A skimboard is like a shorter fin-less surfboard that’s used to “skim” across waves as they break on the beach. It’s a unique watersport and a skimboard can make for a great addition to your quiver for a fun day at the beach.
But how do you choose the right skimboard and what should you be looking for? Take a look at this skimboard buying guide to learn more.
What to Look for in a Skimboard
If you’re in the market for a new skimboard, keep the following features in mind:
Skimboard Size and Thickness
Skimboards typically range from 45″ to 47″ in length and between 17.75″ and 23″ in width. It’s a pretty broad range, and the perfect size for you will depend on your skill level and riding style.
Think of it in the context of longboards vs shortboards, as it’s about buoyancy and stability over agility. Smaller skimboards should turn more easily but they won’t glide as well.
The skimboard’s thickness is key, as well, as thicker skimboard will glide better over the waves.
The brand is important when choosing a good skimboard. Some of the best brands available right now include Wavestorm, South Bay Board, DB Skimboards, Victoria Skimboards, Exil Skimboards, and Zap Skimboards.
There are also many lesser-known brands and generic brands on Amazon. If you’re buying from one of the latter, make sure you check the reviews and returns policy.
Don’t expect skimboards to be much cheaper than surfboards just because they are smaller. These skimboard can be quite expensive, although the price varies greatly from brand to brand.
If you’re completely new to this sport and are just checking to see if it’s for you, it’s important to spend as little as possible. But you still want a skimboard that will do the job and last for years, so it’s really more about value than price.
Take a look at the section below for more information.