Slowride. Take it easy.

We’ve now missed two ski/snowboard seasons and we’re starting to get withdrawal symptoms. What’s a person to do in the desert?

Sandboard!

For about $1.50 USD you can rent what’s basically a piece of wood and a little wax. The bindings are just nylon straps and don’t bind, and if you’re a kid, well, you’re only hope is just to sit on the thing and point down.

Sand isn’t as slippery as snow, so unless you use a lot of wax, you don’t go anywhere. Even then, the wax comes off in a few seconds and you slow to a crawl. Forget carving.

The hike back to the top of the sand dune is a killer. When you are done, there is sand everywhere. Even after shaking out our clothes, both Bode and I had an entire pocketful of sand. Oh, to endure the heat, you have to wait until 5pm to go. Even at 9:15am, the sand was too hot to walk up.

But, since this is as close as we’re going to get to riding a board for a few months, we’ll take it!

 

We now have missed two snowboard seasons, and we’re starting to get withdrawal symptoms. What’s a person to do in the desert?

Sandboard!

 

For about $1.50 you can rent what’s basically a piece of wood and a little wax. The bindings don’t bind, and if you’re a kid, well, you’re only hope is just to sit on the thing and point down.

Sand isn’t as slippery as snow, so unless you use a lot of wax, you don’t go anywhere. Even then, the wax comes off in a few seconds and you slow to a crawl. Forget carving. The hike back to the top of the sand dune is a killer. When you are done, there is sand everywhere. Even after shaking out our clothes, both Bode and I had an entire pocketful of sand. Oh, to endure the heat, you have to wait until 5pm to go. Even at 9:15am, the sand was too hot to walk up.

But, since this is as close as we’re going to get to riding a board for a few months, it was still fun!

 

4 thoughts on “Slowride. Take it easy.

  • April 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM
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    We’ve got a 155″ base here in Whitefish still… yesterday was knee deep. Still… I think I’d rather be sand boarding in some heat at this point. Long winter. You guys are heading into winter… or are you gonna u-turn and do an endless summer thing? πŸ™‚

  • April 6, 2011 at 8:42 PM
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    Hola – ok, for some reason, Bode looks so much older in the 2nd photo, w/ the board walking up the dune…& Angela, I must say – nice form – the only thing missing is a cold one (cerveza, that is, not snow). Miss you much – please let me know when you think you might be back in Tx!! Cheers & here’s to no sand getting in your underwear!

    Laura

  • April 7, 2011 at 10:28 AM
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    I now have had this song in my head since the post. Which is awesome. And makes me think of Dazed and Confused, which is awesome. Which makes me think of Austin which is Awesome… Thanks!!!

  • April 14, 2011 at 3:45 AM
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    Money well spent! Pretty creative entrepreneur whoever was renting out the boards.

    Love your adventures!

    Thanks!

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