When you hear the word skimboarding, what comes to mind? Watching the next wave roll out as you sprint full speed parallel to the water’s edge with board in tow? Yeah me too, until a few weeks ago.
Believe it or not, skimboarding dates back to the late 1920’s when Laguna Beach lifeguards used pieces of wood to “skim” quickly down the beach to reach those in distress. Skimming along the shore definitely has it’s perks and if you can make it out onto an actual wave, more power to you. But the sport has definitely come a long way and lucky for us, riders have become much more creative with their choice of terrain.
If you are like most people, the beach might not be as close as one would like and your dreams of skimming the coast and riding waves have been crushed by the sounds of urban life. No need for the pity party just yet, we give you: flatland skimboarding. Flatland skimboarding combines the best of surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding and has been growing in recent years and for good reason. You can skim damn near anywhere. A river, a flooded street, your backyard, even a puddle are all options in the world of flatland skimboarding.
But before you set off on your next skimboard adventure you need a solid board and unfortunately there are only a few companies manufacturing a board specifically for the flatland skimboard market. Lucky for you, we are taking the guesswork out of your search. We had the opportunity to catch up with DB Skimboards out of Washington and I am happy to say that these guys did not disappoint. The company originated in 2003 when a group of friends decided to start making skimboards for themselves in their garage. Fast forward to 2016 and these guys are still hand-crafting every single board. Their production facility may have changed but their mantra has remained the same: to live life pursing adventure and riding the best boards possible.
So what makes DB’s boards so unique? Let’s back up to what makes flatland boards different from other boards on the market. In general, flatland skimboards have a different shape, size, and less rocker than your traditional wave boards. Goofy or Regular? It doesn’t matter because flatland skimboards are generally bi-directional, meaning they are made to be ridden in either direction. Flatland skimboards are usually made of wood while wave skimboards are usually made with a composite structure.
Make sense? Good. Similar to many companies, much of DB Skimboards’ success relies on its people. Everyone on the DB team is passionate about flatland skimboarding. They have fun, don’t listen to the haters, and their efforts to grow the sport are pretty remarkable. Beyond their people, obviously comes the product itself. Their boards have a special wear resistant base and they were the first company to have a traction foam top on their boards, giving the rider a nice “cooshy” ride that eliminates the need for messy wax. From raw material to finished part, their products constantly push the limits of board design and quality construction.
DB also happens to be huge advocates for the environment and for creating enviro-friendly products. They strive to use only Low VOC and water based chemicals to keep the earth and their employees happy and healthy. 100% of the scrap that is produced from their boards is re-purposed into down-stream products, meaning there is zero landfill waste produced from any of their decks.
This may seem like surface level type of information and it is, for good reason. We want you to spend most of your time checking out the DB Skimboards team tearing it up on as many surfaces as they can come up with in the video below. Bottom line – if you are looking for something new to try this summer, give flatland skimboarding a shot. And if you are in the market for a new board, definitely hit up the guys over at DB Skimboards.