The sandboard basically consists of descending through dunes on a table similar to that used in other sports such as snowboard. Want to know more about this fascinating practice? We give you all the necessary information. And who knows if it ends up becoming one of your favorite hobbies.
Origin of sandboard
The sandboard was born from the frustration of the surfers of Santa Caterina Island, in Brazil, that they couldn't practice their sport on days when there were no waves. Therefore, when sea and weather conditions were not suitable, they were entertained in this way.
However, There are those who point out that their practice has already taken place a decade before, in the 70's, in the United States of America. Regardless of the origin, the truth is that it has become a very popular practice.
Learn all about the practice of sandboardSan Pedro de Atacama - George Antonio Herrera Burgos / Flickr.com
There are two ways to do sandboard: lying on the board or standing. In the first option a polished board is used, which allows speeds of more than 80 km / h to be reached! Meanwhile, the second is somewhat similar to surfing and it is preferable that the descent is made in an area of sand that has a greater firmness.
The most daring can opt for another variant, which consists of sliding clinging to a steering bar attached to a 4 × 4 off-road vehicle. In this way, jumps or stunts can be performed.
Let's opt for one possibility or another, the truth is that one of the biggest attractions of sandboard is to enjoy nature and breathtaking landscapes, while doing sports. Many of them, almost virgin and pollution-free places.
Another point in favor of sandboard It is the fact of being able to meet new people, or to acquire a series of customs and values. And is that for many people it is still a way of life.
Places where you can practice sandboard
There are some places more suitable than others for the practice of sandboard. Some of them are the Great Victoria Desert in Australia; the Cerro Negro, in Nicaragua; or Valizas, in Uruguay. You can also go to Swakopmund, in Namibia; Cape Town, in South Africa; or Florianopolis, in Brazil.Iquique Dunes
Separate mention requires the Dragon Hill, in the city of Iquique, in Chile. It is the largest urban dune in the world, since it has a height of 220 meters from its base. It originated about 20,000 years ago as a result of coastal winds. Its importance is such that it is declared a Sanctuary of Nature.
But In Chile we can find other sites just as recommended. This is the case of the dunes of San Pedro de Atacama, Cerro Medanoso, Cerro Imán and Valle de la Muerte, the dunes of Cocón, or the dune of Roca Roja.
Another country that stands out for its excellent places for sandboard It is Peru. In it are the Huacachina oasis or the Duna Grande, one of the highest in the world thanks to its 920 meters. You can also practice in Cerro Blanco, the Toro Mata dune or the Cerro Marcha dune. Many of them are located in the city of Ica.
Sandboard in SpainMaspalomas Dunes
We have discovered the best places in the world to practice the sport, but it is not necessary to travel so far to start in the sandboard. And is that in Spain we can move, for example to Cabo de Gata, in Almería.
Other suitable sites are the tariffs of Tarifa and Elda, the dunes of Guardamar del Segura, in Alicante; or those of Maspalomas, in Gran Canaria. Therefore, it is about choosing the destination that best suits your preferences.
We hope that after reading these lines you will be encouraged to practice the sandboard. As you may have appreciated, It is a sport that, in addition to fun, allows you to enjoy places of great beauty. And, if you don't dare, at least you know something more of a practice that still goes unnoticed by many people.