The Latest In Wet And Wild Sports – What Is Skimboarding?
Skimboarding is similar to surfboarding, though skimboarders practice their sport closer to shore. The boards tend to be wider and half the length of surfboards. The skimboarder tosses their board down on shallow water. While the board glides across the shallow surface, the skimmer runs onto it, balancing as the board skims the water. Flatland skimboarders stay along the shore while wave-riding skimboarders head out toward a wave, then ride it back into shore. This sport can also be practiced inland in lakes and rivers.
The sport of skimboarding has been taking the beaches by storm. If you have not yet heard of skimboarding, chances are you will soon. This exciting sport combines the fun and excitement of skateboarding with the wet and wild fun of surfing.
Of course there is more to skim boarding than a gentle ride across the surface of an incoming wave. Skimboarding is one of the most exciting waterborne sports out there, and experienced skimboarders can perform a wide variety of maneuvers and tricks. Some of these maneuvers take place on the surface of the water, while others are airborne.
If you watch an experienced skimboarder out on the waves, you are likely to see a number of exciting moves, including movements with names like the wrap and the big spin. Spins and turns are a common part of the sport, including i8o-degree turns and 36o-degree turnarounds.
No matter which maneuver they are executing, skimboarders use the design of the board to their advantage. The smaller-size and finless design of the skimboard allow riders to use their existing momentum to skim out to the breaking waves.
Once out in the ocean, the skimboarders can catch a breaking wave and ride it back to shore. Now safely back on shore, the skimboarder drops the board on to the wash created by the previous set of waves and rides it back out to sea.
In some ways skimboarding is similar to skateboarding, and the two sports are often compared to one another. In fact, many of the most avid skimboarders also enjoy skateboarding when on dry land.
The similarities do riot end there. Skimboarders execute many of the same movements and maneuvers as traditional skateboarders, including airborne turns, pivots and spins. Skimboarding is thought to have gotten its start in Laguna Beach, California, home to a vibrant skateboarding – community.
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These basic maneuvers are only the beginning of skimboarding, though. Once a skimmer has learned how to balance and control these less stable but more maneuverable boards, they’re ready to try more advanced techniques. Many flatland maneuvers or tricks were adapted from skateboarding, such as ollies, shuv-its, spins and flips. Flatland skimming is also called inland skimming, since It’s possible to practice this variation on rivers and lakes as well as ocean shores. Wave-riding skimmers perform both surface and air maneuvers on an incoming wave.
From that early start, skimboarding has grown a great deal and taken on a life of its own. Skimboarding still retains many of its skateboarding roots, but the connection with surfing has given this wet and wild sport a whole new twist.