Ilocos Sandboarding


There was mixed martial arts, then there was parasailing, there was wakeboarding and banana boat rides. If it was not involved in man to man combat, it surely had something to do with water sports. Extreme sports enthusiasts, tourists, adventurers, locals and plain bored people alike are looking for something in common, that is a breath of fresh air, the need for something new. Now, whoever thought sand would be good for anything else but building sand castles, for construction material purposes or for spa use. Introducing sandboarding, a definite must try when you find your way up north and another good reason to visit Ilocos Norte.

Sandboarding is exactly like snowboarding sans the snow. The only difference aside from where you do the activity is that there are no lifts to take you back to the top of the sand dunes. It truly is a workout in itself. The weak of heart need not despair though, if you find the climb too strenuous and extremely inconvenient, there is always the all-terrain vehicle or dune buggy to do the job. For those who find sandboarding a life threatening experience, a fun alternative is a ride on the ATV or dune buggy down the dunes. You get a similar feel of a roller coaster ride without the loops.

Ilocos Norte Sandboarding

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Nobody can truly pinpoint how and where sandboarding originated or who its inventor was but many believe it has been in existence since the Egyptian times and has evolved with time to what it is today. Sandboarding has been a popular board sport worldwide especially in countries such as Australia, Namibia, Egypt, in the United States as well as in South Africa and America, Central America and across Europe. It is however relatively new to the Philippines and is slowly gaining recognition

The LEAD (Laoag Eco-Adventure Development) Movement first introduced sandboarding in the Philippines in 2009. The eighty five square kilometer span at the La Paz Sand Dunes is truly a sight to behold and unique to Ilocos Norte. February 11, 2012, LEAD Movement first-ever sandboarding competition in the Philippines, Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes

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