SKIMBOARD BUYING GUIDE
Choosing the right shape, size, and flex is critical to getting the most out of your skimboard. This buyers guide will walk you through the ins and outs of each option so you can make an informed decision and pick the perfect board for you.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHAPE
Streamline: Narrow mid section makes for a maneuverable board that turns well. The large nose and tail combined with the gently curving rails allows this shape to ollie well and spin flat. Best for bank slides, ollies, speed runs, small waves.
Thomas: This shape falls between the streamline and the proto. A wide mid section and side cuts offer increased stability and straight tracking. The wide noes and tail borrow from the streamline to provide extra pop for ollies and more control in blunt slides.
Proto: The proto’s side cuts, wide waist, and narrow nose and tail provide the perfect middle ground between maneuverability and stability. A team favorite for everything form technical tricks to long rides and bank slides.
Raza: Adapted from the Sacramento shape to offer slightly more maneuverability and lighter swing weight at the nose and tail. This board is tuned for the most technical tricks and maximum pop.
Sacramento: The extra wide waist and profile of this board are designed to increase speed over the water, pop, and control. Double side cuts help straight tracking and effortless pop. This shape is ideal for technical flatland tricks and jibs.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE & SHAPE
Size and flex are a critical decisions when finding the right board for you. Like ying and yang, peanut butter and jelly, and any other delicate balance there is no absolute right answer, you need to determine your personal preference between, flex, weight, and physical size and find the right board for you.
Flexability (layup): The “layup” (physical materials) that give a board it’s structure combined with the shape profile of a board determine the amount of flexibility in the deck. Boards with more flex are generally lighter in weight and easier to trim, but can be more difficult to ride and less responsive / stable for technical tricks.
Flexy: Most flexible and lightest weight layup (Flex Series Boards)
Stiff: Mid flex and mid weight (Standard Series Boards)
Rigid: Very Stiff and heavy (Used on the Thomas Pro)
Size: Each shape we offer comes in multiple variations of length and width. Larger boards offer more skimmable surface area but also increase the weight of the board. Smaller boards are light and easier to pop but can be difficult to control. Make sure to match your weight to our recommendation on our sizing guide. If you are highly experienced you may want to experiment with smaller boards that allow for more technical maneuvers.
STILL NOT SURE?
These guides are meant to be a recommendation but not the rule. There are plenty of special cases and exceptions that may lead you to veer off of our standard recommendations.
If you are every in doubt, make sure to drop us a line via chat, email, or phone. Info@skimx.se