What is Skimboarding?

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by Alessia Palmas

What is Skimboarding?

There are many different ways to become an expert in skating, surfing, and snowboarding. But there is one, ultra-effective method that you may not be aware of. In this article, you’ll learn a bit about skimboarding.

What is Skimboarding?

Skimboarding, in simple terms, is a tool for practicing any sort of board sport. It helps you understand the physics and mechanics behind you and your board’s rotations.

When it comes to skimboarding, there are few aspects of a skimboard that you should understand in order to have a crystal clear feel for skimboarding. First, a skimboard is much different from its counterparts in skating, snowboarding, and surfing. A true skimboard is thicker, longer, and wider compared to other boards for skating, surfing, and snowboarding.

The other difference to note is a skimboard lacks the fins of a surfboard or snowboard, making it on average more difficult to control. The board is less stable, making some of the tricks made simple by fins close to impossible. For a skimboard, a rider stands at the shore, about 6-20 feet away from where the waters are crashing in, ready to pounce.

How Do You Skimboard?

Skimboarding is a trick of its own considering how completely different it is from other waterboarding activities. But if you want to learn it, you’ll need to know the basics.

In the event that you spot a wave that you want to catch, run towards the wave and as soon as you get to the end of the shore, drop your skimboard and jump on it quickly. Remain stable while preparing to grab the wave. Once stable, you can catch oncoming waves to help you ride back to the shore.

How Do You Perfect Your Skimboarding Skills?

In order to be an expert in anything, you must practice, practice, and—you guessed it—practice! The best place to help you build your skimboarding skills is a flat sand beach with a thin amount of water. When you are skimboarding without water waves, you skim parallel to the shoreline while pulling off your tricks. This is what is called flatland skimboarding. Most experts recommend areas without stones, weeds or driftwoods, and with shallow streams towards the beach or ocean.

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