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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What is Skimboarding?

Skimboarding is a sport similar to surfing which takes place "on the sand" or near the shore. This site is mainly focused on skimboarding on the sand. Really you don't skim on the sand, the board slides on a thin film of water covering the sand. If you live near an ocean then you can do this on the beach as the waves come in. If you don't live near a beach you can still skim. Try rivers, streams, flooded fields, large puddles, tarps, etc. Anyplace you can find a thin film of water. How thin does it need to be? The laws of physics say that the thinner the film of water, the farther you will go. But if it's too thin the board will stick to the sand and then you'll be introduced to two more laws of physics; Inertia and gravity.
First you need to find a place with a thin film of water. Once you found some water to skim on, hold the board and start running. At first you might want to go slow, don't go faster than you are prepared to fall. Once you've reached the speed your comfortable with, throw the board down in front of you. While the board is sliding on the water, keep running and either jump or "run" onto the board. Make sure you keep your knees bent and try to keep your center of gravity over the middle of the board. Try to land with your back foot near the back of the board and your front foot about halfway up the board. Now your on the board, just don't fall off and your skimming.

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