practiced under the supervision of experienced instructors and of course all safety rules must be observed. The instructors on the beach give a clear explanation of how the blokart works, how the cart should be steered and how it can be brought to a standstill. In addition, attention is paid to the operation of the sail and the set course. Then you can get in and race on the beach yourself!