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carving on a skimboard

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Created by snapback > 9 months ago, 20 Jun 2018
snapback
41 posts
20 Jun 2018 3:11AM
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hey guys!

i love my skimboard when it's light, as i get out with my 9m sst when others are on their 12 and 14s..

what tends to happen tho is when i try to do a heel to toeside carve, is that i slip out. i can't really get the edge in the water to really push, as i can with my surfboard. any advice?

does anyone carve with a skim on flat water (finless)? where do you place your feet?

thank you!

cheers

bigtone667
NSW, 1028 posts
20 Jun 2018 12:59PM
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snapback said..
hey guys!

i love my skimboard when it's light, as i get out with my 9m sst when others are on their 12 and 14s..

what tends to happen tho is when i try to do a heel to toeside carve, is that i slip out. i can't really get the edge in the water to really push, as i can with my surfboard. any advice?

does anyone carve with a skim on flat water (finless)? where do you place your feet?

thank you!

cheers


I find that I need to get my feet over near the edge so I get enough weight down to create angle/edge with the board and water.

snapback
41 posts
20 Jun 2018 6:03PM
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just found this video:



he is sometimes riding along with his back feet in front of the pad and then steps back to carve.. will try that..

but you keep the front foot in the middle right?

mazdon
910 posts
25 Jun 2018 2:22PM
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yeah keep front foot generally central, keep back foot right back during the carve

big slow kite and barely any pull apart from wave power is also key in that vid. he's a good rider, so just gets that first planing speed plus the wave power to slide along and that makes it easier to keep rail engage through the carves etc.

cool vid - cheers for posting and good luck!

snapback
41 posts
26 Jun 2018 1:35AM
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thanks for the reply!

what is your take on carbon skimboards? are they too stiff or are they worth it?

mazdon
910 posts
27 Jun 2018 9:52PM
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There's much better authorities on skims than me on the forums mate, but for what it's worth the carbon prob can't hurt with the extra thrashing that kite would potentially do. I don't think the extra stiffness will worry you too much

wavezoneskim.com/product/the-carbon-decimate-complete-3/?

These guys seem to use it on some of the higher spec models

post up what you're riding or thinking about riding... I've just ridden some kite brand skims, a wake surf and tried other random skates etc

all good fun to mix it up

snapback
41 posts
28 Jun 2018 4:37PM
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at the moment i'm on a eden skimboard e-glass. it's a french brand. in europe skimboarding isn't really big so we don't really have shops here but there are some spanish and french custom board brands that build cheap and good skims you can customize (material, foam, size etc).

as my surfboard broke and i don't really have the money at the moment to buy a new one i just ride my skim (or will ride, my ACL is not fully recovered yet). but as i liked that thing, it would be pretty cheap to get a top skimboard, as i travel one month with it in october to tarifa (low- high wind, small to medium waves). i'm still not sure if it's a good idea, but i'd certainly learn a lot on it when i just bring the skimboard.. ;)



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