Laguna Beach skimboarders

Skimboarding has a rich history. What started over 60 years ago on round wood boards has evolved into a highly competitive water sport. Most people know skimboarding as “that thing you do on the sand,” and while this is true, skimboarding has become so much more than that.

Skimboarding is a sport similar to surfing which takes place near the shore. The skimboarder stands about twenty feet from the ocean with skimboard in hand and waits for a wave. When they see a wave they run towards it with their skimboard still in hand. Upon reaching the wet sand they drop the board and jump onto it as quickly as possible. Once on the board, the skimmer must remain as stable as possible and prepare to make the transition to the ocean. The skimmer then (hopefully) glides out into the ocean toward the oncoming wave, banks off of it, and rides it back into shore. There are many possibilities for riding the waves and this is where skimboarding gets really interesting.

The video from ktode shows what the sport is all about.

Skimboards vaguely resemble surfboards, they are about half the length, half the thickness, and slightly wider. Unlike surfboards, skimboards have no skegs (fins on the bottom of the board used for controlling direction). They are much less stable and require a lot of practice to be able to control. Because they are less stable and specifically because they lack skegs, many things can be done on a skimboard that cannot be done on a surfboard.

Wooden Skim Board with Dolphin Prints

Description: 30″ (76cm) in length  made of wood

So just how do you do it – we thought the best description would come in the form of a video from expertvillage

Ok so its not the whole story, enough for today and hey, its important to know how to throw the board onto the sand – you don’t want to look like a novice. Its not an easy sport and some will ask why – what’s the point – well its a good day out at the beach, meeting friends, having fun, getting your adrenaline fix – all in the name of an extreme sport – no doubt down at Laguna beach.

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