The Atom 35-Inch Skimboard is our best skimboard and this high quality skimboard is made from a high density and high resistance laminate material on its poplar wood material for the whole body of the skimboard. This skimboard is also super light weight at only 5 1/2 pounds so you can travel with it just fine without many worries. Moreover, if you want a very authentic skimboard then this is a great one to purchase. The top graphic on the skimboard will also not wear over time or fade under the sun with UV rays because it has been printed using heat transfer and will stay on the material for a very long time of use. The design of this skimboard is also very artistic because of its unique capabilities and attractive looks.
Our step-up pick is the Liquid Shredder Wood EVA Deck Skimboard and if you have an island themed restaurant or similar occasions, you should definitely add this awesome skimboard to your collection. You can use the skimboard as a decor for your house or beach shop or you can use it as a real skimboard so it is a double purpose skimboard in the long run and the reinforcement of this skimboard is made from fiberglass material which makes it all the more durable in its whole quality and in its overall build.
The budget pick is the CYA Home Decor Original Mini Skimboard and this awesome skimboard is very versatile in its build and is also widely available in many designs to choose from. The reinforcement of this skimboard is made from fiberglass material which makes it all the more durable in its whole quality and in its overall build and you can use it as a collectible for your shop or for skimboarding near the beach and you can give it as a gift to someone who loves skimboarding as well. You can use the skimboard as a decor for your house or beach shop or you can use it as a real skimboard so it is a double purpose skimboard in the long run.
A Little Background
Skimboarding is like surfing on a smaller and wider surf board with no fins at all and catching breaking waves. Skimboards have been immensely popular nowadays and have been somewhat an alternative modernization to surfing. Skimboarding can be found on places where the waves are not high enough but can be ridden on similar to surfing. Skimboarding also uses mostly wood instead of synthetic material (although there may be some synthetic coverings for the comfort of the user) and this adds the extra challenge and authenticity to the skimboard and the whole package of skimboarding in a general sense, as compared to regular surfing techniques.
Boards used in skimboarding are also wider in their wide point in the middle part. They have a similar design to a surfboard but take on a more modern form which makes skimboarding more attractive to younger people and treat it like skateboarding.
Skimboards have become more popular nowadays on shorelines. This is because skimboarding takes its roots from skateboarding itself due to the various moves and tricks that you can perform on skimboards as compared to regularly riding the waves of the ocean. Skimboarding may involve similar tricks and stunts that you often see in skateboarding and that is why a lot of youth who are into skateboarding often find themselves interested or are into skimboarding if they are near the beach.
If you are up for some challenge from surfing or you are a skateboarder or into a similar hobby then you should definitely try out skimboarding for a change due to its awesome opportunities in store for you.
How We Picked
When it comes to finding out which are the best skimboards out there, we considered the following factors first on our decisions:
Construction – whether it is handmade or synthetic material, it is not really a problem for as long as the skimboard is very sturdy in its construction which is highly important when it comes to choosing the best skimboards out there. It has to be made from sturdy wood material if it is wood or at least flexible yet not easy to snap material that is synthetic depending on your needs, although most skimboards that you will see will be made of wood or similar materials. Some can also be made from high quality fiberglass.
Size – consider the size of the skimboard first if you want to buy the best skimboards out there so that you can definitely fit the skimboard to your current size and frame and will not run out of space or be full of space in your skimboard. It is important that you can maneuver the skimboard easily and therefore it is necessary for you to check out the size first before you buy.
Design – while not necessarily a necessity, a cool design that will not fade over time also boasts a lot of personality for the skimboarder, especially if you perform skimboarding with friends or on local and national competitions out there.
Durability – the skimboard, like many surf boards out there, should be highly durable to withstand the test of time and the crashing of the waves so that you can get more value for your money and you can perform skimboarding for longer periods of time.
Atom 35-Inch Skimboard
Our best skimboard is the Atom 35-Inch Skimboard and this high quality skimboard is made from a high density and high resistance laminate material on its poplar wood material for the whole body of the skimboard. It spans at a total length of 35 inches overall so it is a great skimboard to consider and the design of this skimboard is also very artistic because of its unique capabilities and attractive looks/
The top graphic on the skimboard will also not wear over time or fade under the sun with UV rays because it has been printed using heat transfer and will stay on the material for a very long time of use. The total width of this skimboard is at 21 inches in total and the total thickness of this skimboard is only at 1.1 inches so it is very slim and compact to carry around. This skimboard is also super light weight at only 5 1/2 pounds so you can travel with it just fine without much worries and whether you are a kid or an adult with a weight of more or less 200 pounds then this skimboard is definitely for you. Moreover if you want a very authentic skimboard then this is a great one to purchase.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
The Atom 35-Inch Skimboard may look perfect as our best skimboard but it does have a few flaws but they are not very major to consider and they are not very much affecting the total capabilities of the skimboard. For instance, you have to do the waxing for this skimboard yourself but it is not a problem for advanced users or those who are really into the hobby or sport and is not really a major problem at all for most skimboarders out there.
