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Skim boarders ride Whidbey’s water
People of all ages zoomed through the water on flat, wooden skim boards.
They performed trick after trick, spraying salty water into the air. People cheered them on as they glided effortlessly through the air hoping to catch the judge’s eye.
This was all part of the skim board competitions held at the fourth annual SkimMusicFest at Double Bluff Beach.
People from across Whidbey Island and around Puget Sound attended the event for its live music, food, and to watch or compete in skim boarding.
SkimMusicFest was formed 10 years ago by Jack’d Skim Boards and officially became an event four years ago.
Owner Auston Reisman said the event focuses on fun and spreading awareness of skim boarding as a beach sport.
There were two age groups that split contestants into 16 and younger and 17 and older. These competitions included longest skim, flatland heat, and rain jam snowboarding. The longest skim competition was a track made in the sand that stretched toward the shore. Riders skimmed as far as they could before their board’s momentum dug the board into the sand. Flatland heat took place in a large pool of water where skim boarders had 15 minutes to show their tricks for a judge. In the final competition, rain jam snowboarding, contenders had 15 minutes to skim off jumps and rails.
After the competition was over, points were tallied and winners were announced. Each winner received a trophy, but all contestants were given a T-shirt.
Participants lined up for a picture, shirts and trophies in hand, with smiles spread across their faces.
Many of the competitors had several years of skim experience.
While it was his first time at SkimMusicFest, 16-year-old Adrian Kasmussen has rode skim boards since he was 7 years old.
Jamie Cockburn, 13, of Seattle also had a lot of experience, skim boarding for five years. His favorite move was grinding on sand bars. Dane Anderson, 21, had skim boarded for 5 years and said his favorite move was the bigger spin, which rotates the skim board in the air during a jump.
Some of the contestants recently picked up the sport.
Brothers Hanno Harms and Henny Harms learned to skim four days prior to the contest when they attended the skim camp put on by Jack’d Skim Boards.
Their favorite move was the“pop shuv it,” a 360-degree midair spin.
After the competition, bands performed including On the Fence, Island Dynasty Dirtyboy Lloyd, the Clam Hammers, Mark, and Seattle hip-hop artist Tulsi in genres from rap to rock.
Barbecue food was served such as hot dogs, veggies and chicken skewers.
People of all ages joined together to celebrate the unique and interesting sport of skim boarding. With the help of volunteers, Reisman was able to more than skim the surface of the art of skim boarding.