What skis can you use on sand dunes?
Sand skiing in Algeria. Photo courtesy of Olivier Lepetit.

What skis can you use on sand dunes?

More and more people are becoming interested in sand skiing, but this niche sport is still at its infancy and the technology supporting it is still not very advanced. Most people who practiced skiing on sand dunes use a regular pair of skis with a handful of sandboard wax, although…

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Facts and Figures about Sandboarding

You have heard about sandboarding but not sure if that's a thing? We got you covered. Here's some interesting facts about the art and practice of surfing down desert sand slopes, and all the information you need to get started with this new (or perhaps ancient?) action sport. What Sandboarding…

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Sports of the future: climate change and the faith of winter sports
Sandboarding in Anna Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Photo courtesy of REVOLT.

Sports of the future: climate change and the faith of winter sports

The sports industry worldwide faces major disruption due to the effects of global warming in the next decades, according to recent studies. Snowsports such as snowboarding, downhill skiing and sledding are likely to be most affected by climate change due to temperatures rising and glaciers shrinking in size. Nearly one…

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Sandboarding Competitions

Sandboarding and sand-skiing competitions have been a thing for as long as the sport has been popularized back in the 90s. Events have been organized in many parts of the world, prevalently in the US and South America, although the world championship of sandboarding used to be held in Germany…

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Sandboarding in Germany

You may be surprised to find out that Germany is one of the top sandboarding destinations in Europe - and the one where the Sandboarding World Championship is held every year. The reason for this? Germany is home to the world's only sandskiing facility! The so-called "Monte Kaolino" dune near…

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Sandboarding in Namibia
Sandboarding in Namibia. Photo courtesy of Luke Price

Sandboarding in Namibia

The Namibian desert is home to some of the highest sand dunes in the entire world and in the region of Erongo sports like sand surfing and dune skiing have gained much popularity amongst locals and tourists, while the dunes of Sossuvlei are favorited by desert hikers and climbers. ⚠️…

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History and Origins of Sandboarding
Sand Skiing in Egypt 1939. Unknown author.

History and Origins of Sandboarding

Sandboarding as we know it gained popularity in the early 2000s and is today widely practiced in many locations worldwide, but the origins of this sport may date back thousands of years. It is unclear exactly who first invented sandboarding, with some claiming that people in Ancient Egypt would use…

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Sand-skiing: the latest sandsport fad
Sand-skiing. Photo courtesy of Martin GH.

Sand-skiing: the latest sandsport fad

If sandboarding is somewhat already established - or at least, widely practiced - as a sport, sand skiing could very well become the next big thing after Swedish olympic freeskiers Jesper Tjäder and Emma Dahlström filmed themselves with a GoPro while skiing down Cerro Blanco, Peru's tallest sand dune.  As…

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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 niche…

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