Skimboarding basics

Skimboarding or skimming as it’s also known by is an action-filled sport where the riders use a skimboard to glide from the shore across the water to meet an incoming wave and ride it back to the beach.

But skimboarding is not only about riding the perfect wave; In Flatland skimboarding, the borders are out on still water with no waves. This allows the skimboarders to perform all sorts of tricks like an Ollie, Shove It and Kick Flip, tricks that are known from the world of skateboarding. Furthermore, Skimboarders are also using flyouts for doing tricks.

The skimboard

A skimboard is in many ways like a small surfboard without the fins and leash. In this category, you’ll find all sorts of skimboards in many different designs and colours and made from many different materials such as wood, fibreglass or carbon fibre.

A lot of the skimboard you’ll find in this category have a nose lift or rocker. When you’re looking at skimboard rockers, you will typically divide it into three different categories.

The constant rocker

Means that the board has a constant curve from the nose to the tale, which provides the rider with better control on big waves and steep slopes.

The hybrid rocker

This is another popular type of rocker. It has a curve on the bottom through about 3/4 of the board's length, the rest (meaning the flat part) is usually the tail. This design provides its rider with both great speed and control on the smaller waves. This is also the main type of rocker used for flatland.

The traditional rocker

This type of rocker is completely flat except for the nose. A traditional rocker is typically used in places where the waves are far out.