Skimboard Techniques

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Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:28 am

Just bought a skimboard. Any tips/advice on starting out?
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Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:39 am

It's not as hard as it looks (to just ride around anyway).

For a deep water start, just place your heels where you want them to be when you're riding. You can move the kite a little and the slight downwind pull will push the board onto your feet but this isn't usually necessary. Then just board start as normal. It's a bit less forgiving if you get too much pull from the kite but otherwise identical to a twin tip.

For a shallow water start, just place your front foot gently on the board with it pointing slightly downwind. Dive the kite and step onto the board.

Try it in flat water to being with. No point making things harder than it need be initially. Have fun riding it for a bit. Ride it switch like a twin tip or stop and turn it round. Later on you'll be thinking about gybing, shuvits, etc.

I'm a fairly average kiter and if I can nail riding it first time out then anyone can.
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Tue Jul 18, 2006 4:22 pm

So far my Skim techique is to leave it on the beach to make sure the wind stays nukin
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Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:10 pm

If this stays near the top long enough Skyte will see it and offer his words of wisdom.

I agree with how simple it is to get going. The hardest thing for me was getting of the thought that it would be difficult. That and body dragging when the board shot out from beneath my feet on a turn!

Two tip I've learnt. Waves are annoying as hell, so get the board in position and just go. Wax melts on hot July days! Wear booties for extra grip if you can bear the shame!

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Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:38 pm

Booties? Wakeskate shoes, mate. Look cooler and your feet are now indestructible.
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Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:03 pm

Skimboarding can be tricky, but try and relax and not get too hung up about having no straps (&fins!) No straps is hard if the water's not flat so you have to use your legs to try and cushion the chop like suspension. Because the board drops awya from your feet, you have to anticipate this and be pressing down at the right moment(s).

It's a bit sketchier getting up, but essentially the same principal as a normal board, just have to keep the skimboard in the right place by pressing on the board, not hooking your feet in the straps.

It's tempting to keep your front foot biased towards the heel edge, which is fine, but means you have to shift your foot a long way across the board to rock onto your toeside edge with any pressure. I try to ride with the ball of my front foot in the centre of the board and use it to direct the board, pivotting on my back foot which has about 60-70% of my weight on it.

Persevere through the initial "lookin like a complete beginner" phase and you'll find it's not too hard and quite satisfying to gybe/shuvvit and make it back to where you started.

If ya get into it there's some tired clips here... I really must do some more :-)
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