Sunday, October 26, 2014

The mental states of sandboarding

Happy Sunday!

Welcome back to Sandboarding Nation! I will start off by saying that I have an easier way to get to this blog, the link you should put in now is 'www.sandboarding-nation.com' hopefully this will make it easier to get to the blog! This week we will all be focusing on the mental states you need to be in and how your mental attitudes and habits can help you excel and go further in recreational and/or professional sandboarding, plus some tips on how you can improve your well being to be suited to sandboard. I want to make a disclaimer that I am not a qualified specialist for Sport, Health, Psychology or Medical Studies therefore this is just advice and not professional assistance, now there are 2 attitudes which are 'Mental' and 'Physical', the physical section will be coming next week.


Mental

In this section I'll be giving you some tips on how can be better mentally before and during sandboarding.


Sleep

To get started you need a good amount of sleep, now there are multiple opinions and debates on how many hours of sleep you should be getting but with my research, I have discovered that the most widely accepted answer is 7.5 or 8 hours per night. A website called sleepyti.me can effectively measure your average sleep cycles and tell you when the best time is to wake up or to go to sleep in order to wake up feeling fresh and energised. One 'sleep cycle' typically lasts 90 minutes and 5 or 6 cycles per night is generally considered to be a 'good night's sleep'; waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle and not after one has finished is the number one reason why people tend to be groggy when they wake up from sleep. 5 sleep cycles are good because there are usually 90 minutes in a sleep cycle and 90 times 5 is 450, convert 450 minutes into hours gives you an answer of 7.5; if you add another sleep cycle you'll have to work out 90 times 6 which is 540 or in simple terms, 9 hours.

Water (H2O intake)

In relation to sleep, you need a high intake of water as sandboarding is mostly done in dry & arid sandy areas, feeling parched whilst sandboarding is never good as you can get dehydrated really quickly in conditions when sandboarding and if you don't have a supply of water with you, you would lose money due to the corporate boss that is known as bottled water. There are also many theories and answers about how much water you should be drinking every day but I have found an online calculator www.camelbak.com/hydrationcalculator which figures out how much water you should have and the benefit of this is that many factors are considered such as urine colour, gender, weight, height and sweat content. Personally, for every hour of sandboarding on a typical hot summers day in the UK, I would usually consume about 1 litre of water.


Diet

Obviously a balanced diet is essential for good performance; However, a good intake a vitamins and minerals are required for you to be just a tad better at the sport and get yourself an 'edge'. Vitamin B12 helps form red blood cells, helps improve your metabolism and can maintain the performance of your central nervous system. Vitamin D is also essential as this helps the body absorb Calcium which helps maintain and build strong bones and for the benefit of this list I would include Vitamin A as this can help sight, teeth, tissue and skin; this can help for sandboarding as this may assist you in getting through the harsh conditions this sport has to offer!

Meditation and Relaxation

This is a key, fundamental principle and very important reason why this blog post exists right now. Being relaxed and calm can help very much in sandboarding due to multiple reasons, the first reason is that meditation can improve your concentration so you have less time to focus on little things and hopefully perform better sliding down the sand dune, the second reason is that there are multiple health benefits of meditation the most notable being that anxiety is reduced significantly which for sandboarding would be really useful, especially in a highly competitive and risky situation. If you have a perception that meditation is only for religious people, then you're wrong; Meditation and multiple styles of relaxation help us discover what goes on around us and in our minds. I would personally recommend at least 45 minutes of meditation a week. This is optional but Yoga would be beneficial too as this links in with meditation and the discipline is linked in with extended fitness too, but I will talk more about Yoga in the next post.


That is this week 'Mental states' post over and done with, I intend to make this a 2 part post with the 'Physical states' coming next week. So please join me same time, same place next week for the 'Physical states of sandboarding', before I go this week I will put up a poll asking 'What colour should I spray paint stripes on my board?' and I await your advisory opinions since I'm incredibly indecisive. Take care of yourself.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The history and origins of Sandboarding

Welcome enthusiasts!


This is the first official post to Sandboarding Nation and as you can see I have featured a custom logo and 'Favicon' so do check them out and soon I hope to create a twitter and a facebook page for the blog if this gets a big enough following. This week's post will be regarding about the historical background and origins of sandboarding as mentioned in the introductory post.

How was sandboarding originated and when was it created?

This could be considered a controversial question as there are quite a few answers to this, but hopefully you could use some sense and judgement to decide which of these places you think should be called "home". Due to these claims, some sources suggest that due to the early population distribution of humans on earth living in desert regions could argue that sandboarding could have been the inspiration for snowboarding and the majority of online places agree that sandboarding was invented or had been originated before the 1st century and that snowboarding was invented in the 19th/20th century.

Here are some popular claims to the 'real' inventors and birthplaces of sandboarding.

Egypt

According to popular myth, the sport is said to have originated in Ancient Egypt where the kings of Egypt (Pharaoh's for the historians) were to slide down the sand dunes on thin pieces of wood or hardened clay (most notably, pottery); this idea is considered the most accurate information however other locations and people have claimed to be the real birthplace of sandboarding but the claim to Egypt could be considered the real claim a little more as there are ancient hieroglyphics depicting people going down sand dunes on these pieces of wood or hardened clay.
 

