Skimboarding in Catanduanes

Skimboarding is fast becoming the most popular water and outdoor sports in the Philippines today. It started in Tanauan, Leyte, sometime in year 2000, the earliest known record of skimboarding goes back to 1920 in Laguna Beach, California.

Here in the island, this water sport is rapidly gaining popularity among the youth. And among their favorite playground are the beaches of Mamangal and Balete in Virac.

Skimboarding (or skimming) is a boardsport in which a skimboard (a smaller, sleeker version of a surfboard) is used to ride on an incoming wave. Unlike surfing, skimboarding begins on the beach, with the skimboarder running and dropping their board onto the thin wash of previous waves. They use their momentum to 'skim' out to breaking waves, which they then catch back into shore in a manner similar to surfing. Another aspect of skimboarding is 'flatland' which involves performing tricks derived from skateboarding such as ollies and shuv-its on the wash of waves without catching shorebreaks.

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