Sandsports: fun recreational activities for desert and beach

sandy regions and deserts across the world. Whether on a hot summer day at the beach or travelling in the Sahara, from extreme boardsports like sand dune surfing and dune bashing to the more exotic camel riding or simply playing a fun game of beach volleyball, there's plenty of fun to be had at the dunes.

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Risks of sandboarding and sand sledding

As far as extreme boardsports go, sandboarding is quite safe — but it doesn't come without risks. Most boards don't reach quite the same speed sliding on sand dunes as they would on snow, and most people don't get any serious injuries from sandboarding even if they fall during their…

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Sandboarding tips for beginners

Sandboarding is a fun, exciting sport that also happens to take place in breathtaking landscapes, from the coastal views of South America to the immense sand seas of the Sahara desert in Africa. While exciting, if you don't plan ahead, you could end up spending more time on your backside…

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5 Reasons You Should Try Sand Boarding

Sand boarding is a relatively recent action sport similar to snowboarding, except practiced on sand dunes. This sport is growing in popularity in different parts of the world, including the US, Peru, Australia and the UAE, and we believe that with the increase of desertification and impacts of global warming…

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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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Sand Sledding / Tobogganing on sand dunes
Sand dune sledding. Photo courtesy of Patrick Myers. CC.BY.2

Sand dune sledding and sand tobogganing

Sledding on sand dunes is one of the most popular recreational activities on sand dunes, next to sandboarding. It consists of either lying on a piece of board face down or sitting on it while gliding down a sand dune. Sleds and toboggans for beach and desert dunes are built…

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