If you haven’t already noticed, we don’t have a lot of snow in Namibia, but a few enterprising winter sport enthusiasts realized that we could, in fact sled down the sand dunes on thin wooden boards, sandboards, much like you would on a child’s sled. Sandboarding quickly became a national pastime, and a few years later someone got the idea that you could strap a snowboard to your feet and go “dune boarding.”
Beth Sarro is Namibia’s foremost expert on the sport. Beth has all the goods, lie down boards, stand up boards, a beatnick style combi, and all of the safety equipment required to do the job properly.
Beth is so well known among tour guides and activity providers that she even has her own sand dune named after her. “Beth’s Dune” is huge! Naturally that’s why she chose it as her primary spot. The biggest dune face is reserved for the stand up boards, and the lie down boards have several routes to choose from.
Anyone can ride down on the flat boards. Even if you find yourself going too fast, you can just dig your feet into the sand for brakes. Standing up is tougher. It takes a good day on the dunes to get the hang of it. If you are feeling really brave, you can try to the ramp. Our crack investigative team has tried the ramp several times without the benefit of experience or any particular degree of skill. Although none have managed to stay on their feet very long, no one was hurt and much fun was had by all.
At the end of the day, it is time to go down the “big momma slope,” where boarders have been clocked at over 80 km per hour! Dune boarding is another experience you can’t do many places in the world, and Beth is Namibia’s foremost expert. She has all the equipment, experience, and staff to insure you have a fun, safe, experience on some of the highest dunes in the world!