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has anyone tried sandboarding? it's pretty much snowboarding on dunes from what i've read and watched, but different boards. i'm from california and it's not big here at all. i've tried to find shops that carry sandboards, which are snowboards but with a different base material to ride sand better.

if anyone has tried it... is it as fun as it looks? i'm thinking about either trying to build my own sandboard, or take my beat up snowboard and just go to mojave next week on one of my days off.
 

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Me too....Great Sand Dunes National Park has a 700' descent if you know where to go. I've seen snowboards, skis, sleds, boogie boards, skim boards. Crashes can be epic! Hurts more and sand will sneek into everything. Take some shitty googles and just use what you got to slide on. Waxing is a waste. Go buy some lemon Pledge and spray that on your "base" and wipe it down. Makes that shit slick and it smells good!
 

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I've tried it once, also near Florence, OR, where Snowolf mentions.

I couldn't make it go. It was a couple days after a rain, so the sand was still a bit sticky. When I rented the board, they said conditions weren't optimal, but it was worth a go. (It was the only day I had available.) At the shop they gave me some tips and said snowboarders should do fine -- just remember to put the weight on the back foot.

It was a disaster. Board. would. not. go. I tried steeper and steeper slopes. Still no luck. Or I'd go a little distance then dig the nose in and end up taking a tumble. I tend to spend a lot of my time on a snowboard carving, so I've become used to shifting my weight forward. That approach does not seem to work at all on a sandboard.

When I checked the rental back in it was a different guy, and he said yeah, snowboarders usually have a rough time of it. (So which guy to believe?)

Also I seriously hate sand. Hate it. Other than the sandboarding, I've been to the beach exactly twice in 20-some years. So that part of it was torture for me. Sand got everywhere.
 

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I grew up riding the Eureka Sand Dunes in California. Before snowboard became commonplace we made our own sand boards and sealed them with wax. The beginning of each summer all my friends in Bishop would start getting together to make the fastest sandboards we could come up with. After snowboards were more available I used a Burton Woodie (no edges) for many years. Don't use a board you care about, cheaper the better.

Use some lemony Pledge on the base. Find a steep dune. Drink a lot of beer. Lather, rinse, repeat.
 

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I grew up riding the Eureka Sand Dunes in California. Before snowboard became commonplace we made our own sand boards and sealed them with wax. The beginning of each summer all my friends in Bishop would start getting together to make the fastest sandboards we could come up with. After snowboards were more available I used a Burton Woodie (no edges) for many years. Don't use a board you care about, cheaper the better.

Use some lemony Pledge on the base. Find a steep dune. Drink a lot of beer. Lather, rinse, repeat.
awesome! thank you! can't wait to go out and try it
 

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would a snowboard work good in the sand?
Nope! I have tried this in some sand pits around my area. It was a steep but short run. I barely got going at first, then tried a little drop and as soon as I landed the tomahawking began haha. crazy sticky
 

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Saw some guys doing this at Glamis, it was entertaining watching them catch an edge and crash. I would try it if I had an old junk board.
 

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So I've seen a lot about using lemon pledge to make snowboards more slick in the sand, do you take the wax off the snowboard first before using lemon pledge or do you just put it on over the wax?
 

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In theory i think large grains on top of small grains should make for the best conditions?
the board will roll on the bigger grains like on ball bearings?
 

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Tried it with regular snowboard in the middle east, was pretty steep as well, but the experience was terrible tbh.
 

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I bought a cheap snowboard for this same purpose and it totally failed, same as everyone else's experience I'm seeing here.

Solution that I haven't tried yet but am 99.9% sure will work great: contact adhesive and a sheet of slick Formica on the base. It's essentially the same stuff on the base of actual sandboards. Only thing is, at that point you might as well just go ahead and buy a real sandboard and save yourself all the goofing around...
 
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