Choosing a skimboard

Help & advice on choosing the right skimboard for you.

Choosing a skimboard for the first time is no easy task. With the large range of boards now on offer there are lot to choose from. Picking the right board from the beginning will mean you get maximum enjoyment from day one! Hopefully this quick guide will give you an idea of what to look for and the reasons for the different price ranges.

When choosing a skimboard you need to take into account the the type of riding you will be doing, (either sand riding or wave riding) the board style, your weight, age, and ability. The manufacturers put a weight guideline on each board. We would suggest sticking to the weight guidelines to begin with until you have some experience under your belt and know what you want from a board.

Depending on athletic ability a rider of a certain weight may need a very large board, or a very small one. This is why the weight ranges of skimboards overlap. For instance, a large guy who can run very fast and get on the board smoothly may ride a smaller board than a small guy who doesn’t run very fast or has a bad drop.

Skimboarding experience also plays into it. As riders get better at reaching the waves, they often choose a smaller board to help with their turning. Or vice versa. It is all personal preference. If you are just starting out, then sticking to manufacturers weight guidelines means you can’t go far wrong!

Entry level flat sand skimboards

Circle One Woody SkimboardIf you are just starting out in skimboarding, or just want something to play around on when the surfs flat or when on holiday, then you don’t want to spend a fortune on a board. This will mean you will want to go for a flat sand skimboard.

These type of boards excel at sand skimming but lack any real wave riding ability. The Zap Bullet and Bat boards are designed for kids, with weight limits being around 7 stone, whilst the woody boards from Circle One are available in different sizes to suit all weight ranges.

Price: Expect to pay from £15-£50 for a beginner skimboard.

Examples of some beginner boards are:

  • Circle One Woody Skimboard
  • Osprey Woody Skimboard
  • Zap Bat
  • Alder Ignite Woody

Beginner/intermediate skimboards (with some wave riding ability)

Zap Wedge SkimboardIf you think you may stick with the sport and want to ride waves, as well as the flat sand, then a little extra money spent in the beginning means you won’t have to change your board as you progress. These boards are great crossover skimboards.

They will do everything a flat sand skimboard will do, but because they are a little bit bigger and thicker, they will also be able to do some wave riding. These boards tend to have weight limits of around 10 or 11 stone so are best suited to lighter adults, or kids.

Price: Expect to pay from £80-£150 for a beginner/intermediate skimboard.

Examples of beginner/intermediate skimboards are:

  • Zap Lazer
  • Circle One ESD Soft Top Skimboard Range
  • Circle One EPS Epoxy Skimboard Range
  • Zap Wedge skimboard
  • Zap Fish skimboard

Larger intermediate skimboards for wave riding

Zap Pro SkimboardThese skimboards are full blown wave riding skimboards on a budget. They are the same size as the more advanced top end boards, but are made using cheaper materials. This means they are slightly heavier than their advanced counterparts.

These boards will still be able to sand skim, but they have the added ability to skim out to, and ride waves. These boards will get out further than the smaller intermediate boards and will float a lot better over deeper water. These skimboards are available in a variety of different sizes to suit all weight ranges.

Price: Expect to pay from £180-£230 for a wave riding intermediate skimboard.

Some examples are:

  • Zap Chizel Skimboard
  • Zap Pro Skimboard
  • Victoria Ultra Vac Skimboard

Top end professional skimboards

Zap Comp Carbon SkimboardThe top end boards, are basically the boards that the pro’s ride. They are super strong while at the same time being considerably lighter than the heavier cheaper boards. The reason for being more expensive is because they use the best materials and construction methods available.

Many of the boards use carbon fibre or epoxy resin. These advanced materials cost about twice as much as the materials used in the cheaper boards, but the performance and durability they bring far outweigh the added cost. All top end skimboards are available in a variety of different sizes to suit all weight ranges.

Price: Expect to pay from £250-£380 for a top end professional skimboard depending on the spec.

  • Zap Comp Skimboard
  • Victoria Poly Vac Skimboard
  • Exile Hybrid Skimboard

I am still unsure – can you help me out?

So, there you have it. A brief introduction into the range of skimboards on offer. If you are still unsure on what skimboard you want or need, you can email us and we will get back to you within a couple of days with a list of boards that will be suitable for you.

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  1. For those on a budget, a good way to get riding is to get both a cheap woodie and a pro / intermediate (if you are really keen on skimming!) I went on ebay and got a pretty decent woodie for less than £20 plus delivery merely for learning to drop, get on and a few flatland riding and tricks (my local park floods quite nicely on a large grassy plain when it rains a lot). Now with ebay / Paypal offering a credit / pay per month scheme I was able to buy a carbon with some accessories and pay this over 6 months, yet you can select the option of paying up to 24 months.
    Using the paypal credit you can get a top-end circle one carbon, with a bag and board traction and pay around £14-£16/7 per month for 24 months. Im only using cricle one as an example because it’s the only locally available skimboard brand with this payment option.

  2. Hi, I’m really interesting in starting Skimboarding and I am looking to purchase my first board. I’m 6’3” and around 12 stone so this makes me unsure on which kind of board would be right for me. I have never skimboarded before and so I am a complete beginner but I would like to progress and to have the option to ride waves would be ideal. Any help would be much appreciated.

    1. Ok, if you can afford to get a fibreglass board for your first board, then it will mean you wont have to change your board as you progress. Something around 53/52 inches in length will be good for your weight (i weight the same and my board is 53 inches long) If you want to go for a woody as your first board, it will be a lot more forgiving, and take the knocks better while you’re learning – but you will have to change up to a fibreglass board if you want to learn to ride waves at a later date. Hope this helps! :)

  3. I’m looking at getting a skim board for sand and wave riding that will also surf behind a wakeboat (GS20 Nautique).
    I’m 6’3” and 17 stone.

    What would you suggest?

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