How to choose and buy a skimboard for skimboarding? Check the skimboard sizes. First of all, you have to choose the board that fits your weight and experience level.

It is very important that you start riding a skimboard in simple flatland surfaces. Obstacles and shore breaks should only come later.
Skimboarding is a thrilling sport, but you should respect some basic safety procedures to protect yourself and others.

There are two main types of skimboards: wood and foam planks.

Skimboard Rockers: a perfect balance between speed and pop

There are four basic rocker types: continuous, hybrid, three-stage and five-stage.

Foam skimboards have higher floatation and are widely used by wave riders, while inland skimboarders normally use wood planks because they're heavier and truly resistant.

Wood skimboards are traditionally cheaper, while carbon fiber skimboards are often only used by professional skimmers.

Skimboarder Weight

>80lbs
80-100lbs
100-140lbs
120-160lbs
140-180lbs
160-200lbs
180-220lbs
200-240

Skimboard Model

XXS
XS
S
M
ML
L
XL
XXL

Skimboard Dimensions

45.00'' x 19.00''
48.00'' x 19.25''
51.00'' x 19.75''
52.00'' x 20.00''
52.25'' x 20.25''
52.50'' x 20.50''
53.00'' x 20.75''
54.00'' x 21.50''

How to pick the right skimboard?

How do you choose a skimboard?

As a rule of thumb, a larger skimboard (in height and width) will be faster, but will not carve rapidly if you want, for example, attack a falling wave lip. Smaller boards tend to be "nervous" yet slower. Rule of thumb number two: buy a skimboard at about mid-chest height.

Skimboards range between 45.00'' and 57.00'' in height, and between 17.75'' and 23.00'' in width, depending on the rider's physical characteristics, level of experience and type of ride (waves or flat waters).

Thickness plays a crucial role in the skimboards' behavior. Thick skimboards will glide better but won't turn and carve so well because they lack responsiveness.

Boards with too much rocker are slower and can easily be picked up by medium-to-strong winds. The most common tail type found in skimboards is the pintail because it will add extra stability to it overall performance.

Skimboard manufacturers tend to produce different shapes, too. There's not a rule of thumb for skimboard designs. Nevertheless, a wider template is better for flatland and speed, while large tails and noses are designed to spin fast and perform well in obstacles and small waves.

Because skimming brands develop their own shapes, it's important to check their own skimboard size charts.