Kitty Hawk Kites offers Sandboard Rentals at Jockey’s Ridge State Park all year long during park visitation hours!
A Sandboard Rental includes one sandboard (without bindings) and one block of sandboard wax . No prior experience is needed for this activity, and a brief demonstration will be given on how to properly use the board and apply the wax at the time of the rental.
We currently do not take reservations for Sandboard Rentals, meaning the boards are on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in renting a sandboard, come to the Hang Gliding School at Jockeys Ridge State Park and the crew inside will be happy to help you out!
Q: Is it like snowboarding?
A: It’s more like sledding on sand. Your feet aren’t strapped to the board since there are no bindings, so you can stand or sit. You can’t carve turns, spray sand, or alternate from heel side to toe side. It is a straight shot, like a sled ride.
Q: Do they go fast?
A: It’s not as fast as snow sledding or snowboarding. The steeper the hill the faster you go. The wax that’s provided helps reduce the friction on the sand. Not all of the hills are big enough or steep enough for the sandboard to work. If it doesn’t work, or there is not enough speed, seek a higher or steeper portion of the dune.
Q: Should I bring my own wax?
A: No need. A special wax is provided. Standard surfboard wax will not work and actually will make the board sticky…defeating the purpose of making the bottom of the board slick.
Q: Can you go in the rain?
A: The boards stick to wet sand, so make sure the sand is dry. Sometimes it may take a day or two after a hard rain for the sand to create ideal dry conditions for the sandboarding.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Dress for the weather and be prepared to get sandy…VERY sandy.
Q: Do I need a permit to sandboard?
A: No permit is needed.
Q: Can I rent a sandboard with straps?
A: Kitty Hawk Kites only rents strapless sandboards or “sleds”, so sandboards with straps/bindings are not available to rent from Kitty Hawk Kites.