Sand skiing

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Sand skiing (occasionally sand-skiing) is a sport and form of skiing in which the skier rides down a sand dune on skis, using ski poles, as done with other types of skiing, which is practised on either snow, dry ski slopes, or roller skis. It has origins mainly in Namibia, where boardsport sandboarding can also be practised. 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.[1][2] It is also widespread in Peru, where sandboarding is also present. Sand skiing equipment includes a pair of skis with a laminate base and wax that needs to be applied to reduce friction with sand.[3]

In 2018, Fayoum University held a sand skiing event in Fayoum with students from around Egypt joining in on the fun.[4]


  1. ^ "Fastest sand skiing". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  2. ^ "The Namibian". Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  3. ^ "Sand Skiing: The Latest Sand Sport Fad". Retrieved 30 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Abdullah, Michelle (8 December 2018). "بمشاركة 720 طالبا.. مهرجان للتزحلق على الرمال للجامعات في الفيوم". El Watan News (in Arabic). Retrieved 11 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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