There isn’t any officially recognised sandboarding equipment – besides the board itself, that is. Of course, you will need to regularly wax your sand board, but apart from that, you don’t *technically* need anything else. That said, there are some things that you should keep in mind in regards to clothing, footwear and accessories when going sandboarding, and the types of equipment you will need depends highly on the location you will be visiting.
Sandboarding is a casualwear sport, and you definitely do not want to bring anything less than casual on a sandboarding session: everything that you wear will be subject to large amounts of sand, sweat, and extreme weather conditions. Old clothes that you don’t care too much about are actually perfect as they are likely to get ruined and worn out in no time. And if you can, avoid pockets. You’ll thank me later.
How to dress appropriately for sandboarding highly depends on your location, which in most cases will feature the scorching sun, a lot of sand, and not much else. If you are in a desert location, such as the popular Huacachina in Peru, you should opt for breathable, loose-fitting clothing. Because of the heat, you might be tempted to wear as little as possible, but long sleeves and long trousers will protect you both from the sun rays and hot sand in case of a fall. Temperature in the desert also tends to vary greatly within a couple of hours, so it may end up feeling chilly in the mornings and evenings – make sure to plan for that as well!
Can you go sandboarding bare chest?
Some people go sandboarding topless in coastal locations, particularly in Australia. While not wearing a shirt will certainly help you get a tan, it will also hurt like hell if you fall from a tall dune. Overall, we do not recommend sandboarding bare chest. Always wear a shirt when sandboarding in the desert, as you risk the hot sand burning your chest.
It is recommended for sandboarders to wear an old pair of closed-toe tennis shoes and socks whenever you are sliding down a dune. Sandboarding usually involves a lot of hiking and sweating in the sun so you will want to wear something comfy and moisture wicking that can be safely tied onto your board with some type of sandboard bindings.
Can you go sandboarding barefoot?
Yes. If your board is equipped with foot straps, no footwear at all is required when sandboarding. If you are using sandboard bindings, or if you are in a desert location with very hot sand, you will then need to protect your feet by wearing closed toe shoes or boots. We recommend only sandboarding barefoot in beach location with small dunes.
The best types of goggles for sandboarding are dust proof, wind proof and offer protection from UV ray. How much level of protection you need highly depends on the location and types of dunes that you will be riding, but we can highly recommend Scott Recoil goggles for most sand sports and activities in the desert.
Should you wear goggles or glasses when sandboarding?
Eye protection can be a good idea if sandboarding outdoors, to avoid ending up with sand in your eyes as well as for protection from sun. You especially should not underestimate the importance of wearing goggles if you are in a desert with very fine sand or if you are volcanoboarding. Finding yourself with tiny rock particles in your eyes is not fun, trust us.
Other sandboarding gear and accessories
Protecting your mouth and face
While face masks have become somewhat of a trend in 2020 as they can prevent you from catching nasty viruses (please wear one!), sadly they won’t do much about sand. For better protection in the desert, wear a scarf around the bottom half of your face, covering both your nose and mouth, or get your hands on a trendy balaclava.
What else should you bring with you when sandboarding?
While naked sandboarding isn’t too popular of a trend yet (to the best of my knowledge, at least), the rule of thumb is: the less, the better. Everything that you will be wearing or carrying with you will end up being covered in sand, so don’t bring any valuables with you unless you are okay with that.