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Chances are that you have never heard of blokarting, which is basically land sailing - go-carting but with a sail. Blokarting in Australia is a relatively new sport, and in SA it happens mostly on quiet beaches outside of the Adelaide metropolitan area.
The Adelaide City Council has now permitted the South Australian Blokarting Association to use part of the south parklands for blokarting in Adelaide on specific weekends, and the public are invited to join in the fun.
Blokarting in California (Image: John Steve Stephens)
The free Come and Try blokarting days are being held at the old netball courts on Anzac Highway (near the West Terrace Cemetery) and are fun for all the family. Children as young as ten are able to blokart, and the oldest enthusiast is in his eighties so that means you should be up for it too, right?
The sport is also suitable for disabled people who have upper body capability to use the blokart controls. If you don't have a helmet one will be supplied, but please ensure that you are wearing enclosed footwear for safety reasons if you plan to try blokarting.
If you're not confident in your skills, then some blokarts are able to take a passenger so you can experience the sport without needing to control the craft yourself.
The Seat and Frame Can Use Different Size Blokart Sails
As the blokarts are wind powered there is no carbon footprint or detriment to the environment by land sailing, and when disassembled they easily fit into the boot of a car. Unlike windsurfing and surf skis, you won't even get a dunking if you fall off. Too easy!
Given the unpredictable weather in Adelaide lately, it will be best to be sun smart on the day. Long pants are suggested to avoid getting your legs sunburned, and be sure to bring water and snacks as there is no shop in the immediate vicinity (although it wouldn't surprise me if an enterprising food truck got wind of this and showed up.
The Adelaide City Council has asked that people park on the opposite side of Anzac Highway from the netball courts, so stay safe and avoid a nasty fine. There are toilet facilities nearby in the south parklands, so you could even pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
For more information about blokarting, join the Facebook group and get involved. Currently free blokarting sessions are planned for the south parklands on Sundays February 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20, and May 4 and 11.