Skimboarding: the sport was invented around 1920 in Laguna Beach | Photo: Shutterstock

Where, when and how was skimboarding invented? Let's ride the glide, and discover how skimboarding evolved in its first 100 years of existence.

The sport of skimboarding has its origins around 1920, in California, when the Laguna Beach lifeguards - George Griffeth and friend Jimmy - built rounded disks made from redwood and used them to slide across the water.

"It was two planks of redwood, connected by three strips of oak held on by small machine screws and square nuts recessed into the wood. They were about five-foot long, with no curve at all, and they were towed behind a boat much like a wakeboard," Tex Haines, co-founder of Victoria Skimboards, once wrote.

"Beach Decay" is a cinematographic adventure into the world of flatland skimboarding.

The inland skimming scene continues to innovate with a growing number of riders, filmmakers, and followers. As a result, in the past couple of years, video platforms were flooded with new feature films showcasing the best athletes in the finest spots.

The new movie was released by French Bay Skim (FBS), a collective from Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada. Their third film is far from perfect, but it delivers what we need to watch - the tricks, the jumps, and the metamorphosis within the sport.

Blair Conklin: champagne shower | Photo: Laguna SoCal

Blair Conklin has taken out the 2016 United Skim Tour (UST) world title.

The skimboarder from Laguna Beach, California, won the 12th Annual Oktoberfest and gathered enough points to be crowned the world champion. It's his maiden UST world title.

The final event of the skimboarding season attracted hundreds of spectators to Newport Beach. In the decisive match-up, Conklin defeated Sam Stinnett and raised the world title.

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