The definition of ‘blokart’ is: “a one-person cart, with three wheels and a sail, that drives on the beach by means of wind propulsion”.
The cart has a seating area that is low to the ground, which ensures a good distribution of weight and a low center of gravity. As a result, one does not immediately fall over when the sail catches wind, which of course is kind of desirable…
In the middle of the blokart is the mast, to which the sail is attached. The sail is actually the most important part of the blokart; without a sail, no wind is caught, and there would be no movement of the cart.
In 1999, the Blokart was designed in New Zealand by Paul Beckett. So the name of the activity is blokarting, not blowkarting, which is often thought. In 2007 more than 6,000 blokarts had already been sold.
Blokarting can only be done on wide plains, because it takes a lot of space for making turns, and for making and maintaining speed. This makes the beach extremely suitable. The activity is therefore also called sand yachting. Blokarting is not allowed everywhere. Wijk aan Zee and IJmuiden are very good locations for blokarting, and there is also enough space on Texel for this. These locations have therefore been officially designated as blokart locations by the municipalities. However, blokarting is not allowed in Zandvoort or Scheveningen, as the beach there is much too narrow.
Are there any risks attached to blokarting?
Blokarting is harmless, as long as it is done under the guidance of experienced instructors and all safety rules are observed. Our blokart instructors provide a clear explanation of how the blokart works, how to steer, and how the blokart can be brought to a halt. The operation of the sail is also explained, and the set course is discussed. Then you can get in and drive away on the beach!