2017 DB Pro/AM Results and Photos

The annual DB Pro/AM went down at Dash Point outside of Seattle, Washington last week with SeventyOne team rider Logan Davidson taking first place. Local photographer, Mel Levin, was kind enough to send over some photos from the skimboard contest and you can see more of her photos on her Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

Results:
1. Logan Davidson
2. Adrien Raza
3. Cody Mauer

Seattle Skimboarding Session

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The tides in Seattle, Washington are not always the best for flatland skimboarding, but when the tides are good, they are good and Seattle has some fire skimboarding! DB Skimboards team rider Casey Gackle ventured out to Alki Beach, in West Seattle with photographer @equalmotion for a super low tide and snagged some great skim photos.

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The cool park about West Seattle is there are also ferry waves that you can hit on the shore. The crew is optimistic they might be able to snag some waves in Seattle in the fall also, so stay tuned!

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2015 Vic Skimboard Contest Photos and Video

The 2015 Vic Skimboard Contest went down in epic fashion per usual and we are stoked to present the official United Skim Tour video along with some rad photos from Mitch Ridder.

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We snagged some of the contest run down from the United Skim Tour’s video description, which should help you relive the contest. For this years contest 42 pros entered as the points for the United Skim Tour was drawing near the end. Sam Stinnett looked like a favorite throughout the event, but then got second in his pre-quarterfinal heat which set him up for a man on man with #2 Blair Conklin. In a dramatic quarter final heat Blair came out on top opening the door for Blair to gain some ground on Sam in points. Next up was a man on man with Austin Keen and this time Austin came out on top.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the bracket Tim Fulton was winding his way through his man on mans to set up the final with Austin. Austin had some big scores throughout the weekend reaching the seemingly unreachable waves out the back that defied explanation. He started off the final with just such a wave. As the heat progressed he tried valiantly to score two more, but big reward comes with big risk and he never found the big scores he was looking for. Meanwhile Tim skimmed a textbook heat bypassing some of the larger ones but racking up score after score on head high shorebreak. This proved to be the smart choice as his consistent solid performance throughout the event made him winner of the 39th annual Victoria event.

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We also took the time to talk with the photographer, Mitch Ridder, who sent us all of these photos to see what he thought about the whole event and what went into taking these photos.

Q. What was it like shooting at the Vic?
A. Shooting The Vic was a well run, entertaining and fun event to shoot. Though a
lifelong resident of Laguna Beach and now retired lifeguard of 38 years, this was my first time shooting the World Championships as well as the sport of skimboarding.

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Q. What was your favorite part of the Vic?
A. My favorite part of the event was watching the future of the sport compete, the 8 & Under Division. Though they looked to be a little nervous at times, they took the competition seriously, while also having a lot of fun.

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Q. What was the most memorable moment?
A. I can’t say there was just one memorable moment, but the yellow flag, Baja hurricane generated surf (sets 5-6 ft), plus a high A.M. tide, kept competitors and spectators on their toes with great wet sand tubes and beach washouts.

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Q. How can people see more of your photography?
A. My photography may be found on Flickr and on Facebook.

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Q. What gear did you use?
A. I shoot with a Canon EOS 50D and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS zoom.

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This year the Victoria contest at Aliso got moved to late August in the hopes for better waves and boy was that a good move. With record temperatures, light winds and a 3-5 foot swell in the water, it was perhaps the best conditions seen at the event in at least a decade.

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The First Skimboarder in North Korea

We recently had the chance to talk with skimboarder/humanitarian worker/surfer Zeke Conner who works for the organization Surfing The Nations that is headquartered in Wahiawa, HI. They recently just got back from North Korea where they had the opportunity to do a surf and skate camp. With Zeke’s passion for skimboarding, he also got permission to bring the first skimboard into the country and share the sport.

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Q. What was it like traveling to North Korea?
A. Traveling to North Korea was almost indescribable. The trip is so rare and almost unheard of in this day and time, with that it carries it’s own uniqueness and experiences that you can’t get on any other trip. The U.S. Government did not recommend me going and family and friends tried talking me out of going. I was about to do what many thought was impossible and insane. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening until we got on the plane. Stepping into the country, my first impressions were “Right now I’m entering into the most mysterious and closed off country, that has the 4th largest army in world, to introduce the sport of skimboarding. While in the country we had to really be on our toes wherever we went though. We had to be careful how we carried ourselves and what we talked about. Before going on the trip I had to sign a paper saying that I agree I want talk about politics, share religious material, or take pictures of locals and many more other things. But throughout our trip, we were treated with great care and attentiveness, such as we had three full course meals every day and was always checked on to see if we were doing okay and enjoying ourselves. It was overwhelmingly good. The closest I’ve ever felt to being a king.

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Q. Were you being escorted the whole time?
A. Yes! We were escorted the whole time while in the country by 5 tour guides(4 males and 1 female) from the Korean International Travel Company(KITC). We actually built a very good friendship with our guides. We would hold conversations, laugh and play jokes with each other, and share our lives with one another. One guide was the tour guide for our 2014 trip to North Korea. So it was cool to see someone we knew in the country and pick back up where we left off.