Liquid Shredder Wood EVA Deck Skimboard
The Liquid Shredder Wood EVA Deck Skimboard is our step-up pick and is made from high quality and high density wood and is superb for its quality and its design. The deck of this skimboard is made from EVA mterial so it is very soft and protective in its build and in its entire design and you can also choose from a myriad of designs and sizes with your purchase. You can also go for the version with a length of 35 inches or go for the one with the length of 41 inches all in all and it also does not make the use of glue so it is very sturdy in its design so you can find yourself skimboarding much more than repairing.
The full heat lamination treatment on this EVA deck skimboard is very considerable for keeping it durable to the test of time and to the waves of the ocean and it is also highly waterproof due to the ingenious covering of epoxy material to keep it sturdy against waves on the ocean. The wood used for this awesome skimboard is Fir wood and it is not made from cheap plywood so you can be assured of its durability in the long run and the deck that is made from EVA material on this skimboard is also anti slip in its capability so it is very safe for the wearer. You can also use it if you are a starter when it comes to skimboarding. Obviously, since it is a skimboard, it should not be used for body boarding. It is also a great and light weight skimboard for use with kids and it is backed by a warranty of 90 days for consumer use.
CYA Home Decor Original Mini Skimboard
Our budget pick is the CYA Home Decor Original Mini Skimboard and it is very versatile in its build and is also widely available in many designs to choose from. You can use the skimboard as a decor for your house or beach shop or you can use it as a real skimboard so it is a double purpose skimboard in the long run and you can use it as a collectible for your shop or for skimboarding near the beach and you can give it as a gift to someone who loves skimboarding as well.
The designs to choose from with this awesome skimboard are all very colorful and the reinforcement of this skimboard is made from fiberglass material which makes it all the more durable in its whole quality and in its overall build. It is a highly applicable skimboard for California skimboarding because of its colorful design and you can also benefit from its authentic design because of the very fact that it has been hand made in its build and entire structure.
The total length of this skim board is 20 inches so it is great for kids and the width of this skimboard is at 8.2 inches. Since it is a mini skimboard and it is our budget pick it has a thickness of 1/2 inch and it has a design of a swallow tail with a single bump mechanism. The totally authentic wood material of this skimboard is very cool and if you have an island themed restaurant or similar occasions, you should definitely add this awesome skimboard to your collection.
Perfect Skimboard for Intermediate Riders
Wave Zone Edge Intermediate Fiberglass Skimboard
The Wave Zone Edge Intermediate Fiberglass Skimboard is only made from the best kinds of materials out there and is made from a substantially superior quality of fiberglass material for superior durability in the long run. This particular skimboard has been designed to suit the needs of intermediate riders and skimboarders alike but can also be used by some advanced and a few beginners depending on how determined they are. However, it is highly recommended for people who are somewhere between beginner and intermediate levels or at least intermediate level due to its suited design for the specific skill level(s) mentioned.
The total weight limit for this skimboard is at a maximum of 130 pounds per rider or person and the coat of this skimboard is made from high quality gel for superior performance and durability in the long run. The core is made from high density foam that will not break easily and provide extra light weight for the rider and the fiberglass material used on this skimboard is very superior.
The total height or size of this skimboard is 41 inches and the total width of the skimboard is at 19.5 inches overall. It has a thickness of 0.5 inch as a skimboard and it also has a unique freebie unlike other skimboards such as free surf wax. It is also a hand crafted skimboard so it is very authentic in its design and there are also free stickers with every purchase of this skimboard so you can personalize it for free.
With a signed note from the owner of Wave Zone skimboards, the width of this skimboard spans at 22 inches in its measurement. You can also perform a lot of fun and various tricks using this skimboard due to its flexible design. At only 6 pounds of weight, it is a very reliable skimboard when it comes down to the light weight feel. The foam core is made from high density material so it is very stable in its build and it is also very tough to withstand fractures and the like.
