I’ve always wanted to surf, but my immense fear of drowning has been enough to keep me from taking the plunge.
So the next best thing, it seems, is sandboarding. It replaces towering waves with imposing sand dunes, wetsuits with shorts and t-shirts, and surfboards with sandboards. Sandboarding requires a great deal of practice, and like with surfing, you should expect to take a more than a few tumbles while you’re learning (and may get some nasty sand-burn on your knees and elbows). Still, it’s better than running into a great white shark.
Even if you fall (multiple times), it’s worth the adrenaline rush of tearing down a steep sand slope surrounded by miles of desert. The trick, however, is finding the right dune. From Colorado to Australia, these are the seven best places in the world to go sandboarding.