What Is Skimboarding? Flatland and Wave Skimming
In flatland skimboarding, skimmers use wooden skimboards and the effect of aquaplaning to glide over the surface of the water. Just like skateboarding, flatland skimboarding can take place in the cities, where fountains and water features become playgrounds for skimboarders to unleash their creativity and engage with architecture in new and unforeseen ways.
Skim surfing, also known as wave skimboarding, is practiced using foam or fiberglass boards due to their higher buoyancy. In this discipline, skimmers glide into the water to catch and ride low to medium-sized waves. Wave skimboarding is often approached by intermediate to advanced riders, whereas newcomers are often advised to start off with flatland skimboarding, as it requires less technical skills to get going.
What Gear Do I Need for Skimboarding?
To effectively start skimboarding, you will need the right equipment. The first piece of gear is obviously a skimboard. Beginners would be better off with a wooden skimboard and then switch to a foam board if they get the urge to explore the waves. You will use surf wax on the top of the board to ensure a good grip for your feet. Skimmers training on obstacles should also carry with them a good piece of skate wax to grease up for smooth slides. Traction pads can be found in our selection of skimboard equipment, and they are a good idea for riders practicing wave skimming. Pads will ensure maximum grip on the board and reduce the risk of slipping off the board.
If you need more help finding the perfect skimboard for you, check out our Guide to Buying a Skimboard. Whether you're a beginner seeking the right board or a seasoned skimboarder looking to upgrade, this guide will provide valuable insights to help you make an informed choice.