Sandboarding in Africa

Sandboarding is still an emerging sport in Africa, so there's plenty of room for personal discovery. The vast, arid plains of the Sahara and the deserts of Namibia and South Africa offer some of the best sandboarding in the world. These huge deserts are made up of dunes that are…

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Dune skiing in Algeria
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. Below, a list of interesting facts about the sport and art of surfing down desert sand slopes, and all the information you need to get started with this new (or perhaps ancient?) action sport…

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Sand Dune Skiing in the Sahara Desert
Sand Skiing in the Sahara. Photo courtesy of Arndem.

History Proves Skiers Will Ski on Anything—Especially Sand

Lack of snow doesn’t slow true believers. by Jeff Blumenfeld. Skiing History. Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Sand Skiing in the Sahara. Photo courtesy of Arndem. Snow is unquestionably top of the heap for sliding. Not to get all Poindexter on you, but skis slide easily thanks to a very thin…

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

Sandboarding in Namibia: Swakopmund and Walvis Bay

The deserts of Namibia are 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, especially on the dunes near Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, whereas the dunes…

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Sandboarding History - Egyptians skiing on sand in 1939s
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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Man sand skiing
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. In…

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