Zen and the Art of Skimboarding

OK - so this doesn't really have anything to do with zen, but I couldn't resist the title.

Over the holidays (remember them?) my son and I acquired a skimboard. We took it down to the beach, and after about 20 terrifying minutes I decided that skimboarding wasn't for me. I could see a trip to A&E looming!

Last weekend, we went down to the beach with Carl, who has been skimboarding for a few months. He showed us a few basics, and gave us a demonstration. Within 15 minutes we'd got it.


Carl didn't think he'd done much to help, but I would beg to differ. Firstly, he gave us a couple of really helpful pointers (how to hold the board, and how to start by jumping onto a still board), and secondly he demonstrated the possibility of doing it. Seeing him doing it made a huge difference. Suddenly it seemed doable!

Maybe you're expecting me to draw an analogy now. I don't think I will. After all, this is just a wee post about skimboarding with a helpful friend :)


  1. That sounds like fun. I have seen a few people over the years do it and and it looks great. I think it's amazing how a few tips and some early coaching on something new can get you going in the right direction. I guess Carl is the man for the job.

  2. It's a laugh! Not something I could see myself getting obsessed with in the way that I have with snowboarding, but good fun. Carl is, indeed, the man.


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