DBBB NEWS and Updates

Apr 07, 2018

Hosting - End of Service: Final Notice
Hosting for this site will end April 30. The site owner should contact Mad Moose Studio to obtain a copy of the site files. No further notice will be given. http://www.madmoosestudio.com/contactfm.html

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Jan 19, 2017

Hosting - End of Service
Hosting for this site will soon be discontinued. The site owner should contact Mad Moose Studio as soon as possible. http://www.madmoosestudio.com/contactfm.html

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Nov 22, 2015

Phenomenal Weather On Tap
The mid-week forecast for Galveston Island looks great. Onshore breezes with high temps in the 70's.

Tuesday - Considerable cloudiness. High 71F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Partly cloudy after midnight. Low near 65F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday - Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 73F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday - Scattered clouds with the possibility of an isolated thunderstorm developing during the afternoon. High near 75F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Thursday Night - Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 68F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Friday - Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High 74F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday Night - Cloudy with occasional light rain. Low 57F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

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Nov 08, 2015

2015 is a go!
Welcome to Dead Bird 2015. SLP will be main gathering site this year and the location of Thanksgiving meals. The weather is setting up to be phenomenal during the week. Onshore winds and temperatures in the 70's.

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Sep 30, 2014

Welcome 2014
I would like to welcome you to dead bird 2014. This year the dead bird team had to make a hard decision to move the event from east beach to slp. East beach now has a bird sanctuary on part of the beach we buggy on and kites and buggys are not allowed in that area. Please join us on the other end of the island and fly kites and buggy in the sand. All we ask of you is to register for the event so we have a count on how many birds to cook and also that you bring something to add to the meal. It can be just about anything. After flying on the beach everyone is hungry and we will eat just about anything. See you on the beach.

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Sep 25, 2013

Dead Bird 2013
Welcome to dead bird 2013. Time to start thinking about kite buggy fun in the Texas sun. Please register for the event so we can get a good count of those who plan to attend and also start thinking about what side dish you are going to bring. More to come.

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Nov 25, 2012

Another great event
The dead bird team would like to thank VTT Buggys (Van) for providing the turkeys for dead bird. They were a big hit. The other food was great too. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves with the wonderful feast on the beach. Until next year.

The dead bird team.

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Sep 17, 2012

Dead Bird 2012
Welcome to dead bird 2012. Time to start thinking about what you are going to bring for the feast on thanksgiving day. If you plan on attending please register. We will gather on east beach so come and join us.

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Nov 08, 2011

Pre-event bbq sponsors
This year Blokart Headquarters and BlokartTexas will be sponsoring the pre-event bbq. This will be taking place on Sunday Nov. 20. Please be sure and register if you plan on attending. See you there.


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Oct 12, 2011

Special Guest: Peter Lynn himself
World famous kite designer, inventor and traveler Peter Lynn will be a special guest at DBBB this year thanks to a little coaxing from Jeff Howard and help from Kiteboarding.com


Toss in a bevy of old kite friends from far away places and this will not be a year to miss. We're working on additional lodging options if you're not a camper. And stay tuned for more surprises.

Galveston is the place to be this Thanksgiving.

Chris Shultz

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Sep 29, 2011

Event dedicated to AJ's memory
Since we just lost our dear friend AJ the event is going to be dedicated to his memory. Below is what Steve has to say about him. If you have something you want to say just send me an e-mail. kitemaker4@hotmail.com

AJ was the more dedicated to the kiting sport than anyone I knew. Where ever he lived and what ever he did for work, it had to fit in with his kiting. I remember reading his posts admiring how much he would fly and how much fun he would have doing it. At one NABX event I he clocked over 600 miles and at another he did 68mph with a 6M twin skin on a small buggy. At San Luis Pass he would ride his buggy to the edge of the water and grab his board and start kite surfing in one seamless action, leaving his buggy at the water's edge.

Knowing that he died doing what he loved with somehow makes it easier to bear the loss, but he will still be missed.

We will not forget you.


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Sep 21, 2011

Welcome to Dead Bird 2011

We would like to welcome you to Dead Bird 2011. This year the main event and the pre-event will be on East Beach since they still do not allow camping at the pass. Please register if you plan on attending. We need to have a head count to make sure there is enough turkey for everyone. All we ask if you plan on attending is that you bring some type of covered dish to add to the thanksgiving meal. So dust off your kites, buggys and boards and get ready to have some Texas sand between your toes. See ya on the beach.

