Now that you know a brief knowledge about skimboarding in the Philippines. You are ready to ride the waves. Take this steps below and start enjoying your new found sport.
1 Make sure you have a “foamie” and not a “woody”. Foamie‘s are designed for riding waves, lighter, but cost more. Woodie‘s are wooden fiberglass boards which are prodominantly made for sand skimming, but if you cannot get a foamie, they will suffice.
3 Wait until you have found a good beach, then get out your board and approach the water. Stand about ten feet away from the water and be prepared to throw down your board.
4 Understand that right after a wave breaks, start running towards the water. Do not flat out sprint because you will fall off when you get on the board if you are a beginner.
5 Look to see when a thin film of water is on the sand, throw down the board. Don’t throw it away from you, throw it down so you will run on to it in stride. Run onto it with your back leg first, then your front foot. Do not “jump” onto the board because it will break the surface tension of the water, slow you down, and cause you to sink faster. Keep all of your weight on your back leg so you glide into the water, instead of plowing through it.
6 Know that if you have run onto your board successfully, you will be approaching a developing wave. If it has not started to break yet you have three options. Option one is to hit the wave straight on a perform and aerial trick. Option two is to perform a wrap or a barrel wrap. Option three is to turn to the left or right (depending on which way the wave is breaking) and come back to shore.
7 Have fun!
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