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Lifestyle

SANDBOARDING

Sandboarding is a board sport similar to snowboarding. This activity takes place on sand dunes. This board sport has adherents throughout the world, most commonly in desert areas or coastal areas with beach dunes. It involves riding across or down a dune while standing with both feet strapped to a board. It is less popular than snowboarding, partly because it is very difficult to build a mechanized ski lift on a sand dune, and so participants generally must walk back up to the top. Alternatively, they may ride a dune buggy or all-terrain vehicle back to the top of the dune. On the other hand, dunes are normally available year-round as opposed to ski resorts, which are usually seasonal.

 

SANDBOARDING CHAMPS!

Josh Tenge, professional sandboarding champion, holds the Guinness Book of World Records entry for the longest-distance back flip at 44′ 10″. Tenge is also a four-time world sandboarding champion and holds three world records. Erik Johnson, a professional snowboarder and sandboarder, holds the Guinness World Record for Speed on a Sandboard at 51 mph (82 km/h). Unofficial speeds of 60 mph (97 km/h) have reportedly been clocked.

 

SANDBOARDING TIPS

• Get a sandboard

• Choose sand dunes or sand hills that are open for recreation.

• Try flat terrain and skating exercises.

• Practice on a small sand hill with very little drop.

• Improve your ability to board on your heels.

• Improve your ability to board on your toes.

• Keep on increasing your skills in different areas.