Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Anyone who thinks that sand boarding is like snowboarding is delusional. Sand boarding is nothing like snowboarding. You can’t turn on sand. You can’t stop on sand. You can’t do anything on sand except go straight down and crash. That’s it. Period. And man, does it hurt when you crash, as, unlike snow, sand is basically cement only a tad softer. So you can imagine how our poor talent, Gleb Osipov, must have felt after a day of hurling himself off of these giant sand dunes in the middle of the Rub’ al Khali desert. I swear I heard bones breaking a few times. But Gleb just bounced up after ever wipeout, dusted himself off, climbed up the dune and did it all again. He was a real trooper. Insane, but a trooper nonetheless.