Largely similar to snowboarding, sand boarding is the art of standing with two feet locked onto a thin tensile board and sliding or carving arcs down a dune.
The best part about sandboarding is that it is easy to learn while having tons of fun. It is a very accessible, four-season activity that does not require a huge investment in cold-weather gear - all you need are boots, bindings and a board.
Sandboarding in South Africa is fast becoming widely accepted as a mainstream sport. There’s a growing number of adrenaline junkies who gladly spend hours on end hiking up endless sand dunes, and then board down at incredible speeds.
For racing down the dunes, snowboards with a specialised base are used. The base is a lamination, which becomes even more slippery the more you ride it.
There are so many awesome places to enjoy the thrills of sand boarding in South Africa. Our beaches are gorgeous and so many are home to the most beautiful and awesome sand dunes that growing numbers enjoy conquering with their sand boards.
Hook up with one of the many recognised sandboarding operators you will find wherever high dunes line the South African landscape. There are a number of places that stand out above the rest though, either because they cater for both beginner and expert, or just for the sheer size of the mountainous dunes:Western Cape
Atlantis on the West Coast, which is approximately a 45 minute drive away from Cape Town, offers dunes of all shapes and sizes ranging from mild to wild, a great place for both beginner and expert. And on the East Coast, Betty’s Bay
which is approximately an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town, offers some of the largest dunes in South Africa.
* Contact Downhill Adventures on Tel: +27 (0)21 422 0388 or Fax: +27 (0)86 657 0255. Downhill Adventures is the pioneer of sandboarding in Africa and helped it grow to become the exhilarating activity it is today. Downhill Adventures offers full day and half day sandboard trips. They include all equipment, expert instructors, transport to and from the dunes and a lot of fun!Eastern Cape
From Jeffreys Bay
it’s a ten minute drive to the dunes of Aston Bay. A perfect location on the beach for both beginner and the more advanced riders. There is safe parking close to the dunes and an amazing beach restaurant for lunch or dinner. This is a good spot for those with a limited amount of time.
For those based in Port Elizabeth
who don’t wish to drive through to Jeffreys Bay, try out the Maitland Mouth Dunes. Or for longer, faster slopes, there are the awesome Gamtoos river mouth sand dunes. Or why not try a couple of different locations around the Bay of St.Francis
* Contact Aloe Africa Adventures on Tel: +27 (0) 42 296 2563 or +27 (0)72 237 7422Inland
Stuck in Johannesburg but would love to sandboard? Contact PureRush on Tel: +27 (0)82 605 1150 or Fax: +27 (0)11 918 2379What to bring
Sunscreen and sun hat or cap, thick socks, and a sense of fun.