What is it? Throwing, running and jumping on a short, thin board on shallow water.
Equipment Boards go all the way from plywood (DIY) to wood (beginners) to fiberglass composites (more advanced) to materials like carbon fiber and texalium (professional). Big 5 Sports carries basic level boards from $29.99, DBSkimboards makes high-quality boards from $135. Buy the right size for your weight. Use surfboard wax for grip.
Location Two favorite local spots are Dash Point State Park beach at low tide along the stream (park in the lot) and Chambers Creek park in University Place (park along Chambers Creek Road at the 7100 block, walk up the trail past the sign and wade across the creek.) Farther afield, look for flat beaches with small waves (time your ride after they break), shallow streams or anywhere with around three inches of water. “You can even skim in a puddle,” says instructor Isaac Thomas.
WHAT TO WEAR Clothes you don't mind getting completely wet and sandy. Bare feet.
Tips Get down low and throw the board to land flat and straight ahead. Run after it. Plant your back foot just behind it, then jump in the same direction as the board into a skateboarder position, both feet landing at once. Bend your knees.
Where to learn DBSkimboards runs skimboard camps through July and August in conjunction with Metro Parks Tacoma and Des Moines Parks & Rec (at Dash Point) and City of University Place (Chambers Creek.) www.dbskimcamp.com.