Marc ten Brink
1. Your Name, nickname, (race number if applicable)and country
Marc ten Brink, M1, H2, Holland
2. How did your involvement in this sport begin?
First sailed a lot with a boat,then Windsurfing and after that started with kiting back in 1991 with Hawks doing jumps en skidding through grass,bushes. Used only 50 M lines for proper force then skipped to Flexifoils en Peels and a huge Force 10 kite which hummed like a B52. Started buggying in 1993 and there was no one to teach me, no internet also the only guidance was Peels boats and something else written by Peter Lynn. Soon I discovered that spoked wheels on my Lynnbuggy were very grippy and made my first OBE making too tight corners. Luckily a friend of mine working in a kiteshop decided to go buggying also so we taught ourselves. After this we decided to go to Fano and meet other buggiers & Peter Lynn which was a real eye-opener.
3. Where is your local buggy location, and where is your favourite location and why?
My local buggylocation is a half hour drive near a little town with grass and tarmacroads were we hang out (almost)every weekend. My favorite location is Les Hemmes France, huge beach very good for speedtrials.
4. How many buggies have you had and what types?
Several P.Lynn Buggies first the spoked wheels version,then the skwheel version, another one, Bigfootbuggy, Librefullrace,BBSBooster, BBSConcept and finally a Taskin Protask (former H300 buggy)
5. What are your favourite moments in this sport and why?
I have quite a few special moments, meeting Peter Lynn starting with buggyraces in Holland,Germany,Danmark and Belgium. Doing RedBullraces three times in Borkum, rode on almost every beach in Holland including the islands, but the best was in the beginning with friends in Oostvoorne near Rotterdam in the nineties.
6. What are your greatest achievements in this sport, tell us the stories behind them?
Doing buggymegatrain in Fano with Crazy Pealteam and driving, Eurocup in Fano with gales 11 bft and a hurricane, tandembuggying with friends, twowheelbuggying invented by Alp en finally icebugying went several times and this year first time on two skates which was a real treat.
7. What is your favourite and least favourite manoeuvre and why?
My favorite is driving as fast as possible and then skid over tarmac making squeeknoises with the bigfoots, leaving burned rubber. My least favorite is doing upwingturns with a overpowered kite standing on the steps.
8. If you could give any advice to an average buggier to take them to the top level, what would the advice be, and why?
Life is simple; monkey see, monkey do and practise a lot to get confident
9. Tell us about the scariest situation you have ever been in when buggying?
Driving Jojo RS kites the first time in a race on Borkum thinking a Jojo 5 is the same as a Peel 5 and each corner expecting you get a huge OBE.
10. Over the years, you have used many different types of kites, which kites do you rate as your favourite makes, and why?
I have had Peels, Competitions, Jojo RS, Jojo RM, JOjoRM+, Cquads, and finally Spirits and Vapors. Handling+performance are the last two my favorites.
11. What is left in the sport that you want to achieve?
Don’t know really, main thing is have fun and relax and get yer Ya ya’s out in a buggy the sky is the limit I suppose..
12. Who do you believe are the top three pilots in your chosen sport?
P.Lynn P.Lynn and P.Lynn of course otherwise we wouldn’t be here right now
13. Anything else you would like to add
I still laugh seeing younger guys starting in a buggy trying to copy what they see and doing the weirdest tricks not knowing how and why and still being enthousiastic about it, it’s a addictive sport I guess?