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Nov 05, 2010

Maiking some changes
We are making some changes to the event this year. The city of Galveston is not allowing camping out at slp so the pre-event has been moved to east beach. Come and join us at east beach for the pre-event and the event.


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Oct 31, 2010

What's in a name?
When you hear the term Dead Bird Buggy Bash, what does that say to you?

Once upon a time I was an honorary Texan living in Austin. During the Thanksgiving Holidays, instead of coming home to North Carolina's Outer Banks to spend time with family, the wife and I would join our second family along the Gulf Coast in Galveston where we would fly kites, socialize, and celebrate the holiday.

Our second family was a group of kite and wind traction enthusiasts that brought Thanksgiving to the beach. They named it Dead Bird Buggy Bash (DBBB). No, it wasn't for the expired shorebirds you might see along the roads or beach. It was for the turkeys. This was the first place I had ever seen anyone deep fry a turkey. A whole turkey. Several, in fact...

Always a feast. Not only the moistest turkey you could put in your mouth, but hams, brisket, gulf shrimp, a mess of fixin's and sides, plus cobbler cooked in a dutch oven.

Everyone brings something to share and the group chips in for the turkeys. It's a warm, welcoming Texan environment that makes you feel right at home.

The beaches on each end of Galveston Island are large and mostly hard pack, making it perfect for landboards, kite buggys and land sailors.

I was at another event recently and the topic of DBBB was raised. It was during these conversations I realized that most people had no idea that "dead bird" was a dysphemism for turkey. One individual had attended DBBB a couple times before they realized the connection.

Now they know...and so do you.

After a two-year hiatus I look forward to returning this year. Hope to see you there.

Chris Shultz

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Sep 01, 2010

Welcome to dead bird 2010
I would like to welcome everyone to dead bird 2010. Looks like the oil spill is not going to effect Galveston and now all we have to worry about is this years storm season which is starting to heart up. Please register if you plan on attending. It does not cost anything and we just need a head count for the feast on thanksgiving day.

See ya on the beach.

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Aug 19, 2009

Dead Bird 2009
Welcome to dead bird 2009. A lot has changed on the island this past year since Galveston was hit by a storm. Last year most everyone camped on the beach and this year there will be no problem with finding a hotel room.

We will start out with the pre-event on the west end of the island at slp and then move to east beach for the main event.

Come and join us.


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Oct 15, 2008

Dead bird 08 is on
I just wanted to welcome everyone to dead bird 08. As of right now it will be a camping event. There may be hotel/motels on Galveston that will open before the event but as of now the island does not have rooms avaliable. AJ says there are roooms on the maiinland. We will start out on SLP (west end) for the pre-event and then move to East beach for the main event. So if you have camping gear come and join us on the beach.

Susan (npw goddess)

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Nov 15, 2007

DBBB Pre-event: Time to Buggy
With nearly six dozen riders and guests signed up for DDDB, this year looks to be one of the largest turn outs on record. Riders from as far away as New York, Virginia, Washington State, and Nevada will participate. This pre-event weekend a vanguard of wind junkies will return to the vast beaches of San Luis Pass (SLP) on the west end of Galveston Island to start the festivities and get their fix. The weather forcast looks good! If you can't make it out this time, please join us for Thanksgiving weekend. Ride safe!

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Oct 22, 2007

'Action Jackson' rides the rails at the 2007 Niagara International Kite Festival last month. See this and other amazing animal tricks out at this years Dead Bird Buggy Bash!


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Aug 30, 2007

Welcome to DBBB 07
It's that time again to come on down and buggy in Galveston on what we think is the best beach in Texas. The beach is in great shape and by Novermber it will be cooler. Everyone is welcome no matter your skill level. There is plenty of room for all. So come and join us for Thanksgiving on the beach.


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Apr 25, 2007

Cinco De Mayo
Join us on the beaches of SLP (San Luis Pass) May 5 & 6th as we help celebrate Mexican Independence Day with kites, food and fun. Come as you are and bring some food or snacks to share.


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Nov 28, 2006

Dead Bird 2006 Review
For those who did not attend you missed a great event. The weather was great the whole week and we had wind every day. There were plenty of familiar faces and some new ones too. We had everything from kite buggys, kite atb boarders, kite surfers, single line kites, dual line kites and blokarts so all in all a very diverse crowd. The food was the best part on Thanksgiving. There is something about frying up turkey and ham on the beach to make you hungry.

