Learning to skimboard
What is Skimboarding? A brief overview
So.... what is Skimboarding?
My sons took up skimboarding, they both love skateboarding. I thought 'that's a pretty cool idea' and living close to the beach, I thought, actually. that is a really cool idea.
I started to notice some skimboarders practising on the sea. My boys have got skateboards but where we live is not the best place in the world to skate, to be honest.
Some of the older kids, who are quite good skateboarders, told me about skimboarding and that my younger son was quite good at it messing around on their boards.
I went along with them a few times and thought it was kind of cool. It looked like fun so I got my sons one each.
In Mallorca, there are hardly any good waves, but you don't need them as it is like a cross between skateboarding and surfing.
A couple of months later they are now quite hooked and getting pretty good, but it ain't easy.
How do you use a skimboard?
I'm sure you have all skimmed flat stones across the water before. A skimboard works on the same principle, but, imagine trying to jump onto that stone.
So you basically hold the nose and run. When you are ready you throw it at an angle so that it skims across the water, and jump onto it trying not to lose momentum.
The faster you go and the better the angle you get further across the water until you run out of power.
Where should I practice this Skimboarding?
At a sandy beach is best that does not have a very steep decline in to the sea. So it is shallow and very gradually getting deeper.
The skimboards don't really float so to start off with it is best to run and skim parallel to the sea in only a couple of inches of water. This will help you go further at first.
First practice standing and get the feel and confidence needed
Run, throw, jump and push
What sport will grow more in the next 10 years?
What if there are waves?
More experienced riders can also ride waves.
You still start running from the beach, throw the board into the wave, ride it and then use the wave to come back in again.
List of skimboarding tricks
The number of tricks that are out there is growing every day. These are some of the top and most popular ones.
If you are a skateboarder imagine the types of tricks that you could do on one of these.
So you can do:
180's and 360's
Backside or front side moves
Switch stance moves
Flips from waves
Ollies off waves
Tricks from ramps
Riding the waves
It is a typically a flat piece of laminated plywood ranging from anything between 35 and 60 inches long.
Some are shaped like a surfboard with one end cut off, others are pointed at both ends.
They will go up to about 7 ply and are laminated to avoid water damage.
There are also ones made out of fibreglass.
Which do you prefer?
Getting the hang of it Soller in Mallorca
So now you know what skimboarding is..
My sons got hooked on it straight away and now every time they visit the beach this new sport is their new past time.
It's a great exercise, all the running backwards and forwards really does get tiring but the great thing about this sport is that you don't have to wait for perfect conditions.
When you get more experienced it doesn't matter if the sea is rough or smooth you can still get out there and do some tricks.
If I do go anywhere where there are smaller surfing waves I will definitely be taking my sons and their skimboards for them to try them out.
They would never forgive me if I didn't.
So now this is what we do on our days to the beach.
© 2013 Peter Badham
Comment about this new sport
sojourner-1 on May 19, 2013:
Great info on this sport...thank you.
BarbsSpot on May 13, 2013:
@Lensmaster...A great read on a sport not familiar to me. Congratulations on its Purple Star! Much deserved!
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on April 23, 2013:
Ha I think that I would break my neck if I tried skimboarding. It looks like a great water sport for those with a little more grace and energy though lol.
CaztyBon on April 20, 2013:
I have recently seen kids this on TV didn't know it had a name. great lens
Peter Badham (author) from England on April 11, 2013:
@MelanieKaren: That's fantastic, I'd love to know what he thinks. These boys are in Spain on this page :)
Melanie Wilcox from Pennsylvania, USA on April 11, 2013:
We live near the ocean now, and my 11 year old son is enjoying learning this. :) He's gonna love this article when he comes home from school today.
geosum on April 10, 2013:
Good lens. Just stopped by to see what it was.
Peter Badham (author) from England on March 31, 2013:
@dogged lm: hahaha, I was keeping that part quiet as a surprise for the unsuspecting enthusiasts.
dogged lm on March 31, 2013:
You forgot to mention the first instructions to 'Super glue both feet firmly to the board' and 'Practice breathing water before attempting the kamikazi maiden voyage to death' Other than that the lens is a good one.
Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on March 25, 2013:
Seems like it would be safer than either skateboarding or surf boarding, and a nice way to get into the feel of it. Good idea!
Peter Badham (author) from England on March 25, 2013:
@Kim Milai: Definitely one to tell her about then :)
Kim Milai on March 25, 2013:
My daughter does some skateboarding and boogie boarding so this would be right up her alley. Thanks for the info.
lesliesinclair on March 25, 2013:
I especially liked watching the videos of this very fun looking activity.
Peter Badham (author) from England on March 25, 2013:
@Vikk Simmons: Thank you vikksimmons :) I'm over the moon
Vikk Simmons from Houston on March 25, 2013:
I had seen this but didn't know what it was called so I guess I have a new word for the day. Great photographs. Congratulations on the Purple Star and on being featured on this week's Reel.
poldepc lm on March 25, 2013:
what a beautiful lens...really "imminent"...thx for sharing
RinchenChodron on March 25, 2013:
Looks like good "clean" fun!
flycatcherrr on March 24, 2013:
That looks like a real blast, especially with kids! I'd love to try skimboarding sometime this summer.
Fay Favored from USA on March 23, 2013:
This looks like so much fun, and I think I could actually do it. Your kids have a great Dad to share this excitement with at the beach.
Peter Badham (author) from England on March 23, 2013:
@squidoopets: Thank's squidoopets, I'm pleased you learnt something :)
Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on March 22, 2013:
This is really cool! First I have heard of skimboarding, thanks!