If waterskiing is too wet for you or snowboarding is too cold, look no farther than the hills of the increasingly popular sand dune parks throughout the world. Sandboarding has a long history, stretching back to the ancient Egyptians skiing down dunes on bits of pottery, but it has only recently come back into vogue as a new generation discovers the thrill of the sport [source: Sandboard Magazine]. Sandboarding can include everything from simply hopping on a board and sliding down a dune to setting up courses with jumps to increase the thrill.
You don't even need a desert to sandboard, as parks have sprung up all around the world in places like Oregon, Brazil and Peru. These are often privately owned parks that will provide you not only with the heaps of sand, but also with the proper equipment needed to traverse the dunes. If you're looking for a more authentic experience, the Middle East has loads of prime spots. Or head on over to South Africa, where you'll find a multitude of natural dunes to hurtle down [source: SA Places].