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How To Skimboard

When it comes to action sports, there are still a few that I haven't had a chance to try. And skimboarding is one of them.

I first saw skimboarding at Dash Point Park in Federal Way, a popular local spot and the place of an annual skimboarding competiotion. It looks like a lot of fun, and a great fitness workout.

From the little that I know, there are two types of skimboarding : flatland and wave-riding.

 Flatland, as you can probably guess, is practiced on flat beaches. The tricks you perform are very similar to skateboarding. Also, because this type of skimboarding doesn't "use waves" they often use rails and other objects to increase the difficulty and to have the possibility to perform a bigger variety of tricks.

When wave-riding, skimboarders use their momentum to skim out to breaking waves, which they then catch back into shore in a manner similar to surfing. Wave riding skim is considered to be more advanced than sand/flatland skim because of its difficulty. Usually flatland skim is learnt first and then you move on to wave riding.

I would love to try both types !

Check out the video below, and see if skimboarding is something you might give a try this summer...

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