SANDBOARDING COMES OF AGE
Like many, you may consider sandboarding to be the "latest"
in board sports. In a sense it is new and still relatively unknown. However,
sandboarding certainly is not as "late" as the word might imply.
Dune Riders International, (the governing body for sandboarding), provides
accounts of ancient Egyptians and other cultures sliding down golden dunes
of sand on planks of hardened pottery and wood. If this is accurate one
begins to view the slopes of the pyramids and consider the possibilities.
Rare yet still present B&W photographs of upright sandboarding date even
as early as World War II.
influenced by the surf board, boards of every sort were soon to follow.
The sandboard, like it�s cousin the snowboard, made sense to many and
found a permanent place in our efforts. Pieces of cardboard, car hoods,
snow discs, old surfboards and water skis lent themselves to the quest
for another 20 years. Through the 60's sandboarding began to gain momentum
through surfers and skateboarders who found that riding the dune was not
only challenging but was also great fun. Shaping wooden boards specifically
for the sand was a natural and primitive boards were then ridden like
a skate or surf board, naturally.
By the mid 1970's sandboarding had been introduced in a number of publications,
ads and television sports segments thanks largely to the efforts of sandboard
pioneers, Jack Smith, (to those of you who know your skate history this
is the same man), along with the stylish riding of Gary Fluitt. But sandboarding
was not to take its place at this time, no... snowboards quickly became
the rage and abruptly pushed sandboards onto the back burner for another
12 years. Snow resorts were already operating with full facilities to
cater to the masses. The ski industry and others were more than willing
to offer a new twist to a proven past time and greatly boost revenues.
And snow, like surf, was available at a good number of locations world
wide. Snowboarding raced ahead.
A passion for the dunes continued to burned for those who preferred to
ride sand over snow? One such person was Sandboard Magazine�s publisher,
Lon Beale. During the spring of �73 Lon was introduced to sandboarding
through a friend who migrated to the Mojave Desert, (home to many sand
dunes). "A board that would glide over sand! I was fascinated and
had to know everything I could find out about it," relates Lon with
a smile, "The quest had begun."
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