History Of Skimboarding

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Skimboarding, like surfing, has been around for decades but didnt see a boom in popularity until recent years. In fact, skimboarding can be traced back to the 1920s, when lifeguards used to glide along the Laguna Beach coast on pieces of wood.

In the 1950s, surfing began to gain mainstream popularity on Californias beaches and began to spread throughout the country. In the 1960s, you could even hear it in the Beach Boys classic hit Surfin USA. At that point, people began to pay closer attention to surfing and other watersports, even those who didnt live along coastal regions.

But while surfing was just starting to gain mainstream popularity in the 1960s, surfers and other beach-goers out in California were attempting to push the limits even further with skimboarding, which was relatively unknown to the general public at the time.

Skimboarders could be spotted along Laguna and Victoria Beach on what have been called double enders because of the boards rounded shape at both ends. The most daring skimboarders would venture out into the ocean, with pioneer Mike Buxton, performing all sorts of aerial tricks. But if you didnt live in Laguna Beach, Dana Point, or anywhere near Southern Californias Pacific Coast, you probably had no clue about skimboarding.
In the 1970s, skimboarding began to grow, thanks to a couple of Laguna Beach teenagers, Tex Haines and Peter Prietto, who created Victoria Skimboards. The company not only produced skimboards, which were designed according to their preferences as riders, but also a hub for instruction and information.

It wasnt until the late 1980s that skimboarding became part of mainstream culture, the way surfing did in the 1960s. Tournaments began sprouting up all over and events were televised. At that point, lifelong skimboarders like Prietto and Haines had their craft down to a science, creating sophisticated boards that allowed riders to do all sorts of tricks, including flips and spins.
Then in the 1990s, skimboarding magazines began to pop up. With the invention of the internet, skimboarding websites were created and used to instruct people who were interested and for skimboarders to connect. Now, with the invention of YouTube, you can see thousands of videos online of amateur and professional boarders of all ages, male and female, all over the world.

Contests are held with cash prizes and sponsorships available. Surfing shops offer skimboarding lessons along with surfing and paddle-boarding. In fact, go to any beach and youre likely to find at least one person skimming. Its this type of mainstream attention that continues to make skimming one of the fastest growing sports world-wide!

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