How to Maintain Your Skimboard
Learn how to Protect your Skimboard
So you just bought a $400 skimboard. If you want to keep her around you’re going to have to show her that you love her and you’ll have to learn how to take good care of her. Follow these guidelines below and your new skimboard will stay with you forever.
Don’t let your Board Bake
Your skimboard will be under the sun a lot, but it’s best not to let it get really hot. The traction pads, the wax, and the resin used to hold the board together, all do not like hot temperatures. So try not to let your board bake under direct sunlight for a long time. You can do this by throwing a towel on it or kicking some sand on top of it if you have to leave it out under the sun for a while.
You’re going to drop your board every now and then. At some point you cause some damage in the form of a small crack or dent. If a lot of water gets inside the board it will cause the foam to break down and chances are the water will not leave the board making it heavier. Luckily we have the supplies you need to fix a ding and we have a resource to repair the dings.
Delaminations appear as bubbles on the board because the fiberglass detaches from the foam inside the board. Although it might be fun to press down on the bubble and watch it pop back up, it causes your board to be much weaker. These bubbles get pretty big (about a foot in diameter) but the bigger they get the easier it is to snap your board because a lot of the strength of the skimboard comes from the bond between the glass and the foam. Once that is lost, you have a significant chance of breaking your board.
Packaging a Skimboard for Long Distance Travel
It’s all about the edges. Skimboards are pretty tough for the most part but if you drop it on its nose from a few feet up, you’re going to have a bad time. The best way to protect your board is to wrap it in a blanket. Foam also works very well but then you have to make a special trip unless you have some laying around. Anyway, wrap the board up tight in a blanket and you should protect it from all the bumps and bruises it will face during its travel.