Like a fusion of surfing and skateboarding, skimboarders slide across the sand and water, catching waves and performing tricks on small, fin-less boards. The sport of skimboarding is generally divided into two styles: wave skimming, done primarily on water and akin to surfing, and flatland skimming, done mostly in extremely shallow water over land in a style similar to skateboarding. The style of skimboarding that you prefer determines the type of skimboard you should use.
Skimboards that resemble a short, wide surfboard, made from foam with a fiberglass or resin coating, are designed for wave skimboarding. Wave skimming boards are lightweight and maneuverable. Foam boards are pointed at the nose of the board and most have a slight curve at the tail. A slight lift at the nose of the board -- called "rocker" -- makes the board highly responsive and easier to control, but boards with the most rocker tend to be the slowest.
Wooden skimboards are designed for flatland skimboarding. With a durable surface and heavier weight, wooden boards work well for sliding on rails and skimming a thin layer of water over sandy beaches with less risk of damage. This type of skimboard is usually curved equally at the nose and tail for a high degree of maneuverability and to eliminate the risk of landing with the board facing backward. Wooden boards are available in a large variety of shapes, weights and lengths to accommodate the rider’s size and riding style.