Sandboarding Santa Catarina, Brazil

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This past weekend the weather was perfect. We decided to head to one of our favorite beach towns, Sao Francisco do Sul. We had our swimsuits on, tied the Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) and surfboard to the top of the car and off we went.

When we arrived we were starved so we decided to eat a quick lunch at one of our favorite seafood restaurants overlooking the ocean. As we sat there watching the waves we realized that it was too rough in the bay to enjoy a day of SUP. So after lunch we decided to check out the surfing beaches Prainha and Praia Grande thinking we could have fun with our funboard. The waves were too rough for us. There is a dirt road that runs the length of Praia Grande – with the Atlantic on one side and sand dunes on the other. Last time we were there we had seen people sandboarding. We had been wanting to try it, and, since the waves were being uncooperative, this was the perfect day to try something new. 


Sandboarding is a sport similar to snowboarding. Rather than boarding down a snowy mountain, you board down a sand dune. It’s actually fairly easy if you have ever snowboarded or skateboarded. Even if you haven’t tried any of these sports you can still learn it pretty fast.

You need to make sure that you wax the bottom of your board well or you will get stuck and not move. Also, if you have never done it, try some smaller hills first and then work your way up to steeper hills. However, if your board is waxed and you are still not moving  you may need a steeper hill. That is what happened to me.

If you pick up too much speed, or you feel like you are going to fall, just fall down on your butt. Unless you contort in some freakish position, falling does not hurt. We both fell several times and popped right back up for more.

What’s great about sandboarding? It is a lot of fun and you really forget that you are actually getting a good workout in. Every time you go down, you have to climb back up the sand dune if you want to ride again. And you will want to ride again, and again, and again!

Sandboarding turns out to be the perfect activity when you cannot enjoy the surf. We laughed, huffed and puffed, got in a good workout, got some sun, and lost track of time. The only reason we stopped was because we were covered in sweat and sand, and just could not physically go up another hill. Ha ha!

Exhausted, and it being later than we expected, we cleaned all the sand off and headed to the old part of Sao Francisco do Sul to have a few drinks and watch the sun set over the bay. It was a beautiful ending to a really fun and unexpected day! It was just another weekend for us but now we have one more reason to love Brazil.


The Azorean-styled waterfront of São Francisco do Sul


The sun going down over Baia Babitonga


Another wonderful day in the books!