Ever heard of sandboarding? The little brother of surfing is gaining more and more popularity. But instead of waiting for the big wave you can also travel to one of the following places, where sandboarding is celebrated:
1. Stockton Bight Dunes – Australia
Luckily it is not just the Australian coast that is full of surf spots, but also the vast area in the center of the continent, where there is mostly desert. That’s also where you can find the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, which are one of the most popular destinations for sandboarders and are only one hour away from Sydney.
2. Cerro Negro – León, Nicaragua
Cerro Negro in Nicaragua got its name thanks to a unique characteristic: Its peak is covered in black ash because it is actually an active (caution!) volcano, which last erupted in 1999. Nonetheless it has become a hotspot for sandboarders because of its extraordinary landscape. A lot of them wear elbow and knee protection because the surface is more coarse than sand – but it still is an intense experience as you can see in the video below:
3. Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve – Mosca, Colorado, U.S.A.
In the southern part of Colorado you can find the Great Sand Dunes National Park, where visitors are allowed to sandboard anywhere there is no vegetation. Due to the strong winds that blow there at night, an unusual landscape has emerged, which is now a popular destination for families and sandboarders alike.
4. Great Sea of Sand – Siwa, Egypt
About an hour outside of Cairo lies the Great Sea of Sand, which is about 650 kilometers long and 300 kilometers wide. With a size like that, it’s not only bigger than Bavaria, Germany’s biggest state – it also has respectively high sand dunes. Some of them are over 100 meters high and are therefore only suitable for professionals!
5. Monte Kaolino – Hirschau, Germany
As one of the only places in Europe where you can do sandboarding, the amusement park Monte Kaolino is every bit as fun as it promises. Only an hour away from Nuremberg you can ride your board down the exact same slope as the professionals do during the Sandboarding Cup that also takes place there. Why not see for yourself:
6. Tottori Sand Dunes – Tottori, Japan
Even though Japan is not particularly known for sandboarding you shouldn’t miss out on the Tottori Sand Dunes in Japan’s biggest sand dune area. Situated at the coast of the Japanese Sea many tourists flock to Japan’s highest sand dunes, especially between April and November!
7. Duna Grande – Ica, Peru
The small town of Huacachina is a whole five-hour bus ride away from Lima but the trip to the oasis in the middle of the Peruvian Desert really pays off for sand lovers. For there you can find the biggest sand dune in the world, the Duna Grande, which is also the site of the annual Sandboarding Cup. Here is a little taste of what will await you at this year’s cup: