Skimboards are an awesome way to ride puddles, shallow ponds, but usually small wakes left by waves at the beach or any other body of water. Skimboards are a great tagalong item for the opportune times and for the regular spot as well.
Skim boards are very slim and designed to be tossed onto the ground and jumped upon this causes a skateboard like motion that propels the rider forward over the water. When it comes to finding a good skim board quality is important because of the contact with water at the board will have certain materials are better than others and this review will look into which is the best for your money and for longevity.
The prices of skim boards vary, but really they are not the most expensive forms of transportation. Their rudimentary design lends well to high production and thus the price is about as much as the wood and maybe with a few added details like the manufactures cut, but one does not need to spend over $100 to get a quality skim board.
As far as durability is concerned, skim boards are usually not considered to be the most durable things in the world, but when used correctly they are not going to be destroyed easily. They are made of wood and hitting things like concrete or metal might damage the board they are really designed for sand and water. The biggest issue is win a board will crack down its center as it is plywood and made of multiple layers of wood glue together however the boards in this review were chosen because they do not have this issue or steps of been taken to prevent this issue from happening.
Skim boards are made of plywood usually, but can also be made of EVA plastic. The plywood and EVA boards are then usually coated then with a decal wrap, a lacquer layer or resin and this lends to the overall feel and durability of the board as well.
These boards are considerably lighter than even body boards and definitely skate boards. For this reason you can take them anywhere quite easily and they stow away nicely.
The plywood boards are rounded to allow for the even distribution of water under the board. The mechanics behind it are very similar to that of a skipping stone.
One thing that you might overlook when it comes to skim boards is the surface coating on the top and bottoms of the boards this may vary greatly and finding a board with extra grip on top is not a hard thing to do also decals and other cool options are also available. Some skim boarders swear by wax on the top of their boards to give it more of a tacky feel, wax can be purchased usually anywhere your skim board can be purchased.
Overall Pick: Atom Skim Board
This 35 inch poplar wood laminate skim board by Atom tops our list because of its affordability and its quality as well. The designs are heat transferred and wont peal when them come in repeated contact with even salt water. The plywood is the same in that it is not going to split in half. This skim board is perfect for the beginner or the veteran boarder alike simply because of its price. At $32.33 it’s a great deal for a product of its quality. One reason we also chose this as our top pick was because of the amount of positive reviews online that other customers had for the board. Almost none of them were negative and people often spoke to the board durability above anything else overall, this is a top pick and it should give you hours of fun in the swells and surf at your local beach or water way.
Runner Up: Lucky Bums Skim Board
This stylish skim board by lucky bums is a durable plywood resin constructed, high gloss, superb quality skim board. It is great for flat land, sand and other water fluxed surfaces. One of the cool features of this product is the manufacturer has 100% satisfaction guarantee if something does happen to the board. This is just a stellar board because the amount of styles you can choose from regarding decals and overall look and it’s perfect for beginners at 39 inches long it provides more buoyancy. When trying to get a feel for balance, you should have no trouble. For a great price as well, (just around $25) it’s a solid runner up pick in this top three, skim board review.
A third pick: Liquid Shredder Wood EVA Deck Skim Board
The FSE wood skim board with EVA coated deck by liquid shredder is a super high-performance low-cost awesome alternative to the first two options on this list. It is completely capable of performing equally as well as the other two options and is only slightly higher in price. The FSE skim board is available in three different color options and is also available in two different sizes 35 inches and 41 inches. It comes with a 90 day consumer warranty by liquid shredder this is an awesome board for even a capable skim border. The coating on top gives the rider more control when riding the board. Overall this is a great third pic and a very capable skim board.
Regardless of what you choose when it comes to skim boards you will most likely find plywood boards that should not remain wet for longer than they have to but will resist warping better than your average piece of wood or skateboard. These Skim Boards each offer a great way to take advantage of the swells when there is not the wave action you are looking for or you are competing in a skim boarding competition.
Thanks for reading and good luck! Feel free to drop a question, or comment and let us know what you thought of our selections and yours!