Snowboards and other boards you may (not) use on sand dunes
Man skateboarding on sand. Photo courtesy of Ilya Melnichenko.

Snowboards and other boards you may (not) use on sand dunes

Sandboarding may be increasing in popularity, but it is still a niche sport compared to its other, more popular “boarding” siblings. That said, before modern technology made it possible to manufacture boards specifically for sandy terrains, many people would rely on their snowboard or surfboard to slide down desert dunes……

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What is sandboarding and how does it work?
Sandsurfing in the Sahara desert. Photo courtesy of Sandra Kaas.

What is sandboarding and how does it work?

Sandboarding (sometimes also referred to as sand surfing or dune boarding) is an extreme sport similar to snowboarding which is practiced on sand dunes rather than snow. A special board, called a sandboard, is used to ski on sandy terrains, although sand slates are also sometimes used. While still relatively…

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