Magazine article Sunset

Surf the Dunes

Magazine article Sunset

Surf the Dunes

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Get a whole new perspective on sand in Florence, Oregon

How does sandboarding compare with snowboarding? Being a skier, not a boarder, I couldn't say. But my companion could.

"It's sandier," he said. Indeed.

"Lean back and close your mouth when you fall," was the parting advice from the pro at Sand Master Park in Florence, Oregon, as we headed out for the first time with a board. That, in a nutshell, turned out to be the key to a successful day on the dunes.

You've got to wonder what took so long for sandboarding and a sandboarding park-the world's first-to take off at the central Oregon coast's 40 acres of dunes. A small cadre of boarders all over the world have been sliding down dunes for decades (and humans have been sliding down dunes on their feet for millennia). This site's appeal? It's accessible, with big dunes right off U.S. 101, and a full-service shop that rents, sells, and manufactures sandboards. First-timers can try it on their own; most do. But the park also offers lessons to help you learn to lean. …

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