I would like to send out a very special thank you to all the sponsors for their donations and also everyone else that helped out in any way to make this event happen. Mark you calendar for next year and see you on the beach.


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Nov 26, 2006

Fantastic weather brings big fun
Imagine daytime highs in the mid 70s and night time lows in 60s. And somebody remembered to put coins in the wind machine. Dead Bird Buggy Bash 2006 was blessed with perfect wind and weather. Onshore breezes keep East Beach swinging with buggies, land boards, kite surfing, land sailing in Blowcarts and all sorts of sport kites and single line displays. Friday was picture perfect - SSE winds 10-15 allowing runs up and down the beach with ease. Saturday's winds were a little more SE and prevented those long runs. But as the winds crept up to a steady 15 mph in the afternoon, a long line of buggies and Blowcarts cruised the flats. Circuit runs made for fast paced excitement. A huge turn out with lots of spectators enjoying the show.

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Nov 20, 2006

Pre-Event Weekend
The fun has begun! Dozens of wind junkies arrived on Galveston island this weekend. Most played at SLP on Saturday. The wind shifted out of the North, so camp was moved to East Beach on Sunday. This is where the kites can be found throughout the rest of the week. Thanks to Terry and Linda for all the GREAT bbq they prepared. Come join us!


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Oct 27, 2006

Factory reps from New Tech & HQ Kites
Be on the look out for Chris Shultz and the gang from New Tech Kites along with Tim Baxmeyer from HQ Kites providing lessons and giving you a chance to test their latest products. Look for their feather banners out on East Beach.


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Oct 04, 2006

The Blokarts are coming
Hello all. I just wanted to let yall know that Blowkart Texas will have extra blowkarts for rent this year. So if you are intrested see Terry Crumpler.

There is still time to register so please do and come on down to the beach.


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Aug 30, 2006

Dead Bird 2006
Welcome to dead bird 2006. It looks to be another great event. If you plan on attending please register. It does not cost anything and by doing so we can get an accurate count so we know how much food to prepare.

We still have some merchandise from last year so check out the store and see what's there. Also in the store you can sponsor a turkey. This is a great way for you to contribute to the event if you are coming from out of town.

This years menu for turkey day will be the traditional feast on the beach. There is no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with your buggy family on the beach. Please bring a covered dish, dessert and or vegetable platter to add to the feast.

Keep checking the web site for updates and see you on the beach.

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Nov 21, 2005

Pre-event Happenings
The annual DBBB Pre-event happened this past weekend. Many folks had already started arriving on Galveston island the week before in anticipation of the DBBB and the SLPBR group wanted to get together the weekend before to firm up plans and do a little socializing before the masses hit East Beach.

Attendees for the pre-event included Neil Brady and family, Pat & Tracy Burke, Terry & Linda Crumpler, Dave Dickerson, the John Boyz from Oklahoma, AJ, Rick & Sarah McGaffey, McDuffy & Jan O’Bannon, Susan Orgeron & Brad Rex from Louisianna, Glenn Pedro & Jason Robbins from New Jersey and Philadelphia, Kathy Nixon, Walt Mitchell & family from Lubbuck, Chris & Katy Shultz from Austin, TX, Sparky, Mark & Steve from Houston, Janice, Charles and Alexandra Huckabee and Claxton Thompson from Florida. And last, but not least our very own “late arrival man” Joe Irby.

The weekend started out with the usual “Irby’s not here yet” pool. Everyone is invited to pick a time Joe might arrive and place a bet of $1 or more. This years pool was won by Chris and Katy Shultz with the winning time of 3:00PM. Joe surprised everyone arriving by 4PM on Saturday afternoon. He arrived just in time for dinner!

Some special arrivals were Jason and Glenn from the northeast part of the world. Two fun guys no matter where they turn up! A very special return this year is Mark, Steve and Winnie! Mark’s back on the beach with us after 2 years in Iraq! Our camp dawgs, Caddo, Winnie, Lilly and Shelby were out and about sniffing for food and smiling for back rubs! Claxton made the most fashionable arrival showing up in a suit and tie, but quickly changed and threw his kite up into the wind.

Camping was in force Saturday morning as campers pulled up and anchored into the sand and tents popped up here and there. Dave always sets up a welcoming common area complete with tables, chairs and a fire pit. Janice diligently kept the home fires burning the whole weekend with wood supplied by Rick and Sarah. Nobody cooks wood like Janice! There were Frisbees floating, shells collected, Texas Tech stomping OU, banners posted and single line kites flying and a whole lot of laughter and great conversation!

