Brandon Wright is a long time skimmer from British Columbia. You have probably seen his Web site skimBC.com and if you haven’t you need to go after reading this profile.
What’s your name?
Where are you from?
Victoria, BC, Canada
How old are you?
I’m a young gun – 22.
How long have you been skimming?
17 years… My years of skimboarding are almost legal age to drink here in Canada.
Where do you skim normally?
Who do you skim with?
Triple B Skim Team (Wolfey and Tron)… And there is a plethora of other guys I ride with too.
What is your favorite trick?
5-Shuvs, bigger spins, and shuv double grabs! I like to keep all my tricks at least a foot out of the water.
Where have you traveled to skimboard?
All over California and WashingtonState. My favourite spot to this day is still
26th Ave in Santa Cruz… Keep an eye out for me in September for the O’Neill Skim Bash out there!
Where do you want to travel to skim?
I want to actually skim Cabo next time I’m there, been 3 times but never had a board!
What board(s) do you ride?
Zed Canvas and Zed Harvest
Do you compete?
Heck yes. I’ve also been known to host the odd competition as well.
If so, what competitions have you competed in?
Last year – Sub Zero Skim Jam and Switch Boardshop’s Trifecta Skim Comps
And what are some of your contest highlights?
Sub Zero Skim Jam – 1st
Switch Boardshop’s Trifecta – 1st
Do you have any sponsors? What companies?
Yes sir! Zed Skimboards
What other board sports do you partake in?
Snowboarding, longboarding (skateboard), and surfing. I’ve also tired out a flowrider a couple of times, those things are siiiick.
What skimboarding goals do you have?
Keep promoting the sport as much as I can! Keep SkimBC.com growing! More selfishly – I want to land a flatland kick-flip.
Where do you see the skimboarding going in the future?
What riders influenced your skimboarding?
All my buddies here in Vic, they’re always pushing for new innovative tricks…
What riders are pushing the sport right now?
Lynch, Isaac, Minns, ya know the usual guys. I’m really stoked on the wave scene these days, so all of the dudes killing it on the UST are pushing me to crush our Canadian waves.
If you were stranded on a desert island that already has a plentiful resource of skimboards what three things would you bring?
Camera, batteries, and a monkey butler that can take photos, change batteries, and that would taste delicious if sh*t hit the fan.
What is the best advice you can to a skim grom trying to get recognized?
Compete in all your local skim comps, and get active on skimboarding message boards! If you do make the step to contacting people – make sure you make yourself sound respectable… You are trying to sell yourself.
How is the skimboard scene on Vancouver Island? How are the waves?
All of the riders are very laid back, everyone supports each other, and there is mutual respect for other guys/gals at the beach with board. I hope Island scene doesn’t change! The waves on the Island are totally hit and miss, for instance this past weekend on Friday night I skimmed the most epic Port Renfrew waves from about 8 – 10pm… Then the next morning I skimmed 6-8am and the waves didn’t even exist. You gotta have your fingers crossed when you drive the 1.5hrs from Victoria to Port Renfrew in search of waves.
Is the skimboarder population growing on the island?
The population is growing rapidly on the Island, there has been a huge influx of skimboarders over the past two years… It’s such an accessible sport and now all of the surf shops are carrying professional quality boards. The sport is only improving!
How did you come to start SkimBC.com?
Geeze, six or seven years ago I started up SkimBC with the idea that I could help promote the sport of Skimboarding through creating a local community. On a more technical level I’ve always been intrigued by web design and design in general, so it seemed like a natural progression to integrate my athletic passion with my technical passion. SkimBC has done amazing things for me personally, I’ve gained life-long friends through the site and now have connections with people I probably wouldn’t have made any other way!
Last words? Shout outs?
Chicks dig skimboarders.