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Best Beaches for Skimboarding

Updated on October 6, 2012
Skimboarding Huge Waves at Cabo, Mexico
Skimboarding Huge Waves at Cabo, Mexico


What makes a beach good for Skimboarding? In this hub I will cover what you should look for when evaluating if a beach is good for skimboarding and then list some of the best beaches around the world for Skimboarding!

If you want to know what skimboarding is, Read my hub Skimboarding: What It is and How to Make Your Own Board

Example of a Flat Beach
Example of a Flat Beach
Beach full of Coral Rocks - not good
Beach full of Coral Rocks - not good
Skimboarding on waves
Skimboarding on waves

What Makes a Good Skimbaord Beach

There are a few things one should use to evaluate if a beach is good for Skimboarding. Personally, I have skimboarded on a wide variety of beaches, and sometimes you just do not have the ability to pick and choose what beach you go to. But, in order to recognize a good skimboarding beach when you see it, here are my tips for evaluating a good skimboard beach.

Are There Any Rocks? - Take a look at the sand, and determine if its fine or coarse. Also look at the edge of the water where the waves break, are there rocks or coral kicked up there? A few rocks are not a problem, you can just pick them up. But if there are a lot of rocks, and especially a lot of coral (as I have had to deal with sometimes!) then this beach will probably scratch your board and may not be worth skimboarding. What you want is a soft, fine sand covering the beach.

Are There Any People? - Almost as important as looking for rocks, you should also look to see how many people are at the beach. Skimboarding takes a bit of room along the shore so its not the best activity to do at a super crowded summer vacation beach. However, what you should really look at is if people are constantly going in and out of the water. If most people just want to sunbath, then you might be able to find the space to skimboard. Always be careful of others, and sometimes moving down the beach a little ways works best.

How Cold is the Water? - This one is a matter of what temperature you can bare while skimboarding. I grew up skimboarding on a tropical island where in the wintertime, the water probably never went below 75 F. So I don't like cold water very much. But if you have a good insulating shirt designed for cold water, you should be OK!

How Steep is the Beach? - If a beach is very steep it can make it much more difficult to skimboard. I have tried skimboarding on a few steep beaches and it tends to tire you out quicker because you feel like you are always running uphill or at an angle. Its best to skimboard on long, flat beaches.

What Are the Waves Like? - Do they break long and slow, or are they large beach breaks? If the beach is relatively flat, and the waves break long and slow, giving a lot of thin water along the coast, then this beach is good for skimboarding parallel to the shore. If, however, the waves are large and they break at the beach, then you might consider skimboarding straight out towards them, perpendicular to the shore. Skimboarding out to the waves and trying to ride them is more challenging, but it is also much more exciting. Launching off the waves is also a huge amount of fun.

As i mentioned before, you do not always get to choose what beach you go to, but use these tips to help evaluate the beaches you do go to and then remember the good ones so you can go back to them.

If you are not sure what Skimboarding is, or maybe you want to learn how to make a Skimboard, check out my hub, Skimboarding: What it is and How to Make Your Own Skimboard

Okinawa, Japan
Okinawa, Japan | Source
Even on the best beach, it still takes practice!
Even on the best beach, it still takes practice! | Source

Skimboarding Beaches Around the World

Here is a list of just a few notable locations around the world where you can skimboard.

Dewey Beach, Delaware - Where skimboarding first started!

Laguna Beach, California - Very popular spot where lifeguards first started skimboarding on pieces of wood.

Great Lakes, USA/Canada - It can be a little cold, but very nice skimboarding for those who live near there.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Home of some of the largest skimboarding waves.

Okinawa, Japan - This is where I learned to skimboard. Many beaches have coral rocks, so scouting out good beaches was very important, and there are quite a few as one would expect on a tropical island.

Florida and the East Coast - Full of great beaches, but they may also be crowded with people

California, Oregon, and Washington - Also full of great skimboarding beaches, but a little cold for me.

And many other locations including France, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, South Africa and almost anywhere that has a beach. The locations are nearly endless for skimboard.

The best thing to do is look around you, and scout out local beaches, or even lakes, rivers and ponds. You may be surprised by the hidden skimboarding gems you can find.

Comments: Where is Your Favorite Skim Spot?

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    6 years ago from India

    Wonderful collection of skim board beaches. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Peter V 

    7 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Vinner - Skimboarding is tons of fun! It is a little tricky to get the hang of it, but I am glad your interested! Thanks for dropping by!

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    7 years ago from India

    Wow really cool. I have seen it only in images. I want to do it at least once.

  • internpete profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter V 

    7 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    Thanks for the comment! That is neat you found your first board washed up!

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    7 years ago from Virginia

    I used to skim board years ago. I got my first skimboard when it washed up in a storm. Nice article and nice pics. I bookmarked it, also look at your other hub, fantastic pages!


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