We headed to the familiar dunes of Sealine. After finding a dune to our liking, the duo kitted up and walked up the dune with their sandboards for their first run. It took a couple of runs for the duo to get it right but then they were soon slaloming their way down. To put things into perspective, when some of us inexperienced ones tried it, it took some time to even get our feet into the boards at the top of the dune. It’s a tricky bit because you have to sit down on the slippery sand and strap your feet onto the board – while both the board and your body want to slide down. And then as soon as you stand up, your body hurtles down. Let’s just say that the initial runs saw our bodies ‘interact’ with a lot of sand. Not ‘that’ much of a problem for the pros. “The experience was amazing. The feeling of sliding down on the dunes is very cool. I really enjoyed it and despite not having done
it before, I improved a lot in the few hours,” said Monica.
“It’s so fulfilling a feeling. I could not get enough with it. Though the uphill climb was a very energy-demanding task, you forget all about it once you start to glide and carve downhill on those dunes,” said Bruce. The walk up the dunes is quite exhausting indeed. “It’s tough because getting to the to the top of the dune is hard work. You take a lots of minutes to get to the top and just seconds to get to the bottom,” Monica said with a laugh. For both our professionals, used to gliding on a different surface, a few initial adjustments were required, before they could settle into a rhythm. “In surfing or longboarding, your feet are free to move on the board. In sandboarding your feet are strapped onto the board. This was challenging for me at first because I am used to moving my feet around to help me balance and perform maneuvers,” explained Bruce.
“The weight distribution in sandboarding is different from surfing or longboarding. I discovered that one shouldn’t lean too much on your front foot – not unless you want to land face first on the sand and also eat some of it. I learned it the hard way,” he added with a smile. For Monica too, it was a similar learning curve – not the sand-eating part though. “Honestly before I did my first run, I thought it’s going to be easy. I thought it will be similar to wakeboarding or snowboarding. But I can tell you it’s not. The position on the board is different too. Sandboarding is harder but less dangerous because the speeds that you can reach here are quite less as compared to wakeboarding. You could say it’s similar to snowboarding because the sensation is almost the same. But I have to say it’s more difficult to manage on the sand than on the snow.”