One of the best parts about skimboarding is discovering new skim spots and all the new adventures that come with it. Here at DB Skimboards we have traveled the world in search of beaches and streams and continue to go on new trips. Whether you are skimboarding where DB Skimboards all started in Washington or traveling through Europe to places like Poland and Germany you will always find a place to skimboard. All it takes is a tideline or a stream with a smooth surface and even a flooded golf course will work. Skimboard is diverse and your real can do it anywhere. Flatland skim, riding waves or hitting ramps and rails skimboarding is a great way to meet new people, explore and stay active outside. Summer is better on a skimboard!
Last summer we traveled through Washington, through Utah and ended up in California on a skim road trip adventure. We turned it into a three part series and you can see part 1 and part 2 below!
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Travels And Wanderings Video Series
Part 1: Washington Road Trip
Part 2: Utah Road Trip
Stay tuned for the final part of our Travels and Wandering series featuring San Francisco, California.
Take a look at some of our favorite photos from our travels over the years and some of our skimboard options below!! If you need help choosing the right skimboard for you at the bottom of this page we created a guide to help you choose the right shape and size! And feel free to contact us with any questions you might have!
San Diego, California
Spanish Banks, British Columbia
San Francisco, California
Virgin River Waterfall, Utah
Need Help Choosing the right skimboard?
Choosing the right shape, size, and flex is critical to getting the most out of your skimboard. This buyers guide will walk you through the ins and outs of each option so you can make an informed decision and pick the perfect board for you.
Choosing the Right Size and Flex
Size and flex are a critical decisions when finding the right board for you. Like ying and yang, peanut butter and jelly, and any other delicate balance there is no absolute right answer, you need to determine your personal preference between, flex, weight, and physical size and find the right board for you.
Flexability (layup): The “layup” (physical materials) that give a board it’s structure combined with the shape profile of a board determine the amount of flexibility in the deck. Boards with more flex are generally lighter in weight and easier to trim, but can be more difficult to ride and less responsive / stable for technical tricks.
- Flexy: Most flexible and lightest weight layup (Flex Series Boards)
- Stiff: Mid flex and mid weight (Standard Series Boards)
- Rigid: Very Stiff and heavy (Used on the Thomas Pro)
Size: Each shape we offer comes in multiple variations of length and width. Larger boards offer more skimmable surface area but also increase the weight of the board. Smaller boards are light and easier to pop but can be difficult to control. Make sure to match your weight to our recommendation on our sizing guide. If you are highly experienced you may want to experiment with smaller boards that allow for more technical maneuvers.
Choosing The Right Shape
Streamline: Narrow mid section makes for a maneuverable board that turns well. The large nose and tail combined with the gently curving rails allows this shape to ollie well and spin flat. Best for bank slides, ollies, speed runs, small waves.
Thomas: This shape falls between the streamline and the proto. A wide mid section and side cuts offer increased stability and straight tracking. The wide noes and tail borrow from the streamline to provide extra pop for ollies and more control in blunt slides.
Proto: The proto’s side cuts, wide waist, and narrow nose and tail provide the perfect middle ground between maneuverability and stability. A team favorite for everything form technical tricks to long rides and bank slides.
Raza: Adapted from the Sacramento shape to offer slightly more maneuverability and lighter swing weight at the nose and tail. This board is tuned for the most technical tricks and maximum pop.
Sacramento: The extra wide waist and profile of this board are designed to increase speed over the water, pop, and control. Double side cuts help straight tracking and effortless pop. This shape is ideal for technical flatland tricks and jibs.