Skimboarding – Choosing your Equipment

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Skimboarding Expert Morgan Just discusses choosing your equipment.

    Morgan Just: Hi! My name is Morgan Just with Victoria Skimboards. Today, I am teaching you how to skimboard. Right now, we're talking about equipment. Right here we have all our boards we like to use, from beginner to advanced. We have a wooden skimboard, which is really great for sliding on the sand, and getting your footing placement.

    Now woody is what you are going to want to use when you first out with skimboarding; you are not going to want to use it once you are advanced and you get your skills down because it's a little slower, but it is good for just running, dropping, and sliding across the sand. Once you get the woody down, you can go up to the next board which is foamie and that will help with your wave riding.

    Difference between a woody and a foamie is, woody is a little heavier and a foam board is lighter, and they can float on the water better. So let's take a look at what a foamie looks like. Here is a foamie. Now a foamie is a board that's good for learning how to ride waves, this is the next step up from a woody, and you can wrap away and bring it back to shore with a foamie. Once you get the basic skills of learning how to ride a wave, you can bump it up to the next board which is a polyvac. I'll show you what a polyvac looks like. Polyvac is a little bit longer, a little bit bigger, a little bit lighter. It's easier to do tricks with, and then it's little more stable when you land your tricks and feels better on your feet, it glides a lot better. Once you get your polyvac down, you want to advance up and get a really, really solid high performance board, you can bump it up to your pro model. I'll show you what my pro model looks like, right here. This is the Morgan Just 2009 Pro Model. I am going to shape it exactly the way I like it. It's a custom skimboard for me, and if you have a similar style, it works out good for you too. The thing I like about this one is, it's a little flatter, less rocker and it's faster. I definitely recommend it for intermediate skimboarders to advanced, because it helps you get out to farther waves, and it helps you to do a higher performance on the waves, better tricks, easier to land and easier to pop them. It's got some nice rails, nice everything just for holding around the wave, and better wave riding. Once you get the boards down, you pick the right board for yourself, move over to traction pads, like X-Trak right here for these pads. Draw on the tail, one right here, half way up the board, and then the wax, you just want to rub all around the board. I like to wax from tail pad all the way up pass here, up towards the nose, just because my feet can land anywhere on the board. So I like to keep it all waxed up and sticky. In terms of things that you want to wear; you want to make sure you are not cold out there in the water. So if it's a nice, hot, sunny day, all you need is some board shorts, some sunblock and you are good to go. When it gets a little bit nappier, says, a little breeze out in the water, some making you shiver, you can move up to wetsuit top, which is really good for just keeping that wind off of you, and also keeping the sun off of you. So once you get this wetsuit top down, say, it's really, really cold out in the water one day, and you might want to go out and invest in a full suit. Now you can get these at any surf shop in Southern California, for usually two or three hundred bucks. And that covers equipment, now we are going to tell you about beach locations, and how to choose the right beach.