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Surf Vs Skim Style Wakesurfing

Post by Craig Kotilinek of Waterski Magazine

One great thing about surfing is that there are all different kinds of legitimate boards to choose from, and each will give you something a little different. The two main disciplines in the sport are surf and skim, and both have their own styles, virtues, and gear. 

Surf style looks more like ocean surfing, in both the style of riding and the board, and it incorporates some of the same tricks. A surf-style board usually has more fins for added traction, which allows for more aggressive turns but is more challenging to spin. They are mostly constructed with fiberglass and a wood stringer -- like ocean surfboards -- which makes the board lively, but also more susceptible to dings.

Skim style, on the other hand, uses mostly flat boards with very little rocker that spin very easily. The boards are compression molded, which makes them durable, but also more susceptible to dings. 

Skim style, on the other hand, uses mostly flat boards with very little rocker that spin very easily. The boards are compression molded, which makes them durable, but also less lively. skim style tricks look more like a wakeskate pass, with technical spins, shove-it and airs. 

With a few minor tweaks to your boat, you can create a wake for both skim and surf in no time. Skim riders typically prefer a longer, less steep wave with a trick-saving pocket that goes way back, which generally means a more bow-weighted boat. Conversely, surf-style riders usually appreciate a steep, tall, powerful wave, produced by a mostly stern-weighted boat.

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