Skim-boarding

Skim-boarding

Skim-boarding

 

Have you ever heard of Skim-boarding, the new coolest thing on the beach? If you haven’t, I will tell you about it. Skim-boarding has also gotten the name Skimming. Skim-boarding is done on a board similar to a surfboard but it is smaller, and it does not have fins. During Skim-boarding, you glide on the water’s surface to then go into a wave or across the sand. To Skim-board you have to run with the board in your hands across the water’s surface, let go of the board, jump onto the board, and start skimming!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Image result for skimboard

Laguna Beach, California, was where skim-boarding became popular. In the late 1920s when lifeguards would skim across sand on pieces of wood. Some Laguna hot spots for skim-boarding are Tenth street, West Street, Treasure Island, Thalia Street, and Crescent Bay. In Dewey Beach, Delaware, every year the World Amateur Championships of Skim-boarding are held on New Orleans Street.  Big Skim-boarding waves are also found in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. However, people skim in many other locations throughout North America, Europe (the main locations being Portugal, France, Spain, United Kingdom & Holland), Australia, Asia, and South America.                                                                                                                                                                                 Image result for skimboarding

Skim-boarding has contests like many other sports. In North America there are two contest that Skim-boarders compete at, United Skim Tour and Skim USA. Within those competitions, there are mini competitions such as the Virgin River Classic held in St. George Utah.  In recent years the United Skim Tour has focused a lot more on professional skim-boarding, while Skim USA has focused on amateurs or skim-boarding who are not as good as people in the United Skim Tour. They had also made a league in Europe called European Skim-boarding league that was created in 2009. I have never been in a league, but i have tried skim-boarding and it’s really fun.

Laguna Beach, California, was where skim-boarding became popular. In the late 1920s when lifeguards would skim across sand on pieces of wood. Some Laguna hot spots for skim-boarding are Tenth street, West Street, Treasure Island, Thalia Street, and Crescent Bay. In Dewey Beach, Delaware, every year the World Amateur Championships of Skim-boarding are held on New Orleans Street.  Big skim-boarding waves are also found in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. However, people skim in many other locations throughout North America, Europe (the main locations being Portugal, France, Spain, United Kingdom & Holland), Australia, Asia, and South America.
Skim-boarding can be very dangerous in many ways, such as going to the hospital or even as bad as breaking bones. The most common breaks or fractures are below the waste. These injuries can happen from the board, rocks in the ocean, or other obstacles on the beaches. Unlike surfing, drawing is not a big issue in skim-boarding because of the shallow water, but it is a possibility for example hurting yourself and not be able to get out of the water and maybe drowning. Just because the water is shallow does not mean the waves are small, the waves very big on shore which is also shore pound. Due to some of these causes most of the injures.


Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skimboarding