Buying a skimboard is relatively easy if you know exactly what specifications you would like to have. The specifications will depend upon your style, your preference, and your degree of expertise. You should buy something that suits you and that you could manipulate easily.
Skimboarding is similar to surfing because they are both water sports and are done at sea, but skimboarding is “skimming” on shallow waters where the sand and surf meet, whereas surfing needs big waves to do the activity.
There are several things to consider before buying a skimboard, and these are:
1. Your budget
How much are you willing to spend? There are various boards available that could suit you. The least expensive ones like the foam skimboards can easily fit into your budget. For the more expensive and durable ones, go with boards made up of e-glass or s-glass (structural fiber glass), these would maximize the performance of your boards and ensure durability and ease of use.
2. Degree of expertise
If you are a beginner, you should use a different board; a light board is recommended. This is because it is easily manageable and apt for persons who are still learning the ropes.
3. The size of the board
Are you big or petite in frame? How much weight can you carry? Select a board that you can easily carry around, drop and throw at the brim of the surf. It should also be able to accommodate your body frame. If you’re tall and heavy, then select a board that could accommodate your weight and height.
4. The place where you like to skim
If you prefer to sand skim, a different board is used for this. A thinner board should be utilized because there is lesser water to carry you over. Selecting the wrong board could prevent you from skimming properly and can even injure you.
5. The purpose for which you will be using it
If you are to join a contest, then you should select the best board available. The lighter it is, the better it will be. It should also be durable and easy to maneuver. Carbon coated skimboards would give you durability, hardness and lightness. This is what is best for skimboard competitions. Although the price is expensive, it pays to select the best as this would ensure your success.
The vital thing to remember is to buy a board that you feel comfortable with; that you can easily pick up, drop and skim into. Selecting the right board for your particular specifications is the key to successful skimboarding.