Sand rolling!? Wait! What?!
Yeah. Sand rolling. Roller
skiing on a beach using roller skis with monster-tires.
Roller skiing on a beach?
OK, here is the story, in
20 years ago I made some monster-tire roller skis for skiing the
flatter xc skiing trails, like the Mize Loop, at Kincaid Park. I used
them off and on. Basically they were clunky … but they were
entertaining and I got a good workout using them. But then I
stopped masters ski racing and focused on backcountry cross
country skiing. And my monster-tire roller skis got lost in our
July of 2019. I was at Kalifornsky Beach on the Kenai Penninsula.
I had a really fun time riding my mountain bike on this beach of
June of 2020. I was reorganizing our garage and I found my old
monster-tire roller skis. I then remembered how much fun
mountain biking on Kalifornsky Beach was the previous year. And
I wondered if these all-terrain roller skis would work on that
October of 2020. I brought my monster-tire roller skis to
Kalifornsky Beach. Skiing sand on these roller skis worked
out ok. But I would rank it as a 6 out of 10.
Doable, but not high on the fun factor. Speed was a bit slow,
though it seems like sand rolling would be a valid training
option for ski racing.
But training for xc ski racing is not my thing these days.
skied on them for a while, then put them away and went beach
riding on mountain bikes with Tammy, my wife. Much more fun.
Always neat to try new stuff. Now I can add
sand rolling, or sand roller skiing, to my life’s skiing