Wax On, Wax Off

Back in the 70’s when us kids were first turned on to Sand Boards, one of my Dad’s buddies made one for each of us 4 boys.

They looked like someone had cut them out of a counter top but had a slight curve to them so that the ends stuck up a little bit.

About 28 inches long if I remember right and maybe six at the widest point in the middle, they were also slightly tapered. Just a little bigger than a skate board.

5/8’s plywood with linoleum glued to the side that you slid on.

It took me forever to figure out how to stand up on that damn thing so most of the time I just sat on it and put my feet up on the nose.

There were some huge sand dunes around, easily as big as that one and I am also here to tell you that walking up those fuckers was a killer, even for a healthy outdoors type kid.

I literally couldn’t do it now if my life depended on it.

One of the first things we were told was to go get a bar of wax.

The stuff was like a dime back then and it lasted a pretty long time if you didn’t lose it.

The difference it made was flat out amazing.

The friction of the sand caused the wax to melt on the way down and it was like night and day difference.

Those little Sand Boards would flat fucking fly when the wax started working.

On that same hill that kid just barely made it to the bottom on in that video up top?

You would be going 30 miles an hour when you got there on one of those Sand Boards.


Of course hopefully you weren’t dragging your legs half way down it either.

If you watch this video they try to tell you that nobody knows where the idea came from and that it is a recent thing.

I certainly couldn’t tell you where the idea came from but I can damn sure tell you that it’s been around for at least 50 years that I know of. Of course we didn’t have the fancy foot restraints they have now. That’s why it was so hard to stay upright on the damn things.

7 thoughts on “Wax On, Wax Off

  1. Hell, we used to go to the Oregon Sand dunes too with sand boards. You were probably the skinny kid that use to get in our way and would end up tea kettle ass end up stuck in the sand…. They have been around a long time.Paraffin wax works well and we use to steal mom’s canning supply all the time.


  2. We grew up an hour and a half from Cleawox Lake in Honeyman State Park, and made a lot of trips over there as kids. One time as a high school kid taking friends on a day trip there, I lost my keys in the sand. That’s how I learned to hotwire a VW microbus–by flashlight no less.


  3. Speaking of sand hills, see “The Hill”, a British movie starring Sean Connery and a bunch of other familiar British faces. It’s about a military prison in North Africa. There were many punishments, but the big one was making a prisoner climb a huge man-made sand hill in the scorching heat. Don’t want to see it again even with Connery.


  4. We pulled a 12″X18″ piece of 1/4″ steel behind a pickup across sand and dry lake beds up to about 60 mph. Only one person fell and that was at about 2 mph. Beyond that it was car hoods in the sand washes. We had no sand hills. Ditch banks provided great stuff for the steel board when we weren’t water sking in the ditch.


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