At A Glance
Skim boards have been around in kiting for years now, and one thing they always provide is plenty of fun. The Skim from CrazyFly features a full wood core construction, ABS sidewalls and a reasonably flat rocker line. There are two large pads provided to give you plenty of grip, or you can wax it for that more natural feel. There is a twin fin option at the back and single fin at the front, of course you can, if you want to, ride it finless. There are no footstrap options, the Skim is designed to be ridden strapless.
On the Water
If you have never tried a skimboard in light winds you really should, don’t let the lack of straps put you off. Of course you can ride a twin tip in light winds, but sometimes you end up being caught in the trap of mowing the lawn and the tricks you can do in light winds are limited. Not so with the Skim, the strapless aspect instantly creates a learning curve if you have never tried it before, plus you can get airs and try spins and loops with it. You’ll get wet, without a doubt, but you will have a booming grin on your face. The Skim gets going really early, especially if you leave the fins in, they add a little traction and help it upwind. It’s great fun to ride and jump and it also handles choppy conditions very well. We’ve been having a blast on it in light winds, but also on 9m days when the waves aren’t up to much. All the skills you learn will translate directly onto a surfboard too.
About as much fun as you can have in light winds, the Skim is perfect for learning strapless moves. If you haven’t tried one you definitely should…
This review was in Issue 38 of IKSURFMAG.
By Rou ChaterRou has been kiting since the sports inception and has been working as an editor and tester for magazines since 2004. He started IKSURFMAG with his brother in 2006 and has tested hundreds of different kites and travelled all over the world to kitesurf. He's a walking encyclopedia of all things kite and is just as passionate about the sport today as he was when he first started!