Skimboarding is a really fun water sport get involved with but the amount of enjoyment you have will be enhanced if you apply the proper technique to your boarding. There are all sorts of different things that you need to consider when you start skim boarding, and therefore you should think about these basic tips on using skim boards properly.
One top tip to remember is that you should always choose the right skim board method. You should always match the methods that you choose to adopt with the beach that you are looking to skim board on. If you are on a flat beach then you simply need to skim over the shallow water. On more steep beaches you can ride the waves more like you would when you are surfing.
Choosing a type of board for the appropriate method and beach is important. In essence when you are looking to do some flat skim boarding you should be choosing a board that is more discs shaped. When you are choosing to do wave skim boarding then it is more appropriate to have a mini 'surfboard'.
Mounting the board is also very important. You should move onto the board as if you are running straight onto it and never jump onto it. The board is most likely to move with the specific direction of your motion and therefore you need to run onto it at speed in order to ride the waves most efficiently.
Position your feet in the appropriate place as well, ideally towards the back of the skim board. The correct position for your feet will be extremely important towards your balance on the board.
Safety is important as well. While many people will simply go out there and try to have some fun, if you want to take skim boarding seriously then you need to stretch properly before and after every session to avoid injury.