Everyone was treated to a scrumptious barbeque Saturday that slow cooked all day on Dave’s trusty grill. The menu included Texas barbequed ribs and brisket, potato salad, beans and jalapeno cornbread. After dinner everyone gathered around the fire to watch a glorious Texas sunset.

It poured buckets of rain on our party late Saturday night and the hotel contingent arrived to hard packed sand and a migas breakfast prepared by the Huckabees Sunday morning. As the gang dried out by the fire the wind picked up foils and sails popped up over the horizon flying up and down the strand.

In between buggying and sailing Joe prepared his famous Dutch oven cobbler and Dave heated up leftovers for a late lunch. You will never go hungry with this crowd. They feed you extra especially well at every event!

The day ended with huge gusts of wind and as we drove off into another beautiful sunset leaving behind our good friends on the beach we knew when we returned Wednesday night for the DBBB that there would be more of the same good times to come.

See all of you Wednesday!!!

Katy Shultz

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Nov 01, 2005

Great dbbb Raffle
What? Raffle to help retire Mike Dooley's legal bills.

Quad lines and Handles from Ozone Windzup
New 4.5m Little Devil from Blokart Texas
Like new 4m JOJO RM from Glenn Pedro

How much? $5 a ticket. Only 200 tickets will be sold.

Where and when? The drawing will be held at the dbbb event in Galveston sometime during the last weekend, probably Saturday afternoon. There will be tickets drawn for each of the 5 items offered.

Who? Claxton will be selling the tickets at the event until he has to go visit his Mom. Susan will be selling them after that.

For those not attending there is still time to send a check to Claxton in a self addressed stamped envelope to:

Care of: Claxton Thompson
1916 Castle Bay Ct.
Oldsmar, FL 34677

You can also make a Paypal payment directly to the NABX registration fund at: registration@nabx.net . Make sure to mark the payment with "MDLDF".

Email claxton@nabx.net if you need more info.

Why? Because we love Mikey. He did a great thing by sticking up for our right to buggy the beaches. The least we can do is help take the sting out of paying his legal bills.

Thanks, and see you on the beach!

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Sep 25, 2005

dbbb is a GO!
Action Jackson under authority of Homeland Security drove the Galveston beaches at a high rate of speed today to ensure they met the strict guidelines set out by the DBBB Safety Committee. He's pleased to report he was able to traverse virtually all beaches without spilling his Red Bull Energy Drink. "Smooth, Wide, and Hardpacked" AJ reported. Two thumbs up!

See ya'll on the beach soon!

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Aug 31, 2005

This site is an oxymoron!
Not to be confused with aoxomoxoa, though hopefully it has some of that too.

When Dick Bell saw the potential of buggying in Galveston eleven years ago there were a whopping nine buggiers in Texas and Oklahoma. From that initial informal gathering Thanksgiving '94 sprang an event that has attracted as many as 120 fellow buggiers worldwide to the annual event. Dick and friends had such a great time they "made a pact that it would remain un-organized, we remind each other from time to time, when it gets just a little too organized."

Well here we are in '05. The event remains strong thanks to all the folks that also see in Galveston/DBBB what Dick saw back in '94, who volunteer their time to insure it continues on. One thing that has changed since the early days is how people communicate. Today most have computers where we can send email, instant messages, and build websites paying hommage to our favorite activities. Through this new style of communication the word gets out worldwide and our little circle of friends suddenly becomes part of the whole world wide web!

Now the very existence of this website that enables us to stay in touch, reach out, and convert new friends to buggying, also nudges us more towards the "organized". In fact, this new website is the result of several "organizing" type people. Thus the Oxymoron. We have strived hard throughout this website building experience to capture and remain true to the original vision to keep this a laid back, un-organized, free, non-profit, non-event.

Hopefully you all will agree we didn't go too far.

Good winds!

PS Thanks Bob. You Rock!

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Aug 22, 2005

Welcome to the new DBBB website
A great event deserves it own site and domain! We are pleased to give the Dead Bird Buggy Bash a permanent presence on the world wide web. A BIG thank you to Bob Childs at Mad Moose Studio. Without his help, it is unlikely you would be reading this right now. Dave Dickerson has been instrumental in making this a reality. Our goal is to make information about traction kiting in and around the Galveston coast readily available so all may enjoy it. A special thanks to Troy Gunn for providing this service in the past. Buggy on!
Chris Shultz

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