Buy a skimboard
Perhaps you are looking for a skimboard, but you don't know exactly what a skimboard is and what its purpose is. Find out everything about a skimboard below! With a skimboard you can surf on a thin layer of water on the beach or in a puddle. Are you not one for hours of sunbathing, but you want to do something active on the beach? Then take a look at our skimboards. Telstar Surf sells among others skimboards of the brand Victoria Skimboards.
The purpose of a skimboard
The goal of a skimboard is to stay on the skimboard for as long as possible. As soon as there is a thin layer of water on the beach, throw your skimboard forward, run after it and jump on the skimboard. Timing plays an important role when using a skimboard.
What should I look for when buying a skimboard?
Before buying a skimboard, it is very important to take into account a number of things. Think about the types of skimboards, the size and the tail of the skimboard. Once you have purchased your ideal skimboard, you will enjoy it for a long time! Below is explained per category what to pay attention to.
Types of skimboards
There are two types of skimboards to choose from, a skimboard made of foam or a wooden skimboard.
- Skimboard foam: A board made of foam is lighter, more flexible and thicker compared to a wooden skimboard. This has the biggest advantage that the skimboard floats more easily on the waves. In addition, a skimboard made of foam is more suitable for intermediate to advanced riders, because with a board made of foam you can also surf towards the waves.
- Wooden skimboard: A wooden board is heavier compared to a board made of foam, therefore wooden boards have less buoyancy. We therefore recommend that you only use a wooden skimboard in shallow water. In addition, a wooden board is more suitable for beginners, as it allows you to learn how to stand on the skimboard in shallow water. However, a wooden board is also ideal to buy if you regularly perform tricks with your skimboard on rails, for example, because the wood is stronger and more resistant.
The size of a skimboard depends heavily on several factors, such as your height, weight, experience, style and speed. But in addition, surfers also have their own preference for a small or large board.
Our advice for beginning surfers is to buy a bigger skimboard. Why do we give this advice? Because with a bigger skimboard you can practice your balance easier than on a smaller skimboard. In addition, a larger board can support your weight better, so you learn faster how skimboarding works exactly.
Our advice for experienced surfers, is to buy a smaller skimboard. Why do we give this advice? Because smaller skimboards are more maneuverable, so you can also practice fun tricks with them!
The tail and rocker of the skimboard
In addition to the type of skimboard and the size of the board, don't forget to look at the rocker and tail of the board. The tail means the "tail" of the skimboard. There are three types of tails, namely the pin tail, square tail and W-tail.
- Pin tail: The pin tail provides good balance in the water. Beginners often choose a pin tail to master balance.
- Square tail: The square tail stimulates the agility of the board. Advanced riders choose a square or W-tail more quickly, because tricks are easier to execute.
- W-tail: The W-tail stimulates, just like the square tail, the agility of the board. Advanced riders are more likely to choose a W-tail or square tail, because tricks are easier to perform.
There are also twintip skimboards, where the nose and tail have the same shape. This has the advantage that you can surf with the board in both directions. The two most common twintip shapes are Streamline and Proto.
- Streamline: The Streamline shape offers more maneuverability compared to a Proto shape. Many beginner surfers choose this because you quickly get used to the skimboard and develop a feel for skimboarding.
- Proto: The Proto shape offers more stability compared to the Streamline shape. Advanced sufers often choose this shape, because stability is very nice when performing tricks.
The rocker of the skimboard is the last point to look at. There are two types of rockers, the Shallow rocker and the Streeper rocker.
- Shallow rocker: The Shallow rocker has a flatter nose and is therefore more suitable for calm water. This allows you to achieve more speed.
- Streeper rocker: The Streeper rocker has a curved nose, making this board more suitable for surfing over wavy water.