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How To Catch A Wave On A Skimboard?

Skimboarding is an enthralling sport for those who enjoy water sports. In summers people mostly prefer to spend their leisure time at seashores swimming and having fun with the tides. Sure, skimboarding is an exciting experience, but how to skimboard on a wave is a question that concerns many, especially beginners.

Fret not because we are going to help with that. How? Keep on reading to know the basics of how to catch a wave on a skimboard?

Remember To Choose The Right Board

The first step that you need to do is invest in the correct board. Instead of a wooden board, buy a 'foamie.' These are specially designed to ride waves and are lighter in weight.

Even though these are pricey, if you plan on skimming waves, these will be your best friend. Their durability, light-weight feel, and buoyancy make them the perfect candidate for riding a wave on a skimboard.

Choose The Correct Wave

Once you have settled down on the correct skimboard, the next crucial step is choosing the right wave. While selecting the perfect wave, keep the following points in mind:

  • Look for a beach that serves your purpose best. Settle on a beach where the waves are small and break near the shore.

  • Once you spot a wave that you think is suitable for you, keep a distance of about ten feet from the water and prepare yourself to throw your board down.

  • Quickly start making your way to the water once a wave breaks. If you are a beginner, don't bolt straight away as you might fall off once you get yourself on the board.

Mounting The Skimboard Successfully

The next step that many beginners find intimidating is mounting the skimboard and staying on top. Look out for a thin layer of water on the sand that is your cue to throw your board down. The trick is not to throw it away from yourself but to throw it down. While mounting your board, keep the following points in mind:

  • Remember to throw your board down, not away.

  • It would be best if you used your back leg first while running onto it. Then place your front foot down on it.

  • If you are a beginner, don't jump on the board; instead, your back leg should be the focus of your bodyweight.

  • This technique will help you to glide through the water without falling off.

Do A Wrap

If you are a beginner, you can find it easy to do a traditional wrap on a smaller wave closer to the shore. Once you have successfully mounted your board, maintain your balance, and keep gliding. Then while bending your knees, turn your board around toward the sand by dropping down your backhand.

This shift in body weight will help to turn your skimboard around while you are riding the wave. Once you have accomplished the ever so famous 180-degree turn, make sure you evenly distribute your weight back to the board. So, it is how you skimboard small waves.


Now you know how to skimboard waves. By following these simple and easy skimboarding tips and techniques, you can become a pro at skimboarding even if you are a beginner.

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