Ailsa Harvey

Imagine snowboarding…on sand! Sandboarding is an extreme sport, very similar to snowboarding, minus one component; the snow. The sport involves riding down, or across, sand dunes whilst standing on a board. It is most popular in desert and coastal areas, where beach dunes are found.
One of the reasons in which sandboarding is not as popular as snowboarding is due to the difficulty in being able to build a ski lift mechanism in the sand. Therefore, dune riders are required to walk up the dunes or use a dune buggy. However, a relatively small sand mountain called Monte Kaolino in Hirschau, Germany is equipped with a lift (the only sand lift in the world). The mountain reaches up to 120m and has hosted many of the annual Sandboarding World Championships.

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