Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Ok, I am meeting some folks (hopefully!) to spin on the beach tomorrow night. Wonderful? Yes. Here's the problem:

I have never spun on anything that wasn't a firm, flat surface. The softest thing I've ever spun on was wet grass.

So how does one spin on soft sand without falling on one's ass? Any tips on footwear and balance techniques?


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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master sodium
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Location: carson city, nevada
Member Since: 13th Apr 2002
Total posts: 536
Posted:first off use your bare feet. in the sand (basically anywhere I spin here in the desert) I like it much more and find it to be easier to tell what I"m about to step on. other then that just make sure you lift your feet to avoid the tripping aspect.

also if you spin down where the sand is wet, it tends to be more firm, and it feels cool to have the tide come up on your bare feet. but watch out for the occasional much-larger-then-normal wave. they have a tendency to put out your fire and waterlog your wick if you're not prepared.


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Cantus
Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road
Member Since: 30th Jul 2001
Total posts: 15965
Posted:Is your balance usually a problem? If not I can't imagine any real problems occurring. As long as you're on a flatish beach and not up in the dunes the ground tends to behave itself qute well.

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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Sepa
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Location: London
Member Since: 24th Apr 2002
Total posts: 184
Posted:I imagine that spinning on sand will build up strong ankles and develop your calf muscles. I vaguely recall that runners often train on the beach, and I vaguely recall from the movie that Phar Lap's trainers made him strong by galloping him along the beach!! If it's good enough for Phar Lap it'll be good enough for you!

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Location: south africa, johannesburg
Member Since: 13th Jun 2002
Total posts: 10
Posted:did some beach spinning for the first time last week in Mozambique. It was the most beautiful spin i ever had. there was someone taking footage so i suggested i spin on the wet sand with the waves coming up to my knees. The reflection just added another dimension to the pics. it's not as hard as you think to do it on the beach. On the soft sand i would suggest a mat of some sort. I started getting ankle deep into it.

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Sepa
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Location: London
Member Since: 24th Apr 2002
Total posts: 184
Posted:That sounds wonderful!

Hope the pics come out good!


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Dom
Dom

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bristol, UK
Member Since: 19th Dec 2001
Total posts: 3009
Posted:My advice would be to keep your feet flat to the ground. Putting pressure excessibely on your toes or heels might make you sink a bit. The only beach we have here is by the Thames, and it's a complex mix of pebbles, sand and mud (and driftwood) which makes spinning on it rather exciting!

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Location: south africa, johannesburg
Member Since: 13th Jun 2002
Total posts: 10
Posted:Sepa, Pics were awesome. one guy had digital video and the other had a stills so we could see straight off what they looked like. Wish I could show them to you. Maybe i work da plan. Wierd seeing yourself spin though. Very good for whetting the technique. Not that i'm the "one". but i try

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Sepa
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Location: London
Member Since: 24th Apr 2002
Total posts: 184
Posted:Nice one!

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