Ideal Skimboard with a Laminate Deck for Protection
Wave Rebel Local Motion Wood-Laminate Skimboard
The Wave Rebel Local Motion Wood-Laminate Skimboard is a very high quality skimboard to consider when it comes to the protection factor due to the very fact that it has been coated with a laminated deck for its design and durability that is made from hardwood cross laminate for its outer covering in material aspects. With many choices for you to consider when it comes to the design department and personalization of this awesome skimboard, the wood laminated board is perfect for a lot of skimboarding activities due to its durable build.
You can select sizes from 35 inches to 40 inches and 45 inches depending on your preferences and your frame size and it can be used for riders who weigh from 110 pounds up to 160 pounds so it is very good in accommodating riders of a wide range of frame sizes. The total width of the tail part of this skimboard measures 12 inches all in all and the widest point of this wood laminated skim board measures 20 inches across. If you are a beginner at skimboarding then you should definitely consider this particular skimboard for your adventures due to its user friendly and beginner friendly design.
This skimboard is also topped with a high density and high quality epoxy sealer to seal in the durability to the skimboard. Whatever your skimboarding style is, this awesome skimboard can adapt to your wishes and your personal style. It is also super light weight at only 6.3 pounds of weight and the front side of the board has a slight curve in its design as compared to skimboards that have a completely flat design. It is also applicable for most kids depending on the size that you choose.
Perfect Skimboard for Beginner Riders
Wave Zone Squirt Fiberglass Beginners Skimboard
The Wave Zone Squirt Fiberglass Beginners Skimboard is the perfect gear to use if you are a beginner or you are just starting out on the basics of skimboarding in general and the total thickness of this skimboard is at 3/8 inch so it is considerably light weight. It has a total weight limit of 90 pounds so it is more advisable for kids to enjoy and people with smaller frames.
The total size or height of this skimboard is at 36 1/2 inches all in all so it is quite good for kids to enjoy and the skimboard has also been manufactured in a hand craft way so it is manually made without sacrificing the overall quality of the skimboard. Moreover, this skimboard is also made from high density fiberglass that will not break up due to exposure to the sun for a very long time.
The coating of this skimboard is made from high density gel that is very great in its quality. A signed note from the owner of Wave Zone also comes for this awesome skimboard, much like their other skimboards out there. The core of this skimboard is made from high density and powerful foam material for superior durability and the total width of this skimboard on its widest point is at 18 1/2 inches.
It is also very light weight at only 6 pounds of weight so beginners and all skill levels can definitely handle this skimboard without many problems at all and it is great for little kids as well as older kids due to its awesome design.
Ideal Skimboard with a Fiberglass Bottom Construction
Victoria Woody Skimboard
A skimboard of this caliber, the Victoria Woody Skimboard, is very sturdy and awesome due to its intricate design. It is a great and perfect skimboard to consider for beginners due to its simple and straightforward design as a helpful skimboard for practice or for a real battle with the ocean waves and you can also freely choose from a small size and a large size for this skimboard for your needs and preferences. You will be able to perform simple jumping, dropping and running moves on this skimboard so it is perfect for beginners and the like for the hobby or sport.
The wood material on this skimboard is of the best quality compared to market competitors out there and the plywood material on this skimboard is not a joke because it is made from high quality and authentic real mahogany wood which has a resin coating for further protection through the crashing waves out there.
The fiberglass material that is found on the bottom part of the skimboard is great for resisting scouring and dings on the skimboard and the small version measures 31 inches in its length and 19 inches in its width while the large version measures 41 inches in its length and 22 inches in its width at the widest point. If you order the large version, the weight limit range of the skimboard is from 150 pounds up to 200 pounds of weight.
Ideal Skimboard with an EVA Traction Pad
BeachMall EVA Traction Deluxe Wood SkimBoard
With many designs to choose from, the BeachMall EVA Traction Deluxe Wood SkimBoard is made from a deluxe wood material that gives it a very durable feel and also gives you a lot of traction and performance while skimboarding. The traction pad of this awesome skimboard is made from high quality EVA material that gives you a great grip for the best kind of performance possible.
The core of this skimboard is made from natural and high quality solid wood construction for extra durability and authenticity while the skimboard is also different from laminated wood so it is very traditional in its design due to being solid wood in its construction for its core material. The top part has been coated with resin material and the bottom as well so you get a lot of protection in the long run from this awesome coating.
