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Winter fun in Namibia: Sanboarding and " Sledding"

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If geography wasn't your favorite class in high school:
Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa...
And, no, they don't have winter...and most Namibians have probably never seen snow...

But just a few years ago ( 2009 ), the sand dunes of Swakopmund, Namibia became a popular destination for many adventure seekers to try out sandboarding and , what we would call it, sledding (?) :



I don't think I'll be traveling to Namibia any time soon, but I sure hope to make it to Sand Master Park in Florence, Oregon.

Sandboarding The Oregon Coast

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Sand Master Park in Florence, Oregon offers sandboard sales, rentals, and lessons, not to mention the world’s first and only permanent sandboarding park with 40 acres of private sculpted sand dunes.


Sandboarding is similar to snowboarding, but the board is much harder than a snowboard, built out of formica or laminex with special base materials with the bottom of the board often waxed, usually with a paraffin-based sandboard wax, before a run. A boarder can stick bare or bootied feet into slip-on bindings or sport boots and buckle down with snowboard-style bindings.
Not personally tested, I have a hard time comparing sandboarding to snowboarding, but it sure does look like fun !


On the down-side, there are no ski lifts, so participants must walk back to the top of the dune after every run.

This summer, I am planning a trip down to Oregon to give it a try. Also, did you see those buggies ? You can actually rent them out ! So, even if you are not a snowboarder, you can still have a lot a fun there ! If anybody is interested in joining me, leave a comment or send me an email.
Even though Sand Masters rent their own gear, in case you like sandboarding so much that you will want to buy your own board, here is a great board to get you started !!