DURBAN A NEW SKIM CITY
THE first South African skimboarding championships is on the cards following last weekend’s attempt to set a new unofficial world record for the number of skimboarders hitting one wave at the same time.
“We got 20 guys on one wave. Before that, it was 18,” said organiser Brian Price of Handsdown Industries.
Price says some people think skimboarding merely involves kids on the shoreline jumping on round wooden discs to skim a couple of metres.
“Think again, and check out these pictures,” says Price, who organised last weekend’s first annual skimboarding event – the Handsdown/Gateway Skim Challenge at Umhlanga Rocks, Crescent Beach.
The pictures show that skimboarding is evolving into a daredevil sport of riding crunching beach breaks – sometimes on thick waves that would make even diehard surfers wince in anticipation of serious wipe-outs on shallow breakers barrelling into the sand – or dumpers, as people often refer to them.
It’s potentially arm-, leg-and neck-breaking stuff, all of which is attracting an increasing number of adrenalin junkies.
And with the growth in this sport, there has also been associated advancement in the design of skimboards.
“We are seeing the market grow incredibly fast. In Cape Town, some surf shops are ordering more skimboards than surfboards these days,” said Price.
Price said other than next year’s first SA Championships, two more tournaments were now lined up – one in Cape Town in November and another in Durban in December.
These showcase tournaments that will also enable sponsors to identify skimmers worth sponsoring, says Price.
“Most skimmers would never have thought getting sponsored would become a reality, but it’s happening,” said Price.
Last weekend’s unofficial world record attempt was captured on video and is expected to be broadcast on YoTv in two weeks’ time.
Pictures can be seen www.handsdownonline.com
For more information, call Price at 031 563 2008 or 074 143 1387.