Skimboarding in a Storm w/ GoPro HD HERO

GoPro HD - Skimboarding In A Storm! from Patrick Lawler on Vimeo.

[This video was featured on the home page of! I pretty much just filmed my friend David wiping out in extremely choppy horrible storm waves on his skimboard. I attached a GoPro HD Hero to a broom pole and we had a fun (yet freezing) time throwing the thing around!]

What in the world is skimboarding you might ask?

Skimboarding (or skimming) (or Skiffle Boarding) is a boardsport in which a skimboard (a smaller, sleeker version of a surfboard) is used to ride on an incoming wave. Unlike surfing, skimboarding begins on the beach, with the skimboarder running and dropping their board onto the thin wash of previous waves. They use their momentum to ‘skim’ out to breaking waves, which they then catch back into shore in a manner similar to surfing. Another aspect of skimboarding is ‘flatland’ which involves performing tricks derived from skateboarding such as ollies and shuv-its on the wash of waves without catching shorebreaks.

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