I’ve being using Google Maps to find skim spots from day 1. Entry points to funny beaches, creeks, estuaries, slope potential, the list goes on and on. Any keen Skimboarder will find themselves using birds eye imagery to their advantage from time to time. Here is my video about how to take advantage of it
My favourite thing with Skimboarding is meeting new people and sharing a skim session or 5 together. The best way to do this is to plan a trip set aside for just this. I will get the vitals out of the way first with the video and Facebook event page.
Anyway the big one here is where we will be staying? I can’t make any set in stone decisions here as we have a selection of campgrounds at our fingertips that will suit all skim conditions and locations. This is going to focus around the areas of Houhora, Rarawa Beach and more excitingly Spirits Bay or Taputaputa.
The main focus for the trip is the beautiful Cape Maria Van Diemen and after a recent trip, Spirits Bay. Obviously the weather plays a major role in this but I will have all forecasts covered with options.
I’m sure if this sounds like a bit of you, you’ve probably already heard a bit about these places and as I run things in a fairly casual manor you are more than welcome to get in touch as I’m sure these is question to be asked. It’s also worth mentioning if you are coming from out of the area and/or flying in, I may have a spare seat in my wagon but that is more than likely going to be left up to you to sort.
Everyone is welcome but I may limit numbers if interest is there.
Well, well, well. It’s time for your first Skimboard and you’re dabbling with something that isn’t even a Skimboard. Peep the video below
Now I’ve had quite a few weird ideas through the years, myself included. I remember watching an old Tenth St Bros video called Chapter 11 when I was young and proceeded to take the fins off an old twin fin channel bottom surfboard. It was absolutely hopeless, get a proper Skimboard!
Tauranga! An area over the years that has been a little slow on the Skimboarding uptake which is surprising given the quality of skim (easily the best city in the country) and outdoors lifestyle. The good news is that is looks to be heading in the right direction and you now have a store helping it get there.
Switch Stance Surf & Skate is located at 10/2 Ashley Place, Papamoa Beach and has a few Gromlins on the shelves. We’re starting slowly but you can order any board that is online here and pick it up instore at Switch Stance, which is cool.
New Zealand has a lot of coastline. A lot of that has been skimmed, a lot of it hasn’t.
I personally have skimmed a fair portion of it and find exploring new spots one of the most enjoyable things to do in life.
Inn 2021 I started documenting a few of these places with information to help people go to them and get the most out of skimming them. This post is about those spots I have already featured as I get ready for more.
Omaha, where OXS was born and a pretty fantastic place on its day.
Elliots Bay up here on the coast by the Bay Of Islands. Superb smaller wave skim when it’s on.
Waiwera and/or Wenderholm. Some of the consistently good flatland anywhere. Period.
Pataua North on Whangarei Coast. Very good wave skim when it’s on, not that good, when it’s not.
I’m firing up the YouTube channel to feature as many spots as I can so feel free to hit that Subscribe button while you’re there.