Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Sandboarding Bites #8

Sandboarding in the cold can be a good sport too, always keep hydrated because the air's drier and you'll use more energy heating your body.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Beeswax on a Sandboard

Today I took another trip to Merthyr Mawr in the South of Wales, but this time the weather was more acceptable and there hadn't been any rain for a few hours beforehand.

I tried to go down a dune and go for a few runs, I still couldn't do well despite the sand being dry, I didn't understand if I bought a bad board or whether the sand still needed to dry.

Except, last week I ordered some beeswax online (I didn't go for branded waxes as they're manufactured in the United States and they would have taken a long time to arrive), I chose beeswax because of my article I wrote on waxes before, beeswax is a natural product so it's not created with petroleum oils which could potentially not make me slide at all, and it was the most abundant to find at the time of my online shopping experience!

I bought some bars of 100% pure and natural Beeswax and I can single-handedly say that Beeswax is the "Bees Knees"! It's good if you're on a tight budget, and most importantly, it gives you an excellent run, fast descent, high speeds... Basically, it lets you go fast; However, it does lack when it comes to giving you the ability to curve as it makes the board extremely slippery all over and I did have to re-apply the wax every other run; but re-applying the wax very often isn't so bad when you consider that the wax lasts so long, it's a natural product, and from a fresh bar of the stuff, I had only used ½ to 1cm of Beeswax during a whole 2 hour session.

"Pure Natural Beeswax Blocks" by Jack Soley is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Also, an unrelated note but useful if you're thinking about making your own wax at home; Beeswax is easy to clean up compared to candle wax and wax from Edam cheese.

Pros of Beeswax

It allows you to go fast almost immediately, cheap, easy to obtain, a naturally ocurring product, protects your board from light & deep scratches, and lasts long during sessions.

Cons of Beeswax

Requires constant re-application, and it is extremely slippery so if you're trying to do some tricks or if you're a beginner, you're out of luck.

Overall Opinion

Given the good features and bad features of this particular method of waxing a board, this is the first ever Sandboard wax I've used (that has worked) with good results that are so good I can immediately report on them the day I got back from the dunes! I would definitely reccomend Beeswax as a wax to use on your board and I give Beeswax an 8 out of 10!

Also before I conclude, I have uploaded a video online titled "How To Wax A Sandboard" featuring my session yesterday at Merthyr Mawr, I hope you find it interesting.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Switching Format on this Blog

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been thinking of switching to a podcast format as outside of the blog, I've also decided to volunteer for a hospital radio station, I used to volunteer for a local community station, with that experience I was taught on editing, clipping audio, and high quality audio distribution and considering that writing articles is a lot of work as opposed to a podcast where I can produced and created in a far less time than a written post; I believe this will be a good way forward.

I will include a public poll on this and I'll let you debate in the comments on whether or not you think this is a good idea, I'll close the poll some time in Mid May.
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Thursday, 21 March 2019

My Trip to Merthyr Mawr

This isn't going to be a particularly large post but on Monday, I took a drive to the nearest sand dune so I could practise some sandboarding; basically, I didn't do any sandboarding as I couldn't have chose a worse day to sandboard here; over the last 2 weeks I had my eyes glued to the weather forecast but still as soon as I arrived over the Welsh border, rain had struck and there were torrential downpours on the way home.

You have to pay for parking here; 1 hour will cost you £1, 2 hours will be £2 and there was also an option to park all-day (over 2 hours) and that would cost you £3.

There are lots of sign posts and I genuinely thought it would be one big dune and just lots of grassland, however there's the "Big Dipper" which is the largest in size by far however if you look in the distance, you'll find beaches with small dune complexes on them as well, this buckets of sand you can see on this site makes Holywell Bay look like a grain in comparison.

The sand was too wet to do proper sandboarding and my best run was only about 2 metres on my new, proper sandboard which I had imported from a seller on eBay; I did however manage to try some jumps and tricks on the high rising dunes on the edges, I've also attached some creative commons images below so you can judge for yourself.

"Big Dipper at Merthyr Mawr" by Jack Soley is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

"Sandboard at Merthyr Mawr" by Jack Soley is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Oh, and unlike Holywell you don't get out of breath so easily as the dune is less steep but the descent is longer; Merthyr Mawr is long and tall where as Holywell is shorter but taller. I'll do a follow up of this original post when I go there on a good day... Preferably in the summer.

Oh and yesterday it was my birthday, but I guess that's not too important here.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Sandboarding Bites #7

Position is key; bend too little, you fall back and be less aerodynamic when going down a dune & bend too much you'll fall in the sand and roll on your face.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Sandboarding Bites #6

Always clean your board regularly, a small piece of grit can cost you time and money if you don't take care of your board.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Sandboarding Bites #5

If you're going down a dune at high speed, always slow down before a bend rather than during.