Skimboarding is an underestimated sport on the board, the progenitor of which is surfing. Only skimboarders ride more often than not on the crest of a wave, they are well suited for shallow water, wet sand and even wet grass on a golf course. Arriving on the sandy beach, you can see a whole view on the beach. Skimboders start from the wet sand, return to shore, while doing 180 and 360 degrees U-turns, surprising the enthusiastic audience.
More recently, this sport has become known around the world. However, he was born almost 100 years ago in the small resort town of Laguna Beach in Southern California, where the coast is indented with cliffs, small cozy beaches are hidden from roads and prying eyes.
In the 20s of the last century, local residents who were unable to purchase expensive surfboards came up with entertainment for themselves. They began to ride along the shore on ordinary boards made of pieces of plywood from the lining of seaplanes. The board was not given a concrete and clear shape; it was only slightly processed, giving it a decent appearance and oval shape.
Due to the low price of the board, ease and safety in skating, where you do not need to swim deep into, look for and catch a wave, over 40 years more and more California youth began to join this sport. Among these young people were 2 friends – Peter Prietto and Tex Haines. They saw the future for the development of skimboarding, as one of the serious varieties of water sports, and in the 70s jointly founded the company Victoria Skimboards, named after the beloved beach. Officially, the company Victoria Skimboards is still engaged in the production of skimboards, unofficially – under its management, the first competitions on the beach of Laguna Beach began to be held, and the beach itself acquired the status of a gathering center for lovers of this sport. Thanks to the publication of articles and photographs from the Skimboarding Championships in magazines, in the 80s he earned great popularity. And already in the 90s – the whole world recognized him.
Skimboarding has appeared recently in Russia, but every year it attracts the attention of young people more and more. In many regional centers, skinboard clubs and specially equipped venues were opened, and the Gulf of Finland became a favorite place for skimboarders to relax and hold local championships.
The ability to ride skimboarding is obliged to the principles of gliding, when the board glides along the water surface due to the speed of the water pressure under it. With the development of this sport, he acquired several areas and skiing techniques.
Sand skimboarding – the beginning of the beginnings, skating on the simplest board and a minimum of tricks. The maximum that a skimboarder can do is maneuver between sand castles. Even children can do it, because for this you absolutely do not need to be able to swim.
Wave skimboarding. Very similar to surfing, but you don’t have to swim anywhere. At the moment when the wave is almost gone, and there is water on the sand, the skimboarder throws the board forward and jumps on it. Due to the lightness of the board, athletes perform tricks that are impossible for surfing, very similar to tricks with a skateboard.
Freestyle Flatland. Absolutely any shallow water and stunning tricks are provided. With the rotation of the body, with the rotation of the board, with ramps and pipes. It all depends on the imagination!
Skimboarding is a sport of healthy and addicted people who are not constrained by weather conditions, lack of ocean and special equipment. Do not need to search for high waves and the ability to swim. Having tried to slide on a skimboard once, he will become a friend for life!