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Skimboarding is a recreational physical activity that involves gliding across shallow water on a wooden board. Typically, skimboarders first push the board ahead of them on shallow water; they then run after the moving board and jump on to it; and they then glide on the shallow waters, sometimes moving out into shallow waves or back toward the shore. In addition to these basic moves, advanced skimboarders may attempt to ride higher waves or perform tricks, such as 360 shove-its, wraps, and big spins. Balancing on the board the board can be difficult due to its small surface area.

Is this activity known by any other names?


What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Skimboarding originated in the 1920s in California, USA when lifeguards at Laguna Beach used thin pieces of wood to skim across the water close to shore. In Canada, skimboarding first gained popularity on the west coast, and later came to the GTA.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

In the GTA, skimboarding occurs informally and regularly throughout the summer months.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Skimboarding is practiced informally.

Cultural Significance


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