HOW TO START SKIMBOARDING

Skimmingboard

It is a board water sport which is enjoyed by many. It is just like surfing but with a smaller board. In this, you glide across the water’s surface to meet the breaking wave and glide back to the shore.  The board used in this is just like a surfboard but without fins. Skimboarders can perform a variety of stunts in the water. Also, this is a unique water sport than others because it involves a “flatland” so takes up the tricks from skateboarding too.

To learn skimboard you need a lot of practice and patience. The benefit of this sport in learning is that it is fun to learn on a flatland where it is a little wet by the wash of the previous wave. It is great for children to enjoy this sport on wet sand as it involves sliding from here to there. Once you are an expert in sliding and learn to keep your balance on board then you go in try it out on waves.

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Well, how to start about it is discussed in steps down below:

Step 1: you need to find a good location, one where you can practice and learn without disturbing others as well as. Also, you need to find a beach that is good for learning either the one with a little slope for sand skimming or the one with very powerful shore back and steep slope for wave skimming. Location is a must if you are starting to learn skimboarding because as much as you practice you will be perfect.

Step 2: the selection of the board is also mandatory. There are two different types of skimming sand or wave skimming. Both of the skimmings requires you to choose different boards. Boards that are smaller, flatter and wooden are cheap are best for sand skimming, which is done sideways along the shore where it is flat. Whereas you can go for high-tech foam/carbon fiber-based boards that are great for wave skimming. Once you are through with boards remember the surf wax. There are many types of wax, like tropical for warm waters and cold for cold locations. Choose according to your location.

Step 3: exercise and keep your body fit and in shape to start learning to skim. Your muscle should easily adjust to the amount of stretching you would have to do. So run and stretch and be fit. Also apply on some sand on your face and legs and arms when you start skimming and learn to keep your leg and back muscles straight, warm and strong.

Step 4: get ready to have a go now. Hold the board right in your arms. Most preferable of holding the board is one hand on the back of the tail and one hand on the side rail halfway up the board. Hold the board out in front of you. If you are going flat along the sand then wait for the last wave to strike to shore and then go back. When there is a thin coating of water, between a couple of millimeters and not more than half an inch, that’s when you have to start running. When you have gained a little pace, drop the board in front of you on this thin coating layer of water. The best way to drop the board is to get low a little and slide it so that it gives a little pace before you get on it. It feels as if you are dropping the board on the sand and since it is a little wet with water the board slides easily. To get on board is to run onto it by placing your front foot a few inches past the middle first and then placing your back foot behind it. Running on to it will help you not losing pace and puts your weight gradually. Hence gives you a smooth ride.

CAUTION: don’t jump on the board that will either crack the board or will make the board stop from sliding as it gets stucks with the sand. Because the tension of the water breaks so the board will not be able to skim if you jump or hop on it. Also, you will fall because of this. And if you jump you put your whole weight together on the board which makes it impossible to balance. One foot at a time will not make you fall, even if you think it so. A little practice with it and you will be fine plus your board too.

 

Skimmingboard

Step 5: sand skimming is fun and interesting but wave skimming brings the greatest joy. Once you have to learn everything you can do tricks too. Two things to keep in mind while doing wave skimming is that you need a wave that you can reach and second that a wave you can turn off of to. Watch a lot of videos and practice a lot on the beach to learn the two skimmings. And once you master it you will have the most fun with this sport. Every beach, wave, sand, board, and person is different so experience and practice will only help you the best. To learn to ride is the most difficult but not impossible.

Lastly, skimboarding is a huge fun water sport for anyone who learns it with patience and practice and experience. Some even find it better than surfing but that is a personal choice. Watch a lot of videos and read about what board to buy and not to. Go out to the beach on regular bases or most frequently as you can that does not mean that you have to live on the beach but practice makes a man perfect, so fall and glide and then finally learn to ride a skimboard. Find what is best for you, in terms of board and then you go buying it. Keep the location in check with surf wax and your body in check and fit. We hope to have helped you to enjoy skimboarding.

How to Practice Skimboarding at Home

Skimmboard for home

If you’re enthusiastic about watercraft sports like surfing, water skiing, skimboarding, etc. skimboarding is a perfect water sport for beginners because of its smaller board size. This skimboarding is similar to a surfboard and has a flat bottom with no fin. The gilding of the board is effortless to sail over a water surface or wet sand towards a wave or riding in shallow water edge of oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes. It propelled by human power instead of external sources, which displaces water backward and moves forward.

Initially, a considerable amount of practice is required for the skimboard beginners.  You didn’t always require a beach or river edges to practice, the backyard of your home is also sufficient. There are different ways to arrange a skimboarding setup. But here, all you need is a little area, plastic warps (tarpaulin cover), pool noodles or sand sacks, duct tape, water, and a skimboard.

Skimmboard for home

 

Step 1: Location and tarp

1. Look out for the flat area on your backyard and spread the plastic wrap over 100 feet length and 20 feet width or maybe lesser, based on your convenience for the skimboarding.

2. Make sure that plastic wrap is flawless and the skimboarding area has fewer up and downs.

Step 2: Pool noodles or sand sacks

1. You need to make a wall around the area of a plastic wrap or tarp using pool noodles. Take duct tape and cut it into larger pieces.

2. Place the pool noodles under the tarp and warp out with duct tape, make a certain check to avoid gaps between the pool noodles.

3. Even you can use sand sacks in place of pool noodles, and try to maintain the minimum of a 3-inch wall all around.

Step 3: Final step for the arrangement

1. When the setup is ready, fill out the tarp area with an ample amount of water using a hose.

2. Check out the overall tarp area for any water leakage. Now all the arrangement for the skimboarding is completed.

Step 4:First attempt for skimboarding

1. There different types of Skimboards are available in the market. Do your research in the local shops or take an expert’s advice to get some idea.

2. After selecting the perfect skimboard and don’t forget the wax on the board to avoid feet sliding.

3. If you’re doing the first attempt to get a general idea because it takes running, jumping and balance. Stretch exercises are important before starting the session and try to get a perfect posture.

4. Holding the board is also important while practicing it. One of the preferred techniques for board holdings one hand on the back tail and another hand on the halfway of the side rail.

5. Now it’s time for the first practice on the arrangement you made for the skimboarding. Try to run a smaller distance and when you’re at a good speed, drop your board in front and step leading foot and back foot on the board. Don’t try to jump or hop on the board, it’ll lead you to fall.

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Step 5: Failing and Practicing

1. This technique will help you to maintain good speed and continues practice will improve performance.
2. You have to concentrate on the posture will skimboarding and try to step your foot in the middle of the board.

3. There are various methods available for practice at home. This method is safer and avoids you to get hurt.