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Sandboarding is a boardsport and extreme sport, similar to snowboarding.  It involves riding across or down a sand dune while standing on a board, either with both feet strapped in or while standing loose, without bindings.   Sandboarding can also be practised sitting down or lying on the belly or the back.  It’s fun and a great way to learn snowboarding before you go to the snow.  The more you ride, the more slippery it becomes on the sandboards, due to the specialized lamination base that is used.   Control of the board and the speed you travel, is relatively easy to master by turning, stopping and jumping.  It is an adrenaline rich adventure sport which has gained a lot of popularity among locals and tourists. It’s also another option when surf is poor.

Individual travelers head out on a day trip to some of the highest dunes in the Cape.  Daily departures (weather dependant) are available and traveling time is only about an hour from Cape Town.  Special group departures can be arranged.

Popular myth says that sandboarding originated in Ancient Egypt where the kings of Egypt used to slide down the sand dunes on thin pieces of wood or hardened clay. Brazil is also claiming the creative sport.  So far there’s no clear winner.

Get some tips on how to sandboard before heading out to the dunes.  See some of our other adventure activities here

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