First things first: there are two different types of skimboarding: ocean skimboarding, and flatland skimboarding.
Here at White Rock Skimboarding, we are all about flatland skimboarding.
I would say flatland skimboarding is a perfect mix between surfing, and skateboarding – You have the ability to perform tricks similar to skateboarding (such as the Ollie and pop shuv-it) while skimming across the water similar to surfing. The literal definition of flatland skimboarding is:
“a form of skimboarding practiced on non-coastal waters, such as a river, lake, stream or puddle. It uses a wooden board about three times as wide as a skateboard and one and a half times as long.”
Flatland skimboarding originated almost 50 years after ocean skimming came to fruition at Laguna Beach in California. Lifeguards at the beach would ride wooden planks across the thin layer of water, and the sport only advanced from that point. Today skimboarding is one of the most high-tech water sports anywhere, while continuing to be one of the smallest.
Anyone can flatland skimboard if you don’t mind getting a little wet and sandy. It is a super simple sport to get into, all you really need is the board! Most people find the hardest part actually jumping onto the board while it is moving. Once you get that down, it just become a super addicting and fun sport to do in the summer!