Sir James (imnotacucumber) wrote in rundropskim,
Sir James

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This goes out to all the inconsiderate skimmers, and there are some questions too. Please Answer!

May you never hurt me or anyone of my family. For mark my words, I will snap your board in half with my bare hands, right in front of you if there is no apology.

That being said, I'll explain why I make this statement. I was at Indian Rocks Beach in Tampa on Saturday where the skimmers were out in droves due to Tropical Storm Arlene. Well, my mother was walking along the shoreline, sort of still in where the waves are breaking, but in plain sight nonetheless. Next thing I know, I see an asshole of a skimboarder, bleached blonde hair, braces, riding a carbon board (Exile I believe), throws his board down right in front of my mom, and ends up more or less tackling her into the surf. He then gets up and walks away, it was more of a run actually, without apologizing. My mom pursued and they got into a little tiff. I was right behind her to watch her back to make sure they didn't try anything, and to see how the kid would react. Total ass. It's people like him that give us a bad name. I sincerely hope that no one here would do that, because I would be the first to break your board in half.

Now all that out of the way, I'm thinking about buying a lighter board. Nothing too expensive, just something to play around with when I go to Cocoa. I was looking into one of the Zap boards they sell at the surf shop out there, but I have to ask some questions. Well three actually.

First, does the feel of plastic differ much from wood? Because right now I'm riding two woodies from Victoria because I've been mainly into just riding up and down the beach, but want to get into a little bit of riding waves.

Second, are the boards strong? With me, things to take a beating.

Third, would traction pads be worth getting? Do you really need them, and do they come off? Like if I break my board, are they recoverable?

Now the final two things, I was watching Spongebob the other day (because there was nothing else on) and Nickelodeon did there little spotlight on some sport, and lo and behold, it was on skimboarding. the kid was halfway decent too...Lastly, my sister wants to learn how to skim! So I'm guna give her my Vic Grinder to learn on in Jax. anyone else ride one of those? Is it good to learn on? I ask about learning because I learned on a smaller Vic, the one that caused me to tear ligaments in four toes. So yeah, if anyone answers my questions I'll give you a dollar.
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sorry about what happened to your mom...

zap's are great boards to learn on, because they're decent wave riding boards for a small price. I'd suggest the Zap Wedge. (Just watch the weight limit, and go too far over)

For your question about "plastic" skimboards, I will provide you a little analogy. Wood board to fiberglass board is dump truck to mercedes. lighter, ride smoother, and longer, and smell better. ok maybe not smell better but w/e lol...

almost all fiberglass boards are stronger than a wood board. and 2 billion times better.

when you're just learning to skim, a trac pad won't make much of a difference, but if you're gonna start getting into waves, i'd go for one. i do all "wave riding" and have both arch bar and back trak pad. If you get an X-trak and follow the instructions to the dot, the pad should stay on... and I dont think they're recyclable for you next board lol...i shouldn't have had to answer that...

and i happen to like spongebob.
I would have kicked a bitches ass if that was my mom as opposed to sitting back and supervising.
Anyhow, I ride a Zap Wedge.

I have never ridden on a wood board but from my experience with my zap, it's an excellent first wave riding can learn a lot on it and is awesome for experimenting. I'm learning a lot on it right now.

As far as taking a beating...they are pretty strong, just don't be stupid. Like, if you see a rock anywhere near where you're skimming, pick it up because accidentally running into it isn't the best for your board.

As far as traction pads go...I personally don't have the hugest use for them. I think that is more of a personal preference thing. If you decide to get a Wedge, it is textured so some board wax usually does fine, especially if you are just starting out on waves. If you decide to get traction pads, yes you can take them off and I definitely wouldn't worry about a fiberglass board breaking. It probably won't happen.

But my advice probably isn't the best, some of the other guys will have more to offer regarding your questions. I only speak from experience.
By the owe me a dollar hoe.
if you contact me i can give you some good board advice. but for now... the better boards are not plastic, they are mostly surf materials... you should get a foam skimboard and ditch ur woodies... traction pads are only worth it if you like the feel of them/ want to get more grip on your airs and turns. and if you order the right one, they WILL be strong. hit me up and we can chat about it, peace