From what I could gather through skimonline.com and other internet related sites, skimboarding started back in the late 1920s when Laguna Beach lifeguards used to skim on pieces of wood on the beach. During that time, skimboarding was called “skidboarding” or “the thing you do on the sand with a piece of wood” but eventually changed to skimboarding prior to the launch of Victoria skimboards in 1976 because “Skid” seemed to sound more of a negative connotation compared to “Skim” which seemed to be more of a positive image.
During the 1960s skimboards were referred to as “double enders” because of its shape. The board is rounded at both ends but one end has a larger radius, which was the nose of the board. Even in those days, skimboarders were pushing the limits by venturing out into the waves. Some of the basic moves were speed runs and fly aways with the occasional top turn to make a big spray. One of the legendary riders at that time was Mike Buxton.
Ever since then skimboards and skimboarding as a sport had come a long way thanks to skimboarding legend Charles “Tex” Haines and Peter Prietto, sole owner of Victoria skimboards today. They started Victoria skimboards together and was the first people to take action in making skimboarding to what it is today. Victoria skimboards is not just a high quality skimboard manufacturer but also serves as the backbone for information on the sport and had organized the first skimboarding competition in the late 1970s that has compelled others to do so too till today.
Skimboarding as a sport boomed during the 1970s and 1980s and even had the first skimboarder Tom Trager on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine. But shortly after that, during the late 1980s and 1990s the sport experienced a decrease in interest. But luckily for us (new generation skimboarders), thanks to the dedication and persistence of our highly respected senior skimboarders and with skimboarding publications such as Skim Online (1995) and SKIM Magazine (1999) [Replacing the Skimboard Magazine of the 80's], skimboarding in the 90's and 2000 has become a much more professional and diversified cutting edge sport. For more info please log on to www.skimonline.com or www.victoriaskimboards.com.