Wednesday 8 June 2016

International Borders for Eager Sandboarders

Headnote: This article is outdated, for more up-to-date information on specifically the former quadripoint between Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, click here. (Posted: 23rd December 2019)

I'm a fan of Geography and I like to read up on International borders, quite simply a border is a point where 2 or more countries meet. However the border between the nations of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa is a quadripoint. A quadripoint is a location where 4 territories meet, since the quadripoint with Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe is on the Zambezi River, you could technically swim in a circle in all 4 countries if you were that ecstatic.

Courtesy of: Htonl License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Last time, I mentioned on how amazing it would be if you could Sandboard from one country to another, making that method of border crossing quite bizzare. I cannot find any documented account of any event where a Sandboarder or Sandboarding group have successfully crossed an international border by Sandboard; you need to make sure that the border is open (So you don't crash into a fence) and that you're legal to do so (I am not responsible for any lawsuits, I'm just a blogger trying to make a living).

You could cross US states using this method and likewise I haven't found any entries online of such an event happenning, if there are adequate dunes, you could cross from somewhere such as New Mexico to Arizona; or Oregon to California; or if you really want to push the boundaries, somewhere remote such as Saudi Arabia into the United Arab Emirates (there's plenty of dunes there). If anyone's looking for any sponsorship to carry out this event, I would love to see this happen (however, money is somewhat tight).

There's the Australian State borders such as Victoria to South Australia, or Queensland to New South Wales, or even Western Australia to the Northern Territory (that last one is even better as the Northern Territory isn't really a state of Australia). There's plenty of International borders in Africa too; say, Algeria into Libya, Egypt into Sudan, Morocco into the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (or Western Sahara if you don't recognise the country), Niger into Mali, Chad into Libya, or any 2 nations that have an international border next to the sand dune complex (or indeed on it).

If there are any further advancements that a sandboarder can cross into an international border and go over into another country, I'll be hugely impressed, and the first one that does such a thing, films it, and let's me know by comment on this post will receive a free Sandboarding Nation T-Shirt.

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