Sand skiing

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Skiing in the Sahara

Sand skiing (occasionally sand-skiing) is a sport and form of skiing in which the skier rides down a sand dune or strides across a beach on skis. It is practised in many sandy areas, including Sossusvlei, Namibia and Peru,[1] along with other boardsports such as sandboarding. Sand skiing equipment includes a pair of skis with a laminate base and wax that needs to be applied to reduce friction from the sand.[2]

Henrik May, a German living in Namibia for some 10 years, set a Guinness World Record in speed sand-skiing on 6 June 2010. He reached a speed of 92.12 km/h.[3][4]

Competitions over the years have included:

  • International Sand Ski Tournament in Florida held from 1949-1951[5]
  • World Sand Skiing Championships held at Redondo Beach, CA[6]
  • Nevada Sand Mountain GS Championship[7]
  • international European championships in sand skiing held regularly on Monte Kaolino since 2007

In 2018, Fayoum University held a sand skiing event in Fayoum with students from around Egypt joining in on the fun.[8]

History[edit]

Egypt 1939

Skiing on sand has been reported before 1920 in Germany,[9] [10] in 1927 Sahara[11] and throughout the 1930s in

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunes (2016) short video
  2. ^ "Sand Skiing: The Latest Sand Sport Fad". Sand-boarding.com. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Fastest sand skiing". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  4. ^ "The Namibian". www.namibian.com.na. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  5. ^ Brown, Canter Jr. (2005) None Can Have Richer Memories: Polk County, Florida, 1940-2000 University of Tampa Press ISBN 9781879852365 pg 78
  6. ^ "California never calls it quits" Ski 1980 v44 #7:19
  7. ^ Dorworth, Dick (1983) "The Dune Goons" Ski v47 #7:22,24
  8. ^ Abdullah, Michelle (8 December 2018). "بمشاركة 720 طالبا.. مهرجان للتزحلق على الرمال للجامعات في الفيوم". El Watan News (in Arabic). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  9. ^ Hearst News No 51 (1919) newsreel
  10. ^ Ski Lesson photo
  11. ^ Blumenfeld, Jeff (2021) "Skiers Will Ski on Anything -- Especially Sand" Skiing History v33 #2:20-22
  12. ^ "Sand Dunes Skiing is Colorado Sport" Washington Times 7 Jan 1931 pg 4
  13. ^ Bradley, Edwin M. (2009) Ski Pilots (1931) The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926-1931 McFarland ISBN 9780786443192 pg 295
  14. ^ "French May Use Skis in Sahara Sand Hills" White Bluffs Spokesman pg 2
  15. ^ Sand Skiing! Over and Under ‘Down Under’ (1934) newsreel
  16. ^ "Just Can't Wait for Winter" D.C. Evening Star pg A-3
  17. ^ Sundberg, Steve website, photo of Sand skiing, Shirahama Beach
  18. ^ Azallion, Nancy (1968) "Who Said It Couldn't Be Done ..." Skiing v20 #6:36
  19. ^ Conniff, Cal & Allen, E. John B. (2006) Skiing in Massachusetts Arcadia ISBN 9780738545790 pg 34
  20. ^ Quirky: Ski Jumping On Sand At Long Island (1938) newsreel segment
  21. ^ Woman Skiing Sand photo
  22. ^ Grantland Rice Sportlight: Death Valley Thrills (1939) short film
  23. ^ Cinetopicalities in Brief No. 65 (1939) newsreel segment

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