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Skim or Surf - which style of riding are you?

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Wake skim and wake surf are two popular wakesurfing disciplines that are often enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. While both sports involve riding on a wake created by a boat, there are some key differences between the two that are worth exploring. One of the key differences between wake skim and wake surf is the type of board used. Skimboards are typically shorter and wider than wake surfboards, and have a different shape that allows them to glide over the water with less resistance. This makes them ideal for performing tricks and maneuvers on the wake.


Wake Skim


Wake skim is a sports discipline that involves riding on a skimboard over the wake created by a boat. Skimboards are shorter and wider than traditional surfboards, and are designed to glide over the water with minimal resistance. In wake skim, riders typically start by being towed behind a boat at a slower speed than wake surfing. Once they have gained some speed and momentum, they release the rope and ride solely on the wake. Riders can perform a variety of tricks and maneuvers on the skimboard, such as spins, flips, and grabs, as they glide across the wake.


Wake Surf


Wake surf is a water sport that involves riding on a surfboard over the wake created by a boat. Unlike wake skim, wake surf involves riding on the face of the wave rather than on top of the wake. In wake surfing, riders typically start by being towed behind a boat at a higher speed than wake skim. Once they have gained some speed and momentum, they release the rope and ride solely on the wake. Riders can perform a variety of tricks and maneuvers on the wave, such as cutbacks, bottom turns, and aerials, as they ride the face of the wave.


In conclusion, while wake skim and wake surf are both fun and exciting water sports that involve riding on a wake created by a boat, there are some key differences between the two. Wake skim involves riding on a skimboard over the wake, while wake surf involves riding on a surfboard on the face of the wave. The type of board used, the type of wave created by the boat, and the types of tricks and maneuvers performed are all different between the two sports. Ultimately, whether you choose to try wake skim or wake surf will depend on your personal preferences and skill level, but both sports are sure to provide an exhilarating and memorable experience on the water.


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