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Skimboarding – Through the years.

My parents bought me my first and only skimboard about 34 years ago and I still have and use the same one which is pictured below.


The technology and design obviously have improved over the years they are much lighter and you can even surf waves. My board is really heavy and sinks like a rock when the water gets too deep. it’s my old reliable but looking to upgrade at some point.

I don’t have the time or the opportunities do much skimboarding during the summer, but I make sure it does happen each summer, even it’s just once.  It’s just like riding a bike for me, I may be rusty but after a few runs I find my groove.  I feel blessed that at 45 I still have the ability to skimboard and my body the next morning certainly reminds me of that. It’s a great workout and hits various muscles i normally don’t use everyday, most of all it’s fun!

It requires a quick and short sprint to catch up to the board when you skim it across the water then gently land on the board for the ride. It’s all about feel and technique. I think about my transition to barefoot running and how easy it was for me, my years of skimboarding, running on beaches barefoot, and being barefoot a lot during the summer could of been some contributing factors to my success of barefoot running.

I’m about 11 years old here when I first got my skimboard.  (1981)


20 years old at South Carolina. (1991)


Middletown, RI (2013)


Misquamicut State Beach, RI (2016)

Middletown, RI Beach 1 (August 2016)






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