Traction is very good as well due to the groves on the top surface which are diamond shaped to give you a better grip while skimboarding. You can use it if you are at 140 pounds of weight or below as a recommended skimboard size. The weight of the skimboard ranges from 3.2 pounds up to 5.2 pounds depending on the size that you pick for it and you can choose the one that measures 35 inches or you can choose the 41-inch one.
The skimboard model that measures 35 inches in its length has a thickness of 0.45 inches and has a weight recommendation of 85 pounds up to 140 pounds and its widest point is at 20 1/2 inches with a tail measuring a total of 8 inches across and it also weighs only 4.2 pounds and the skimboard model with a total length of 41 inches also has a thickness of 0.45 inches but it is recommended for people who weigh 95 pounds up to 140 pounds while its tail has a length of 8 inches with a widest point of 20 1/2 inches as well and a total gross weight of 5.2 lbs all in all.
The tail design of this unique skimboard is a w-shaped design to give you a lot of traction while in the water and also to add up to the skimboarder’s maneuverability altogether. Even if you are an intermediate player at skimboards, you can still use this skimboard due to its great design that encompasses a lot of skill levels out there.
Unique Skimboard with a Swallow Tail Design
Zap Fish Skimboard 47X20.25″ Swallow Tail
The unique thing about the Zap Fish Skimboard 47X20.25″ Swallow Tail is the fact that it has a swallow tail design which makes it very easy to maneuver over the waters for skimboarding practices or the real thing. It has a total width of 20 1/4 inches across on its widest point and the total length of this skimboard is at 47 inches all in all.
The awesome thing about this skimboard is that it also has a fish design and the graphics on this swallow tail designed skimboard also makes it awesome and unique and does not fade overtime since every single graphic on this skimboard is unique and hand-made in its design. At only 3 pounds of weight, it is truly a very portable skimboard to consider for its size and light weight.
The full outline of this skimboard is curvy which makes it unique and stand out from other skimboards in the marker today. It is ideal for both beginners and advanced users of the skimboard and it allows you to easily float in the water and it produces great speed on the water as well due to its ingenious design.
Perfect Skimboard for Advanced Riders
Wave Zone Glide 48″ 160lbs-Limit Skimboard
The Wave Zone Glide 48″ 160lbs-Limit Skimboard is the perfect gear for those who would like to experience a unique skimboarding feel and it is highly applicable for experienced or advanced users of the skimboard due to its sophisticated design which allows for really challenging tricks. The core of this skimboard is made from high quality foam that is a level 2 PVC material with a great density for superior construction. It has a total weight limit of 160 pounds and this skimboard measures a total length of 48 inches all in all. You can easily glide and make lines with this awesome skimboard.
Maneuverability is also superb for those who would like a little edge in skilled wave riding. The powerful rods on this skimboard add to its durability and the reinforcement point parts of this skimboard also make the skimboard sturdy all in all. Because it is hand crafted individually using wrapped rails using a double poly construction, you only get a solid and outstanding performance and quality from this skimboard overall.
Other skimboards that did not make it to our list were not very worthy because they lacked a lot of safety features and they are too flimsy in their material and wood or synthetic quality. They are also not very good when it comes to the design department and the comfort for the user as well as the authenticity of the product.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are some of the advantages of skimboarding in general?
A: According to Supaskim , cardio exercise is very much done when you are skimboarding much like when you are surfing. You enhance your mental and physical alertness when it comes to catching waves. You will also get in a better shape so it is a great exercise and physical activity for the summer or any season when you can skim. You can also remove stress from your life by engaging in a great hobby or physical activity. You can also boost your self-esteem if you have been feeling down lately and you can also compete in skimboarding competitions for prize money or for your love of the sport or hobby.
Q: What should I remember when skimboarding for the first time?
A: According to Outdoor Board Sports , you should choose a good spot to skim and get a good skimboard. You should also not be worried about falling since it is part of learning. Make sure your positions are in the proper way and practice without people first to avoid potential injuries.
Wrapping It Up
Overall, the Atom 35-Inch Skimboard is our best skimboard to consider whether you are a seasoned player or you are just starting out in the hobby so you can get to skim the waves with great maneuverability and a lot of confidence.
Jen Miller is a former electrical engineer and product specialist with more than 20 years of product design and testing experience. She has designed more than 200 products for Fortune 500 companies, in fields ranging from home appliances to sports gear and outdoor equipment. She founded Jen Reviews to share her knowledge and critical eye for what makes consumers tick, and adopts a strict no-BS approach to help the reader filter through the maze of products and marketing hype out there. She writes regularly and has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse, The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and MindBodyGreen.