Taking a trip to the beach? Well relaxing and reading is nice, even more fun is riding the waves near shore with a skimboard.
In no time at all you can become an expert rider!
To help you make the best of your time at the beach we have created this guide to the best skimboards that are worth considering.
Avoid the mistake of buying a cheap Walmart or Walgreens skimboard that will separate and come apart by the end of the day.
By spending a little extra you can get a quality skimboard.
Quick Answer: The 5 Best Skimboards For 2017
- Wave Zone Skimboards 41″ Fiberglass Wave Zone Edge
- BeachMall Deluxe Wood SkimBoard
- ‘GATOR’ Skimboard by BPS
- Liquid Shredder Wood EVA Deck Skimboard
- Wave Rebel Local Motion Wood Laminate Skim Board
First lets take a look at the skimboards, then we’ll talk about how to choose the right board for you. Here is a feature overview of my top 3 overall picks with full reviews and our buying guide below.
These 41-inch fiberglass boards are individually handcrafted in the USA. They are made with a foam core which helps the board to float more easily.
They have a gel coating and finished with fiberglass for a smooth finish that easily glides across the water.
Graphic art and design featured on the boards is unique to each board as a mark of each board’s individuality and handcrafted quality. This board is good for beginner to intermediate riders weighing up to 130 pounds.
You can purchase just the board but Amazon does offer a package deal in which you can purchase the board with a carrying bag and traction pad included.
Whether you decide to purchase the package or the board alone, Wave Zone will include a free container of surf wax, stickers and a signed note from the Wave Zone owner. This is not a cheap board like you might get a Walmart, but something that is going to last a longtime!
Overall, it is a bit pricier than your typical beginner to intermediate skimboards but for individualized handcrafted boards, you are naturally going to pay more for it than you would a skimboard that is punched out by a machine in mass production.
The handcrafted quality makes it one of the best skimboards and worth the extra money. If you have hopes of becoming more serious about skimboarding in the future, the Wavezone is your best bet.
The entire deck of this skimboard is covered with a diamond shaped EVA Traction Pad allowing for a good grip no matter where you step on the board’s surface. Compared to other boards, this board is stronger and more durable because of its solid wood core.
Instead of being made of laminate layers, it only has one piece of wood, making it less likely to fall apart with time. With three sizes and nine colors to choose from, this is a great board for beginners of almost any size.
Coated with a protective layer of resin, this makes the board stronger and less likely to be damaged from normal use. The W-shaped tail allows for easy movement through the water and better control.
It is important to note that because the board is solid wood, it is heavier and is more likely to sink under the water but it is also a lot less likely to be caught by the wind and blown away.
For about $50, you will get a good skimboard to take to the beach and will last more than a few days. While you aren’t going to get a professional board with amazing quality at this price like the Wavezone.
The board is rated for riders up to 140 pounds for the 41 inch board but I think they are being a bit cautious, you honestly could push it up to 180 pounds with some practice.
If your looking for some fun in the surf and sun, this board is a great option! Probably the best beginner skimboard for the money.
The “Gator” by Bullet Proof Surf features a standard plywood construction with an epoxy coating so its completely sealed. I like the EVA deck that gives you solid traction on the board, no need for waxing.
BPS gave the Gator enough rocker to cruise through rougher surf than many other skimboards would be able to handle.
The Gator is available in 3 sizes, 30, 35 and the 41 inch for boarders over 150 pounds and 4 colors so everyone can have their own style.
BPS stands behind the skimboard and offers an unprecedented 12 month warranty where you can return the board and anytime for any reason! I think the Gator is the best skimboard under $50.
The Liquid Shredder has a standard plywood core and a layered EVA Traction Pad that doesn’t need waxing. Available in two sizes and rwo colors, you should be able to find a design that is good for you. Depending on the size, the board weighs between 3 and 5 pounds and can support riders up to 140 pounds.
The diamond shaped grooves in the traction pad help to make the board easier to grip, even when wet and allows for easier use for beginners and intermediate riders alike.
The resin coated top and bottom of the board not only give it a nice shiny finish, but it also provides a smooth surface that glides over the water with ease.
This isn’t a high performance trick board but for less than $50 you can’t get one of those. But this board proves that you can get a pretty good quality board for beginner riders that is strong, sturdy and rides well.
