Just Dune It
Sandboarding used to be snowboarding's slow-footed cousin. Then came Formica. Fused to a snowboard's underside, the Depression-era plastic makes sand as slide-friendly as champagne powder and has dryriders moving at Olympic-downhill speeds. "In theory you can ride the new boards up to 100 miles an hour," says Lon Beale, who publishes an on-line magazine at www.sandboard.com. " Picabo Street tried one and said it felt like she was going 80." Riders can play Picabo at venues from Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach, Calif., where sanders charge down a 180-foot hill, to China's Taklimakan Desert, where the dunes can be 1,000 feet high. "I can see the day when ski resorts dump a couple of tons of silica on their hills," says Beale, "and run the lifts all summer."