One of the most spectacular things that you can do in the arid deserts of Dubai is the Desert Safari. The 4-wheel drive flies over the rims of the dunes at such precarious angles that for a moment you feel the jeep will topple over. After the thrill ride, they usually stop and allow novices like me try a hand at Sandboarding. My first attempt at the sport saw me gulp in mouthful of sand; it was a funny sight! They say practice makes perfect, and I’m gonna practice with the Sandviper!
The special conditions on sand need specific equipment, hence this special board. “The front area is wide for more boosts in the sand and gets narrow in the back for aggressive maneuvers. The bottom side is slightly convex from nose to tail for an optimal float angle. The top side is vaulted therefore no sand amasses on the board and transfers more power from the foot to the board by the rampant angle. The foot loops assure an easy step in or out and transmit foothold and control of the board to the driver.” Apparently these loops can be fastened for Goofy or Regular riders.
The board is made out of a laminated foam core and a wooden frame, hence lightweight and has a slight flex. If you are bound to fall into heap often, just like I do, you may damage the board, but no worries the designer assures that you can easily repair the board. The sliding surface which is black PE plastic is fitted on the board like a sock and can be exchanged if worn out due to rubbing.
Desert dunes or beach bunkers, either ways sandboarding can be a lot of fun especially if equipped with the right gear.
Designer: Marc Bischoff