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Carving on Skimboard

Postby JHydro » Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:46 am

I recently started riding a Skimboard while kiting and really love it. I love the fast and loose feel of a flat board with no fins and am amazed how well this relatively small board performs and goes upwind and it's a ton of fun riding small waves, working on tacks and transitions, and even doing some strapless jumps into the wind. I really got inspired after watching Dave Scott ride, simply amazing how smooth and skilled he is and can really appreciate it after seeing how difficult it is just to stay on a skimboard.

My question is how does he carve so hard and especially toeside? I feel like I have to edge very lightly toeside otherwise my board just slips out from under me and I fall. Part of the problem is I'm just riding a homemade plywood skimboard 48" x 21" but I do have a custom Slotstik 330 on the way but probably won't get it for another week or so. Is this a function of how sharp the rails are, the rocker in the board, or just rider skill?? I'd like to be able to slash waves really hard and throw huge fans of water. Also, what is the best front foot placement, keep it in the middle all the time, or move it from edge to edge to weight the rail? I live in the midwest so I normally ride lakes but we do get some 3 to 4 foot rollers that are super fun to surf on a skimboard.

Maybe it's just the board I'm using, very excited to get the new Slotsitk. Does board width make a huge difference? Any advice on the mechanics of carving and board characteristics would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Carving on Skimboard

Postby kiteuk » Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:59 pm

Hey Jhyrdo - With respect to riding toeside, do you have any problems when edging normally with your heels?
You mention that you use a home made plywood board and perhaps you are taking the board beyond it's limit (with respect as you have made it)
I'm no expert in board construction technology, but when I first started out in kitesurfingI used a very big "starter" type board. It was a board really just to get up and planing with minimum upwind capability.
I found myself bouncing downwind when trying edge the board with my heels.
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Re: Carving on Skimboard

Postby JHydro » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:41 pm

Yeah, it was just a matter of more practice and getting a new board. I finally got a real skimboard, Slotstik 330 XXL and it made a world of difference. It has sharper rails and some nose rocker so it really performs nicely. It took a little while to adjust to how light it is but I'm really hooked on it now and even popping some ollies and shuv-its. The skim outperforms my larger surfboard in light wind. Finless is the way to go for efficiency and I have even taken the fins off my twin tips as the drag is so noticeable.
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Re: Carving on Skimboard

Postby kiteuk » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:18 am

Looks like your doing very well.
I removed the fins from my Twin Tip some time ago and have not noticed any difference at all. It does everything it did before :-)
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