The sport of the skimboard is one of the most fun and increasingly popular sports in the world. In skimboarding, you use a skimboard (essentially a small, finless surfboard) to glide across sand or water and ride waves.
If you’ve never tried skimboarding before, the sport may seem a little intimidating at first. However, by getting the right skimboard for you, finding a good spot, and mastering basic skimboarding techniques, you can learn how to skimboard in no time!
Skimboarding is ideal for experienced surfers looking for something to do when there are no waves or very small waves. It is also a perfect activity for kids, or anyone looking for new thrills on the beach.
The Best Skimboarding Tricks for Beginners
Once you have mastered your takeoff and skimming along on flat water, it’s time to learn some tricks. If you want to up your skimboarding game, then try out some of these beginner-friendly tricks below:
Flat spins: placing your back hand in the water when you are at a speed. This will cause you to spin.
One footer: Riding while balancing on one foot.
Kneel down: Lowering the back knee to touch the board while skimming at a high speed.
Kick out: Before you lose speed while riding, you push the board forward with a flick of your front foot and hop back onto the board.
Shuv-it: Ride fast along a flat plain of water, push your back foot down flicking the board backward. At the same time, you use your front foot to flick the board forward. Then your feet catch the board and you continue riding.
Wrap: This is when you skim in a straight line towards an oncoming wave and do a U-turn up off the wave. Then you ride straight back to the point you launched from.
Hippy jump: When you approach an object that the board can slide under and you jump over, landing back on the moving board.
Ollie: An ollie is a really difficult trick, but an important one for opening up a whole new world of other tricks. This is the same idea as the skateboarding maneuver. Bend down low while riding at a speed, and as you come back up you apply pressure on the back foot. Just up while doing this, and the board should follow. You then land back on the water and keep riding.
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