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Skimboarding

Trend sport on puddles

Skimboarding is like skateboarding. Not on wheels but on water. It’s a trend sport where you can have a lot of fun and, most of all, it’s just right for your next seaside holiday.

GLIDING OVER WATER

The word skimboarding can be described as gliding over water using a board on which you stand.  When “skimming” you need to throw the board with some force away from yourself, making sure that it lands on the surface of the water, and then you take a running jump onto the board and finally gliding away on the water. There is no need to skim board where the water is deep. A depth no larger than the width of your hand is sufficient. Even a large puddle will be enough for action and fun. Still, beginners should make their first attempts in shallow water at the edge of a lake or the sea. it is true you would get wet but at least the water is clean.

ALL YOU NEED IS A BOARD!

Skimboards are typically between 90 and 130 cm. long, 40 to 60 cm wide and are thinner than traditional surfboards. For beginners it’s worthwhile to start off with a low-price board. Wooden skim boards can be had for as little as 20 euros. Experienced skim borders prefer boards of polyester, carbon or fibreglass with a core of wood or foam. You will, however, need to spend more money for such a masterpiece, as the cheapest cost 150 euros. But don’t forget, whether you’re a beginner or a genuine expert, your skimboard takes up much less room than you need for the equipment – and clothing – for other sports.

 

 

 

© Jan Kuchenbecker

NO BEACH? NO PROBLEM!

Since skimboarding has become ever more popular in the last few years, mobile skimboard facilities have emerged some distance away from the coast. Many open-air swimming baths install for the summer months skimboarding facilities, normally 25 m long, as an additional attraction. Not only that, but event agents hire out these facilities, for example for birthday celebrations. And if there is neither a beach nor a mobile skimboarding facility nearby, it can happen that the experts just look out for a damp meadow.

SKIMMING VARIATIONS

Advanced skimboarders will tell you there are three disciplines: flatland skimming, wave skimming and jump skimming. Not only that, but you will want to master ramps and rails – not much different from what you find in skateboarding. In the case of wave skimming, skimmers go straight out to low waves and attempt to surf on these waves. A lot of fun is the jump skimming version. You glide into a wave, jump once you’ve reach the wave’s crest and then make a somersault or some other acrobatic figure.

BECOMING AN EXPERT – STEP BY STEP

For the first few times you’re on your skimboard you will find this arduous and you end up with a lot of bruises. No wonder: choppy water doesn’t stay in one place. So, for your first training sessions, you should look out for a beach with fine sand and no pebbles. Even the smallest pebbles can cause painful wounds, whereas fine sand is good for soft landings. With every new attempt you will get to know the properties of your board better and also how to maintain balance and a perfect posture. After that you’ll be thinking about the tricks you’ll be able to perform.