This “woodie” has a laminate deck and comes is three different sizes, 35”, 40” and 45”. Designed for beginners, with a 12” wide tail and 20” wide deck, riders have enough room to easily hop on the board when the water calls.
Available in four different colors, you can find the board that suits your personality the best. The hardwood laminate makes the board tough so you don’t have to worry about the shells and rocks on the shore. It also glides across the water with ease.
My biggest complaint is that after a while, the laminate began to chip off or separate around the edges of the board.
This is definitely not a professional, long lasting skimboard by any means but for less than $40, it’s a great board for beginners to get out there and start learning and decide if skimboarding is really something they want to learn.
Once you become a better rider, you can upgrade to a better skimboard like the Wavezone.
How to Choose the Best Skimboard for You
Skimboarding is an awesome board sport that tests your balance, power of observation and your general physical fitness level.
Whether you are just starting out and looking for a beginner board to get started or you are looking to up your game with a more advanced model with better features, one thing still remains true. Know what the market has to offer.
Skims boards are not a one-size fits all kind of thing. There are many different models, shapes, sizes and even special features that can improve your boarding experience.
Deciding which features are worth it for you personally is important to having a truly magical ride as you glide across the surface of the water like an airplane glides through the air.
How are you supposed to know which features and boards are right for you? That is a very good question. Where do you even get started? That is an even better question. This guide is going to be your starting point, it will even help you to start figuring out which features are right for you. Let’s get started.
Types of Skimboards
Before you can start shopping around, you first need to have a basic understanding of the types of skimboards that you can purchase. There are two primary types of skimboards: wave riding and flatland/inland. Each type of board is used for a different form of skimboarding.
Wave Riding – When people talk about “skimboards”, they are usually talking about those used for wave riding. These are the most common skimboards used in competition and by professionals and amateurs alike.
Though their shape is generally the same, the actual features and who they are built for can differ greatly. Some options available are foam boards, fiberglass boards, and carbon fiber boards. All three of these boards materials have their strengths and weaknesses and each one requires a special skill set or training in order to use them well.
Flatland/Inland – These skimboards are often called “woodies” because they are usually made of wood. These boards are known for their toughness.
Rocks, shells and other obstacles don’t stand a chance against a good solid woodie. There are two main types of woodies: trick boards and cruising boards. Cruising boards are also called pintails because of their curved shape.
Considerations For Skimboards
There are two extremes when it comes to the weight of a skimboard and you typically want to avoid both extremes. You need to find the happy medium between too heavy and too light. If it is too heavy, the board won’t be able to glide across the water and will instead sink to the bottom.
Speed is important, in order to catch the waves, you must be faster than the waves. To do this, you need a board that is capable of reaching a good quality speed while still allowing you to have control and balance on the board.
Also known as a nose lift, this is what enables you to control the board. There are typically three types of rockers. A constant rocker is means the curve between the front and back of the board remains the same. If you are planning to catch waves, you will probably want a constant rocker because it allows for better control on the bigger waves.
The most common type of rocker is the hybrid. The bottom of the back of the board is generally flat, while the center and front of the board have a slight curve.
The third type of rocker is the traditional rocker, only the very tip of the board has a curve and the rest of the board is flat.
Rockers are best decided on by what type of skimboarding you will be doing. Big waves verses shoreline is the biggest difference. Constant for big. Traditional for shoreline. Hybrid for a combination of both.
Flexibility is where you add your own flavor to your boarding. The unique tricks and the way that you ride are key to deciding on the flexibility of the board. If you are new to skimboarding, play with a few different ideas. Be creative and have fun, that’s the only way to figure out how the flexibility of a board works for or against you.
The boards listed in this buying guide are just a few of the many options out there on the market. This buying guide focuses mostly on boards for beginners but you can still use this guide for figuring out what you want if you are interested in purchasing more advanced boards or high performance trick boards as well.
Until you get out there and start looking around, you will never know what you might find. Starting with a budget and knowing how you will be using your skimboard should be first on your “to do” list.
Once you have answers to both how those questions, then you will know what features to start looking for in your new board. You might be surprised by the amazing deals and boards on the market. Good luck and happy skimming!
I hope this guide was helpful for finding the best skimboard to fit your needs. If you want to comment or recommend a board I didn’t include, please use my contact form to get in touch.
Have fun and be safe out there!