Duneboarding, also known as sandboarding or sand surfing, is a recreational activity that involves riding down or across sand dunes using a board. It is similar to snowboarding or skateboarding but takes place on sand instead of snow or pavement.


The sport typically takes place in desert regions or coastal areas with large sand dunes. Duneboarding can be done on various types of dunes, including coastal dunes near beaches, desert dunes, or even artificial dunes created for the purpose of the sport.

The equipment used in duneboarding includes a specialized board designed for sand, similar to a snowboard or a skateboard but often with modifications to enhance performance on sand. These boards are usually made of laminated wood, fiberglass, or other lightweight materials that can handle the abrasive nature of sand.

To duneboard, participants usually hike or climb up the sand dune to reach the desired starting point. Once at the top, they position themselves on the board, usually with their feet strapped in, and begin the descent. Riders can choose to ride down the dune in a standing position, similar to snowboarding, or in a seated or lying position, similar to sledging.


Controlling the board on sand requires different techniques compared to other board sports. Riders use their body weight and balance to steer, carve, and control speed. Similar to snowboarding, shifting weight to the back of the board can help slow down, while leaning forward can increase speed. Riders can also use their feet or hands to help steer and maintain balance.

Duneboarding can be a thrilling and adventurous activity, offering a unique way to experience the beauty of sand dunes and the exhilaration of sliding down their slopes. It is important to note that duneboarding, like any action sport, carries inherent risks, and appropriate safety gear such as helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads should be worn to minimize the chances of injuries.