Rub Al-Khali (Empty Quarter in English)

Another popular claim to the birthplace and home of sandboarding is the Arabian peninsula, most notably the 'Rub Al-Khali' or 'Empty Quarter' in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates where the desert people would also slide down dunes made of thin wood or pottery, the Egypt claim is also more believable than this and is agreed with more because of the close locations of Egypt and the 'Empty Quarter' of the Arabian peninsula.

Santa Catarina, Brazil

Another conception which is known for being the sandboarding Mecca is the island of 'Santa Catarina' on the south coast of Brazil. The reasoning for Santa Catarina being the birthplace of the sport is that when the island surfers had found that there were low tidal waves or if there were no waves to surf on, then the Santa Catarinense people (Catarinense being the name for the people of Santa Cantarina) would use Sandboarding as an alternative to surfing as there were also a complex of sand dunes on the populous island, this claim seems feasible as the period of ancient Egypt started in 3200 BC but the island of Santa Catarina has been settled on for more than 8,000 years.

My Opinion

Like I said, this was a tough question but I think it's up to you to decide. In my humble opinion as an experienced sandboarder who's been in the interest for about 7 years now, I would personally go with the Brazilian claim just on the facts that the evidence of the island's settlement in history, there is a keen popularity of sandboarding in neighbouring and relative South American countries the most popular being Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile. The dispute and debate to the true origin of sandboarding could be shown in a television documentary but for now this could remain disputed or unknown until there is a lot more evidence on show; I would be thrilled to hear your views on this so please leave a comment on this post and I will be sure to have a look!


Join me next week where I will be talking about the mental attributes and states of mind you'll need in order to excel at this sport! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Welcome to the blog, here is what will be in store from next week.

My first post explaining what this blog will be all about!


After multiple weeks of anticipation and creativity with my brain, I have finally managed to set up my blog dedicated to my favourite sport of 'Sandboarding'; if you are unaware of the sport, it is a 'Flipped version of snowboarding' as it were. In a nutshell, sandboarding is snowboarding but except it is performed on sand dunes instead of snowy mountain tops or any snow for that matter. Okay, I'm sure that you get the basic jist of this sport now but this blog (or I won't as I'm the only writer), will hopefully try not to brag about the sport all the time and how wonderful it is but try to include philosophies, theories, ideas and forums in the sport as well and anything else related to this subject. 

What will I expect to see?

I have a treat lined up if you like this sort of stuff as I have ideas flowing in my brain as I type this! For example, I am projected to write up posts with morals and food-for-thoughts as in: "Should there be a sandboarding regulator or body organisation?", "Should there be teams for Sandboarding tricksters?", "How long is a recommended session of the sport?" this list could go on for ages but I'm not going to write them all, you'll just have to wait and see!

When will I expect to see regular posts?

I have plans to post every week (preferably on a Sunday as these days are quiet, traffic filled and tediously boring.) but if there is breaking news on a writing scandal or a coffee shortage for my creative ideas, I shall put this as a blog post at the time but put a "BREAKING" in front of the post.

Who will be contributing to this blog?

This blog has just begun so for now it is just me (Jack), but as a community improves I may be opening positions for voluntary (or maybe paid) roving reporters to put on their views and opinions and get a segment for a post for that week. I am also considering a guest blog and/or a forum so if you (the loyal followers) find something interesting related to sandboarding or anything similar then you can by all means post it to your guest blog and I will be sure to stumble upon it! Word to the wise here, I have a C grade in GCSE English Language so my writing and presentational skills may be a little sloppy at some times and if you do notice this please feel free to leave a comment and feedback will be greatly appreciated as I intend to work this blog around you!

I have something to contribute to the blog (whether it would be a video, photo, point to make, idea, etc...) what can I do?

As formentioned, I may be considering opening a guest blog or guest forum but if I haven't done that yet you can leave a comment or send me a message with your ideas/photos/videos about the sport and if I am wanting to know more then I may just feature it on a blog post for a week; of course I will mention that this is from you so I wouldn't have stolen it from you, don't worry!

Can I spread the word and promote this blog on social networks?

Why, of course you can; the more the merrier! I'm the only sandboarding enthusiast and fan in my neighbourhood, college if not my town (either that or I haven't been discovered yet!) but if there is a secret collective of sandboarders and enthusiasts of the sport hiding somewhere in the world, you can come along contribute and read this blog whenever you like! Anyone whether you're a fan or not will be made welcome to this blog and will be made feeling comfortable. You can spread the blog to your FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, YouTube, etc... as I've said, the more the merrier!

When will the first post be?

After this one (which could count as a post), next Sunday at around midday (British time) or 7am (US/Canadian Eastern time). I apologise for the wait but this blog post is to simply advertise and promote the blog in a sense and to reveal what will be coming soon. I can reveal that my report next Sunday (a.k.a. the 19th October 2014) will be regarding about 'The History and Origins about Sandboarding' in which I hope to be doing a lot of research throughout the week and giving you some stuff that you might not have known before if I can.

We will begin next week, thank you very much for reading the introduction and I hope you like what you see!


Anyway, that was the introduction over you can read my first report or proper blog post next week and until then I wish you a very good week ahead of you and I look forward to your presence here reading my report! Same time, same place. Take care of yourself.