In a place where the wind and its direction literally determines which watersports activity you can partake in – surfing, kiteboarding, kayaking – skimboarding on the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks remains for the most part, a consist each day, no matter how much or little the wind is blowing.
Skimboarding has been a favorite among adolescent OBX locals for decades, and is the preferred boardsport for a number of different life-long area natives. A skimboard is similar to a surfboard, but much smaller and without fins. The goal is to glide the board across the water’s surface to meet an incoming breaking wave, and ride it back to shore. When done correctly, this fun, wholesome sport is about as fun to watch as it is to partake in.
It’s said that skimboarding originated in Southern California when Laguna Beach lifeguards wanted to surf the local shorebreak that was way too fast and shallow for a surfboard. Experienced riders can perform tricks such as 180s, 360s and ollies with ease, and some of the area’s best riders can even ride through a wave’s barrel.
Skimboarding may not have originated on the Outer Banks, but these barrier islands are a perfect location for both novice and experienced riders. Getting started with the sport is simple, all you need is a skimboard and the willingness to fall flat on your face a few times before you get the hang of it.
Kitty Hawk Surf Company offers an array of new skimboards, as well as an offering of used boards as well. Visit one of our retail stores along the Outer Banks and we’ll help you find the perfect board for your body size, experience, and price point. Drop by one of our stores along the Outer Banks to see the best selection of boards, wax, traction pads, and bags on the island!