We don’t have a lot of snow in Namibia, if you haven’t noticed, but a few enterprising winter sport enthusiasts realized that we could, in fact sled down the sand dunes on thin wooden boards. 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. Only at the end of the day to you go down the “big momma slope,” where boarders have been clocked at over 80 km per hour!
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. It is not easy, but it is not particularly dangerous. If you start going too fast all you have to do is fall down. If you are feeling really brave, you can even try the ramp. Even that is relatively safe. Even the writer of this article has tried it and survived, although I didn’t look very pretty tumbling down head over heels down the slope upon landing!
Dune boarding and sandboarding are a lot of fun and really very safe. And it is one of those experiences you just can’t do many places in the world. 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!
by John R Wheeling | Leisure Times Namibia