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skimbord construction

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:10 am
by Norm
Hi all, im new to the forum and am going to buy my first skim shortly, and am looking for some advice regarding the type of construction that would be suitable for my intended use. Firstly i live in Perth west oz and am limited to ( by way of convenience ) Victoria boards but understand that is by no means a drawback, given their fine reputation .Secondly not from "surfer" background, just ride a twinny but looking to kite waves in more tradition style using a skimboard in mushy shore breaks with more choppy conditions that flatwater. Given that there is many build combinations for these boards some input from experienced riders would be much appreciated.
Regards from oz

Re: skimbord construction

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:29 pm
by tungsten
Hi Norm,

welcome to true kiting :D

A good start to get an idea of what works is here
and here

In terms of construction (not shape, see above), sturdy is good for kite abuse. Epoxy allows to make a light & sturdy board, ply wood works all the same but has more weight to it. There's infinite ways to make a skim... horses for courses I'd say. As you're starting off, those details are not too important. Grab any second hand sturdy skim in the above mentioned size, rocker (bit more for waves, bit less for flats) and thickness (depending on your weight), and shred. If you specialize in flat water trickery, lighter is better, for strong wind, a bit more weight is better... but first you have to find out what you like best in terms of riding. Mid rocker mid weight mid thickness would be a good starter.

cheers, tungsten

Re: skimbord construction

PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:17 am
by Norm
Thanks Tungsten for your reply, unfortunately am unable to source second-hand skim, so have to by new hence my inquiry.
Given the material that you referred to will probably take a punt on a Victoria plane wrap ex
Cheers, Norm

Re: skimbord construction

PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:21 am
by Norm
hey all, purchased a Victoria Ex Wrap epoxy a little while ago and decided to match it up to a10m Reo :D and got to pop the cherry on both today and have to say big creds to all you skim riders. At first I thought "gee am i ever going to get this dialed in?? " cause what a slippery little sucker this board is, given that this is my first experience with a skim....this awesome forum gave me the confidence to give it a go! Well after probably 10 minutes of floundering around in the shallows with side on winds i managed bout 20 metres before falling off the back end but that 20 metres got me soooo hooked im going to lock the twinnies up and throw away the key !!
cheers from oz
ps wont be long before i'll post a video of me "ripping on my skimmy"

Re: skimbord construction

PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:51 pm
by Lonny
Norm wrote: ps wont be long before i'll post a video of me "ripping on my skimmy"

Welcome to LTS Norm. Can't wait to see your footy. Lots of fun ahead for you. :D