Want to Get Your Fill of Adventure? Try Surfing Sand Dunes a.k.a Sandboarding
Summer’s coming, and what’s the perfect way to have an epic adventure? Try sandboarding. Never heard of it? Don’t worry, in this article we’ve got you covered and soon enough, you’ll be surfing the dunes.
So, what exactly IS sandboarding? Well, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: boarding on the sand. While you could use snowboards or skateboard decks for this activity, there are special sandboards that work best for sandboarding or “sandsurfing”.
The best part about this hobby is that you don’t even need to be an experienced boarder or surfer to get started. All it takes is some coordination and a willingness to fall down every once in a while…and the grit to get back up.The excitement of this activity is undeniable, with speeds of up to 51 mph reported by top athletes.
Sandboarding is a sport that’s been around for quite a while, even though it’s not as well known as it’s counterparts like surfing or snowboarding. It’s believed that sandboarding has been around since the 1st century and created by those living in desert regions. There is no official inventor of the sport, although it gained popularity in Brazil during the 20th century. You can thank inpatient surfers for bringing sandboarding to the forefront of boardsports!
If This Sounds Like Fun to You, Here’s What You’ll Need to Get Started:
If you have any experience with snowboarding equipment, you will be familiar with the components needed for sandboarding.
Sandboards are made specifically for sandboarding and perform best. However, it’s normal if you are just starting out and already have surfboard or skateboard deck to try your hand at this different extreme sport.
Next, you’ll want to bring sunscreen, and clothes that fit the weather of the area you’ll be sandboarding in. After that, it’s up to personal preference if you want to wear gloves and elbow pads.
What’s left to do? Grab your board and phone and find the closest sand dune (or sandboarding area) and start practicing!
Sandboarding: Where To Go
We know you’re wondering where to go in sandboarding, so we’ve made a list of the best places to do it. By the end of this article, you’ll be packing your sandboard and heading out to one of these destinations!
- Big Red, located just north of Dubai, is easily accessible and well-known. It’s the city’s largest sand dune, giving it the ideal location for desert sports and breathtaking landscapes. This dune, located near Al Badayer, is especially popular on weekends for dune bashing, quad riding, and sandboarding.
- Egypt’s Great Sea of Sand offers some of the greatest sandboarding in the world. However, this is not a place for beginners, and since it is so remote, only the most dedicated sand boarders visit. It’s one of the world’s biggest dune fields, borders Egypt and Libya and has some of the world’s biggest documented dunes.
- Germany’s Monte Kaolino it’s a is a sand dune near Hirschau, Bavaria, Germany. It is made up of 35,000,000 tons of sand, which has been produced as a byproduct of kaolinite manufacture over the years (a mineral with many uses, from the production of paper to medical supplies). Monte Kaolino is also home to the Sandboarding World Championships are held here.
- The Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado are the highest in North America, with some dunes rising more than 700 feet. Snowmelt from the two mountain ranges that enclose the park forms the wide and shallow Medano Creek in the spring and summer months, giving Great Sand Dunes the appearance of a reverse beach. When the afternoon wind and rainstorms arrive, rent a sandboard or sand sled nearby for an easy journey down the dunes.
The Sand Master Jam
If being a spectator is more your thing, there are plenty of options for that as well. There are several events all over the world where you may witness the competition. One of these events is the Sand Master Jam.
The Sand Master Jam is the world’s longest-running sandboarding tournament. This event is completely free to watch It is held each year in Florence, Oregon, and has different levels of competitions, from beginner to professional.
Ready to try it for yourself? Sandboarding requires little equipment and is something nearly everyone can do, and is a great excuse to travel to different parts of the world to experience something new.
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