Charging ankle-deep through the water, the competitors tossed their thin boards onto the surface and jumped on, gliding for 10, 20 and even 30 feet at a time.
Cries of “C’mon girl!” and “Get ‘er done!” rang out along the Feather River to encourage skimboarders at the second annual Yuba City competition. Dozens of people sat on the wide, sandy stretch of beach to watch kids and adults showcase their skimming skills.
Skimboarding, a sport normally associated with the ocean, involves running through shallow water, tossing a thin wooden board and hopping on for a quick slide across the water’s surface. More experienced skimboarders add ramps and obstacles to their routes, popping off the surface and gliding across plastic piping before returning to the water.