At A Glance
Kiteloose have undergone somewhat of a rebirth over the last few months, a new website, new equipment and a new attitude to kiteboarding. It is refreshing to see and we were keen to get our hands on the first bit of gear they sent us. Luckily for us it was the Skimmy, perfect for light winds this board is a development from their wooden skimboard of old. Priced at just €339 it is still reasonable as an extra toy for the quiver. It features 4 rear fins to aid it’s control in the waves, a comfy kick pad and a non slip deck that you literally cannot slide off! Using an EPS core and laminate construction the board is really light, yet strong enough to withstand some punishment.
On The Water
Skimboards are generally a light wind toy, but not exclusively, they can still be used when it is blowing to great effect. Jumping on the Skimmy puts a smile instantly on your face, this board is all about fun and it certainly feels it underfoot! The wide nose and flat rocker enable it to be used as a very light wind toy, with a big kite you can be out and having fun in 10 knots. The rocker in the tail keeps the board loose and fun. Ollies, 180’s 360’s are all within easy reach. The board is light too, which makes it easy to grab and pick up during air’s and transitions. The 4 fin set up at the back helps to give it enough drive to handle small waves and we had a blast in mushy conditions where full on wave boards can be a bit of a slog.
Well built and well priced, these combine to make it a reasonable investment for those light wind days. Add in the fun factor and the way it will improve your kiting and the Skimmy is a no brainer.
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This review was in Issue 33 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!