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Q. What were the North Korean beaches like?
A. My team and along with the locals, only have access to two of the beaches in the entire country. The beaches we went to were so beautiful and clearly well maintained. I remember waking up early in the morning and seeing workers raking the beaches to make it look nice for the new day. No trash could ever be found lying around. The sand was fine and light brown, reminiscent of the beaches on the North Shore of Oahu. Walking along the beach, thousands of the most perfect shaped clam shells lay on the shoreline – almost as if they were placed there as a gift to us!

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Q. What were the waves like?
A. For the five days that we were there, the waves were pretty small. It reminded me a lot like the waves in my hometown on the Gulf Coast in Florida. On the first day we arrived, there was clean waist to chest high sets rolling in. When waves came in, it was a pretty good place for skim. You could catch some airs and wrap the waves to ride it back into shore. I would say it is a very comfortable place for beginner skimboarders to learn especially the Koreans. Overall, the waves were fun. No crowds!

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Q. Would you go back again?
A. I would most definitely go back! Surfing The Nations(the organization I work for) has made a commitment for return trips over the the next 5 years. To be able to share my passion for skimboarding with a culture completely unaware of its awesomeness was both humbling and uplifting. That is what draws me back. We go to not only bless but to build.

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Do you think people will start skimboarding in North Korea?
A. That is our ultimate goal. We were able to leave a couple of boards with the locals on this most recent trip and are hoping to do the same for next year. It’s all about planting seeds. Soon enough, with a little encouragement and support from us, we hope to see a Korean “Bill Bryan” emerge!

Q. What was the interesting thing you saw in North Korea?
A. It was not so much a single most interesting thing, as the overall experience. Simply being immersed in a culture so closed off that it has not seen, heard or even imagined surfing and skimboarding blew my mind. That is a really hard concept for us in the western world to comprehend, but it is the reality there. But if I had to choose one interesting story it would be the time we went to their water park . We were invited to their newly built water park to perform a surf demo in the wave pool. We would catch a wave and the crowd would go crazy! Large crowds began to form around us and in the pool to see what was happening. It was the first time they had ever laid eyes on something like that. We eventually got the chance to push people on some waves and to share the stoke. It’s amazing how a sport like surfing can unite people and bring so much joy along with it.

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Q. Anything else you want to add?
A. It was an incredible privilege to take part on this international trip. The friendships made and amazing skim experiences spur us on to work even harder with our local projects. I wholeheartedly recommend anyone looking for a new surfing adventure to check out Surfing The Nations website www.surfingthenations.com. Or you could help fund our local projects and encourage future generations of surfers right here in Hawaii. Mahalo!

DB Skimboards: Adam Balaam rides off the Utah Waterfall and Lands it

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For years people have been trying to fly on their skimboard off the waterfall in the Virgin River in St. George, Utah. Seventyone rider Logan Davidson got real close last spring and European DB Skimboards riders Adrien Raza and Daniel Priel got even closer this summer, but it was DB Skimboards rider Adam Balaam who finally landed it last week.

DB Skimboards has all the video and plans on releasing an edit from their recent road trip to Utah in the coming months, so be sure to keep your eyes open for the epic video.

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2015 DB Pro/AM Skimboard Contest Results and Photos

A flatland skimboarding classic the 2015 DB Pro/AM went down last weekend. Seventyone skimboards team rider Logan Davidson used his ability of riding switch to beat out DB Skimboards team rider Adrien Raza for first place at the contest.

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Below you can find all the photos from EqualMotion of the contest. This skim comp featured a U-16, Women’s Amatuer and Pro division and it was the 12th consecutive year this skim contest took place. Props to DB Skimboards on that.

Pro Results:
1. Logan Davidson
2. Adrien Raza
3. Isaac Thomas
4. Adam Balaam
5. Casey Gackle

Amatuer Results:
1. Josiah Thomas
2. Kenny Prattico
3. Ludomir Wanot
4. Doug Parker
5. James Mizioak

Womens Results:
1. Alicia Nguyen
2. Megan Sorenson
3. Tait Smith

U-16 Results:
1. Marcus Hemshorn
2. Jonny Lehave
3. Colin Providence

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DB Skimboards Bellingham Skim Jam Photos and Video

DB Skimboards ventured up to Bellingham, Washington to put on a free skimboarding demo last weekend. Over 20 skimboarders showed up to skim with the DB Skimboards crew. You can checkout some of the photos from Matt McDonald below and you can see all the photos by CLICKING HERE.

There’s also a fun little edit DB put together from the event you can see above.

We hope to start seeing more skim jams this summer. They are super fun and easy to setup. If you happen to be doing a skim event this summer make sure to contact us, so we can promote it.

Photos from the DB Skimboards Skim Jam at Locust Beach in Bellingham, Washington. More photos at DBskimboards.com

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Isaac Thomas Shipwrecks Skimboard Session

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A few photos of Isaac Thomas skimboarding Thomas Pro at the Tacoma Shipwrecks Beach. The skim session featured a variety of tricks ranging from backside boardslides, frontboards and frontside nose blunts.

View the full skimboard session report over on the DB Skimboards website HERE.

Photos by EqualMotion

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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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