WHY BUY A SKIMBOARD?



Skimboarding has gained popularity as a fun and energetic way to enjoy the beach on days when the waves are not quite adequate enough to go surfing. Skimboards are a perfect choice for beaches that have little to no waves, for the person who wants to relish the waves without going deep and for those who enjoy a challenge.




HOW DO YOU USE A SKIMBOARD?
Skimboards are designed to skim along the shallow water at the edge of the beach using your own energy. The primary thing you need to do is wax the top of the board so that you don't slip off.

Watch the waves, as you see one rolling back from the shoreline you want to get a running start. While running, toss the skimboard in front of you and step on top of the board with your first foot in the middle and your back foot towards the tail of the board then skim along the water's edge.

Good balance is needed for getting on and off the board while it's in motion. It takes practice so don't give up if you're not successful in your first few skimboarding attempts.



 
HOW DO I PICK A BOARD?
There are a wide variety of skimboards on the market today, prices are normally based on the materials used, the durability of the board, brand name and how the skimboard was constructed. During the decision-making process, we recommend you ask yourself the following questions:
  1. Who is the board for? (Height, weight, beginner, advanced.)
  2. How often will they be riding the board? (Vacation, weekends, once.)
  3. What type of ride are they looking for? (Breaking waves, shallow water.)
Skimboards should be large enough to displace the rider's weight but not so large that the person can't throw it out in front of themselves. If the board is just for use on vacation then a relatively inexpensive wooden board will do the trick. These tend to sink easier than the higher-end PVC or carbon fiber boards and are not generally recommended for wave riding.  If the plan is to take it to the beach frequently then a more durable, higher quality board from Zap is recommended.

ARE THERE WEIGHT LIMITS ON SKIMBOARDS?
Yes!
The smaller the board the lighter the weight it will hold. Here is a rough guideline to follow when selecting a board. Each brand is different so check their weight guidelines before you buy.

Under 70lbs - 35" or more
60-100lbs  - 40" or more
75-145lbs  45" or more
135-180lbs we recommend a pro board, 54" or more



 
 
Remember: Wooden skimboards hold less weight than a PVC or carbon fiber board.

SAFETY TIPS
Apply sunblock so that you don't burn.
Warm up. Stretch your muscles.
Hydrate!
Wax the top of the board to prevent slipping off.
Choose an area of beach that is not overly crowded.


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