Sand Surfing FAQs

Can you surf on sand?

Sand surfing (or sandboarding) is definitely a thing. Special sand surfing boards are built in a way that minimizes friction with sand with the aid of wax, allowing for smooth rides on desert and beach dunes. Sand dune surfing is growing in popularity worldwide, but especially in desert locations across the US, South America, the UAE and Australia.

What is sand sledding?

Sand sledding is an activity that involves the use of sleds to go down sand dunes while sitting or laying down on your belly, similarly to bodyboarding. Sand sleds, also called bumsleds or sand toboggans, are usually made of the same material as sandboards but smaller and wider in size.

What is sandboard wax?

Sandboard wax is a fat-based substance meant to reduce friction between your sand surfing board and the terrain. It needs to be applied to the base of your board before every ride. Most sandboard waxes are made of paraffin or beeswax with the addition of various scents.

Is sand surfing fun?

Sand surfing can be an incredibly fun and enjoyable experience, even for beginners. The location, quality of the board, waxing procedure, weather and terrain conditions all contribute to how enjoyable a ride can be. Very steep and tall dunes are the most fun to slide, but they are also require the most effort in terms of hiking. This can be addressed by combining sandboarding with a quad bike or dune buggy tour which will help you to reach the top of a dune.

Is sand surfing easy?

Sand surfing is not difficult if you have proper equipment and wax your board thoroughly. A good quality sandboard, sandboarding wax and dry environmental condition are essential for a smooth and fast ride. For beginners, it is also recommended to start with sand sledding since sitting or laying down on your belly is easier than standing up.

Is sand surfing dangerous?

Sandboarding is not very dangerous, but as any extreme sport, it comes with some risks – adequate sandboard clothing and safety precautions need to be taken. There have been reports of people getting hurt or even dying from sandboarding, usually due to hitting an object during a ride or because of pre-existing heart conditions. Always check with a doctor before practicing any extreme sports and wear protective gear such as helmets if you are sliding down a very high dune or mountain.

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