Sunset skimboard session with Devin Poulton at Balmers

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Spring is upon us in part of the world and that means so is skimboarding season. It’s been a very warm winter in the Pacific Northwest that has enabled skimboarders in British Columbia to start skimboarding without wetsuits a bit earlier than normal.

Here’s some skimboard photos of Devin Poulton and Thomas Bell captured at Balmer’s Beach in British Columbia during a sunset skim session. We are stoked that Thomas has a new camera and can’t wait to see more skimboarding photos in the future!

For more skimboarding photos you can follow DEvin and Thomas on Instagram at:

@devinpoulton and @_thomasbell

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Brazil Skimboard Sessions captured by Andre Magarao

Brazillian photographer Andre Magarao has been capturing amazing skimboard photos for years now and this recent batch that were featured over at Exile Skimboards are epic. Angry used his artistic ability and some remote flashes to capture these breathtaking photos.

Checkout all the photos here: Exileskimboards.com/brazil-night-skim-sessions

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“The boys have been active down in Brazil with the help of Photographer Andre Magarao,” said Exile Skimboards. “Andre has an incredible eye, and ability to motivate riders to perform.”

More skimboarding and photography at:

Exile Skimboards
@andre_magarao

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Winter Flatland Skim with DB Skimboards

The DB Skimboards guys are constantly skimboarding even when it is freezing outside. DB team riders Isaac Thomas and ‎Blake Zimmerman snagged some skimboards and headed to a new winter skim spot in Tacoma, Washington with photographer Matt McDonald. As the sun slowly started to drop below the horizon (which happens at 4pm this time a year in the Pacific Northwest) the skim duo threw down some bangers on a couple of features. Here’s a few photos from the session and a mini edit of Blake Z! Make sure to keep your eyes open for new edits by the DB Skimboards crew in the coming months.

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Conspiracy Skimboards Beach Party Skim Jam

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Conspiracy Skimboards threw a Beach Party Skim Jam in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada last weekend. Some standouts from the skim jam were Logan Davidson and Devin Poulton. The event was not a contest and was low key skim jam and it was 100% free. Skimboarders traveled from Kelowna, Vancouver Island and Washington state.

Big Thanks to everyone who came out the Beach Party!

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Northeast Skim Tour: Stop #1 – Rhode Island

Words by Colter Miller
Photos by IvanSieckowskiVisual

On Saturday June 14, the Northeast Skim Tour held it’s first competitive stop of the 2014 at Charlestown Town beach in Charlestown RI. Following the skim gathering in May several skimboarders from New York joined the ever growing cast of participants from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. 



When we showed up that morning, the sound of the waves let us know that the swell had held overnight and that so long as the wind remained light and offshore our day was going to be a blast. 

When it came down to the final heats in each division the tide was ebbing and the waves were working well on the sand bar setup.

In Boy’s Conor Sullivan upset the 2013 boy’s division victor in Michael Blanchette and new comer Cooper Stearns. The Jr. Men’s division had a great day of competition but in the end last year’s first place finisher Ian Wright was edged out by the local contingent of JJ Johnson, who earned a second place finish with smooth and consistent riding, and Trevor Kane who took top honors with his speed and excellent wave reading. 



The Ladies had a small turnout, but saw two great heats with Mackenzie Nagy claiming top honors and Maia Demirs taking second in her first competitive showing.



The Men’s division was once again the standout, barn burner of a competitive showdown that we have come to expect including back to back semi-finals where riders were trading wrap to cover-up liners in duking it out for positions in the finals. The final was a fantastic blend of riders from around the region and truly embodied what we hope to do as a competition series in bringing together the best skimboarders from around the Northeast.

In fourth place, Aaron Barmmer hailing from Cape Cod made his first final of the year after a very close battle with his twin brother Noah in the semi finals. In third place, John MacMullen of Connecticut made his first Men’s division final since sweeping the Jr Men’s division in 2012. In second place Liam Kommer made the trek up from Long Island and picked his way through the lineup to take out a respectable final ranking in his first competition with the Northeast Skim Tour. But, it was Drew Plourd, 2012 NEST Champion, who three-peted with a Charlestown win and first place title with explosive frontside snaps and a deft skill for picking the right waves at the right times.



It was a fantastic showing and has all of us looking forward expectantly to the second stop on Cape Cod Come July 13th, especially with Austin Keen in town to act as a skim guru and celebrity judge. We hope to see all you Northeast Folk on the Cape and until then keep tuned in to @Northeast Skimboarding.

Follow the tour at: Facebook.com/pages/Northeast-Skimboarding/

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2GNAR skim-zine

Enjoy the first issue of 2GNAR SKIM-ZINE. This project was started in January 2013. It features the progression of Flatland Skimboarding , Originally this project was made for print. It was finished in December 2013 with a few limited printed copy's. 2GNAR skim-zine has now skimmed its way onto the interwebs. ENJOY issue 1 of 2GNAR skim-zine.

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The Final Bellingham Skimboarding Sessions of Summer

Well, summer is officially over for a majority of us in the western hemisphere and we need to start thinking about wearing wetsuits if we want to go skimboarding at least in the Pacific Northwest. Here is an edit shot over the course of summer 2013 in Bellingham and the photos from the last skimboarding sessions of summer in Bellingham, Washington featuring Matt McDonald, Vincent Howard, Isaac Jose and some other local Bellingham skimmboarders.

Photos by Matt McDonald/Dana Miner of EqualMotion.com and Austin Martin of Mstrctrl.com. Video by Matt McDonald.

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WTF is happening above? Pushing a skimboard like a skateboard…

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The booties are coming out for winter. See ya at the beach!

