Los Medanos and Sandboarding
Declared a national park in 1974 to protect the dunes isthmus connecting the Paraguaná Peninsula with the mainland, Los Medanos de Coro is an important reference of Venezuela attractions and are visited by thousands of people around the world. Its large dunes, scattered in about 6 km2 and with an average height of 50-100 meters offer an excellent "sand-park" to practice sandboarding: A growing extreme sport born in Brazil, which consits in surfing down sand dunes using a board specially made for this purpose.
The sandboarding was created by surfers on the island of Santa Catarina - Brazil as an alternative to surfing the days when the sea had little waves. Today has a lot of practitioners around the world, especially in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Namibia, to name a few, with a lot of annual events such as regional championships, national and even global, where enthusiasts "sandboarders" of many countries show their skills in both speed and driving and performing jumps and stunts.
In Venezuela and Coro
In Venezuela sandboarding is relatively recent, and in Araguato we consider ourselves pioneers in the introduction of the sport in Los Medanos de Coro. When and how? After being in contact with snowboard and practice it for several seasons in Europe, we asked ourselves if it could be possible to surf down a dune with a snowboard and drive it as such. and ... we tried!. The response was positive and then it was just enough to consult the Internet to discover how widespread and popular the sport was in other countries where there were dunes. We got some snowboards and we started practicing and taking travelers to the dunes to whom we presented the sport. The reactions from the outset were positive and demand grew. The activity was consolidated as one of the "to do things" when visiting Coro and the dunes after Brian Kluepfel, incharge of updating the famous travel guide "Lonely Planet" went with us to do a tour of sandboarding. Satisfied with the experience and the sport itself, decided to write an article in the guide and it was thus first time the activity was outlined in an international publication. Increased demand led to the rest of the posadas and travel agencies based in Coro to get involved and practice the activity and even raided successfully in making sand boards which has resulted in the consolidation of the city and their dunes as a destination for fun practice of this extreme sport.
In the year 2012 we had the visit of two important "Sandboard" people: Digiacomo Días from the very island of Santa Catarina - Brazil, three times world champion of "Big Air" sandboarding, and the first sandboarder to do a "double front flip" and Fabian Orsi owner at "Sandwave" an Argentine brand, manufacturers of boards of excellent quality. Both really enjoyed our dunes and agreed that its level is optimal for the sport.
SANDBOARDING TOUR HALF DAY ½:
Duration: ½ day, in two shifts: Morning - Afternoon (three hours of actual practice of sandboarding)
Difficulty: easy - medium
One day: Departure early in the morning to Los Medanos de Coro, the journey will take us no more than 10 minutes from your Posada or hotel. Arriving at Los Medanos, our guide will give a brief presentation of the national park and later of the activity. He’ll explain the rules and techniques of use of the board to start surfing down the sand slopes. Levels of speed will gradually increase as we develop skills and balance. Now we can only enjoy the beautiful scenery of Coro and the adrenaline featured by this fun activity. Search the dune that you like the most and just surf it! The end of the activity is scheduled by nature, in the morning the shift ends when the sand get’s too hot. In the afternoon usually the end is at nightfall. To refresh and recharge energies we’ll take you to Monumento a la Madre, a meeting place for people of Coro and where we can have a cold “Cocada” a refreshing and nutritious coconut milkshake. Transfer to hotel - Posada.
Price of the tour:
Departure: 7:00 AM
Our Sandboarding tour includes:
• Sandboarding gear: (Board, paraffin and goggles)
• Tour guide and a brief introductory class
• Transfer Posada - Medanos - Posada
We use the "Sandwave" boards manufactured in Argentina. There are two available models:
- Directional: This board is made without a tail to avoid slowing down during descent and has a better turning capability. For those who enjoy speed and descending "slalon"
- Freestyle: This board is curved at both ends allowing to be used equally in both directions: "regular" (left foot forward) or "goofy" (right foot forward) which facilitates direction changes needed to make figures.
To practice sandboarding you’ll need:
- [ ] Water bottle
- [ ] Sportswear which must be light and it is recommended to take the least amount of pockets, so you won't bring back to much sand
- [ ] Sandals or flip flops (our boards are used bare foot)
- [ ] Socks in case of hot sand
- [ ] Sunscreen
- [ ] Bag to protect your camera from the sand
Sandboarding is an extreme sport, so its practice, despite ofbeing of very low risk, can lead to injuries, for which we are not responsible or take any liability. Each participant assumes the practice of sandboarding at his/hers responsability and risk
We recommend to be careful with the use of cameras in the dunes, the sand is one of the worst enemies of these devices.
The practice of sand board can be combined with: a trip to the Paraguana Peninsula and the Sierra de San Luis (+1 day), a trip to Morrocoy National Park (+2 days), we can also provide connections to Merida and Barinas to visit Los Llanos (+4 days), Los Nevados (+2 days) Catatumbo (+2 days) or the Rafting tours in Barinas (+2 days).