Skimboarding: there's nothing like riding our custom shaped skimboard | Photo: John Lemieux

Professional skimboards are works of art, science and design. But you don't necessarily need an high-end skimboard to shred and have fun. Let's learn how to shape a skimboard.

The good news is that producing your own skimboard isn't expensive. With a couple of phone calls, you will get all tools and equipment you need to cut the leaf and ride it.

If you want to shape a skimboard, start by doing it with wood materials. They're easy to cut, sand, glue and paint. A wood plank is also relatively cheap, especially if you visit a large do-it-yourself store.

So, what do you need to make your first skimboard?

1. Two 1/4-inch, 52'' x 20'' marine plywood boards
2. Jigsaw
3. Duct tape
4. Waterproof wood glue
5. Varnish spreader
6. Assorted sandpaper
7. Clamps
8. Polyurethane varnish or fiberglass resin
9. Paint or permanent marker

Marine plywood: resistant and durable

Now that you've gathered all gear and materials, let's learn how to shape a skimboard:

1. Spread glue on one side of a marine plywood board;
2. Get the two boards together;
3. Clamp the board up tight;
4. Put a weight in the center of the glued board to create a slight concave curve;
5. Let the glued board dry for 24 hours;
6. Draw the desired template;
7. Use the jigsaw to cut the skimboard shape;
8. Sand the edges and smooth out both sides of the board;
9. Apply four layers of varnish/resin on the bottom;
10. Custom paint your skimboard;
11. Apply two layers varnish/resin on the top;
12. Let it dry for 24 hours;

Unsure about the size of your plank? Explore our skimboard size chart. Need a new board? Learn how to buy a skimboard.