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2013 Polish Skimboarding Open Video and Photos

This summer I was part of the DB Skimboards European Tour that traveled through Europe for three weeks. The last stop of the tour was the Polish Skimboarding Open. Here are the photos and video I captured of the contest.

You can also view all of this content and more in the new issue of Flatland Magazine by CLICKING HERE.

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Skimboarding with Anna Penn

Meet Canadian skimboarder and Zed Skimboards team rider Anna Penn.

The photoshoot took place at Sutherland Park in Kelowna, British Columbia for this article.

Words by Kelli Bean. Photos by Shane Zundel.

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Q: Name?
A: Anna Penn

Q: Age?
A: 22 years old. February 9th

Q: From?
A: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Q: What is the Victoria, BC, skim scene like?
A: It’s very laid back, nobody takes themselves too seriously and there’s a whole spectrum of skill, from little kids trying it out for the first time, to pro guys pop shuving over logs the size of little kids.

Q: Wave rider, flatland or both?
A: I’m Flatland…though I’ve dabbled in wave riding in Maui, Hawaii.

Q: How long have you been skimboarding?
A: I started skimming in 2004…so I guess almost 10 years ago now. That sounds like a long time but I’ve never been hardcore enough to translate all that time into pro skill.

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Q: How did you first hear about skimboarding?
A: My brothers used to make their own boards, and ride them whenever we went to the beach…eventually I took one of their boards and tried it out.

Q: Who has influenced your skimboarding style?
A: That’s a tough question. I would have to say my brothers, since they taught me how to do it, but style is pretty self-determined for me. I go with what you feel and if it works, I stick with it.

Q: Where do you normally skim these days?
A: I’m living in Kelowna, BC, right now so I’m getting used to skimming the lake spots. The good places change throughout the summer but my favorite so far is Hidden Beach.

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Q: Where is your all-time favorite skim spot?
A: Witty’s Lagoon in Victoria…it’s practically my backyard. You can skim the lagoon, the shoreline or the tide-pools. Pretty unreal.

Q: Have you traveled to skim?
A: No, but I’ve traveled to travel and then skimmed while there. Hawaii, California and Australia & all have been sweet.

Q: Where would you like to travel to skimboard?
A: Poland! I wanna enter the competition there so badly.

Q: Do you compete?
A: Yeah I used to compete, but I haven’t for a few years…British Columbia doesn’t offer much in the way of competitions. Honestly…I’ve always hated competing, I think I must have some degree of performance anxiety because as soon as I know a camera or judge is near I can’t stick the trick I usually stick with ease. I’m sure a lot of people are the same way.

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Q: What board company sponsors you? Explain sponsorship. 

A: I’ve been sponsored by Zed Skimboards since 2011. Being sponsored by Zed means I’m representing their company every time I skim. Whether that is in competition or just skimming for fun. The company gives you boards, gear and apparel so you want to show your appreciation by advocating for them. Zed is a really awesome company and their boards are amazing quality so they’re easy to advocate for.

Q: As a female sponsored rider, what advice would you give to other young girls wishing to be sponsored?
A: Compete, that’s how you get recognized. You don’t have to be the best, I wasn’t winning competitions when Zed picked me up, you just have to show that you’re stoked on skimming and have potential. In addition to that, go skim with guys. Try and do the same tricks that they do…try and beat them at skimming. The more you standout the more likely you are to get noticed. I have a friend in Kelowna, Kira Byers, who kills it on a skimboard. I think she was sponsored & should be again.

Q: What advice would you give young girls who are dealing with pressure, criticism and negativity on the beach?
A: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”. That’s the quote I go back to always. If anyone is giving you a hard time don’t let it get to you… you’re on the beach to have a good time so don’t let anyone take that away from you.

Q: What is your favorite trick?
A: 360 shuv. In 2011 I tried for an entire summer to get this trick…for some reason I just couldn’t get it. I got injured so many times in the process but finally it just clicked.

Q: What is one of your skimboarding goals?
A: To compete in a big competition in a different country.

Q: Where do you see the sport heading in the future?
A: It’s hard to say, sometimes it seems like it’s dying off, and then you’ll go to the beach and you’ll be sharing the beach with 15 other skimboarders. There needs to be more promotion of flatland skimboarding in Canada, especially since there are so many unreal spots to skim!

Q: What other board sports do you partake in?
A: Longboarding, pennyboarding, surfing, skiing (if that counts as a board sport) & snowboarding when my friend Pascal lends me her board!

Q: Tell us a bit about the Roxy contest you entered. Is this something you are interested in entering again?
A: It was called Roxy ‘Dare Yourself’ and basically Roxy wanted to see who was daring themselves in their every day life. They chose 5 girls from around the world to go on an epic Roxy adventure. I didn’t win, they were looking for girls who were above and beyond extraordinary, for example a girl named Lexi had lost her leg in a boating accident but that didn’t stop her from living her life to the fullest. Although I didn’t win an ultimate adventure, I was asked to join the Roxy Style Squad so I was stoked that I entered the competition and I would do it again.

Q: What did you study in school, and what would you like to do as a career?
A: I just graduated with a Kinesiology degree. I’m really interested in health promotion, specifically sustainable communities, so I’m planning on doing my masters in that field in Australia sometime in the next few years.

Q: What makes you happy, besides skimboarding?
A: This could be a really long list haha…a lot of things make me happy. There are the obvious things, being surrounded by my friends and family, my boyfriend Nick, sunshine, food & being underwater (especially salt water). As well as, being barefoot, longboarding, laughing, accelerating, tea & being outside.

Q: Tell us something people may not know about you?
A: Haha well, I was born in a car…a baby blue Mazda.