Gerardo Valencia: he loves to skim | Photo: Dave Scott/Zap Skimboards

Gerardo Valencia loves to skim. The Mexican rider from Barra De Navidad, Jalisco, is the star of Zap Skimboards' latest short film.

Valencia was born on the 23rd March 1995. He's only 20, but he has a great future ahead of him. The talented skimboarder dropped into Playa los Cocos, near San Patricio-Melaque, and showed his aerial antics.

Although the wave conditions were far from perfect, you can actually confirm how good Gerardo Valencia handles the power of the ocean. Precision, power, flow, and intelligent wave management.

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Sam Stinnett: fourth world skimboarding title | Photo: Fabiana Badie

Sam Stinnett and Keiao Bucasas have been crowned the 2015 United Skim Tour champions.

All riders knew that the last event of the season would decide who the best skimboarder in the world is right now. For the 11th Annual Exile Oktoberfest Skimboard Contest, only Stinnett, Blair Conklin and Austin Keen were in the world title race.

However, Conklin and Keen had to win the event and hope Stinnett didn't reach the final stages of the competition. Unfortunately for the duo, the rankings leader kept his composure and finished runner-up.

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Skimboarding: know where to ride | Photo: Exile Skimboards

The world has plenty of high-quality skimboarding beaches and slick terrains for wave enthusiasts and flatland riders. Discover what makes a skimming spot really special. And remember: skimboarding is harder than it looks.

Skimboarders are picky, but there are good reasons for carefully selecting the right conditions and the ideal breaks. If you live on the coastline, there are certain variables to take into consideration: swell, the wind, tide, rocks, crowd factor and steepness of the beach.

Flatland skimmers have to deal with slightly different issues when picking a spot to ride. The quality of the sand and the amount of water available on the surface are the fundamental conditions.

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