A Brand That’s Making Major Progress
skimboards first became available nationwide in the early 90s. Smetts struggled
at first because riders were unsure about paying the higher prices associated
with Zap’s innovative construction techniques. However, the product’s
performance seemed to speak for itself as Zap’s popularity continued to grow.
The company began exporting to Europe, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean.
Zap skimboards are still the yardstick that other brands are measuring up to.
With an 18-man team of professional riders as well as semi-pro and amateur
sponsorship programs in place, this knowledgeable team continues to make major
advancements in the skimboard industry.
Find the Best Zap Skimboards Online at
Outdoor Board Sports
Outdoor Board Sports, you’ll find an excellent selection of Zap skimboards in
our inventory. The
makes a great first board thanks to its lightweight nature and a design that
favors sand skimming over deep-water performance. For intermediate riders, the
offers an ideal mix of speed and maneuverability at a price that won’t break
the bank. You can also check out the
Chisel for another
option with a narrow tail that offers impressive maneuverability.
to step up to a truly pro-level ride?
Zap’s Ace model
is a beautifully crafted multi-layer board that uses Zap’s proprietary
SuperDura bottom — not only can it cut ribbons in the water, but it can also
take a pounding and continue to perform at top levels. The
Zap Fish is an excellent
all-around board with a double-fin design that’s perfect for throwing tricks.
you’re looking for a new Zap skimboard, Outdoor Board Sports offers these
models, as well as many other American-made Zap skimboards for sale. When you
shop with us, you can take advantage of affordable prices on brands you trust
to help you excel on the water. Browse our selection of Zap skimboards today —
grab yourself a sweet new ride and get ready to hit the beach!
For more detailed information, check out our Ultimate Guide to Zap Skimboards below:
The Ultimate Guide to Zap Skimboards
founder Bob Smetts developed the Zap Skimboard in 1983. A lifelong skimmer from
Venice, Fla., he initially took to the sport as a 7 year old, when he started
mimicking stunts on a makeshift board composed of plywood. By the age of 15, he
was constructing actual surfboards and braving the southern sands. In the mid-1970s,
he relocated to Hawaii, where he began establishing himself as a surfing
entrepreneur and sportsman on the north beaches of Oahu. The early '80s would
find him back in the Sunshine State, where he furthered his board-building
pursuits while taking time to marry and raise a family.
initial impetus for building a
skimboard was to fund his production of the
namesake Smetts and Windflight-label surfboard lines. Within time, however, the
skimboard concept took on a life of its own. Eventually, skimboards comprised
all of his income, and he named his new business Zapology. As time went on, the
fledgling company spawned a new breed of skimming enthusiasts, many of whom
were looking for an alternative to the high costs of surfboards — not to
mention the hazards of waves. Shortening the name to Zap by decade's end, the
brand gradually spread beyond North America to attract skimmers in Eurasia, the
tropics and throughout the Southern hemisphere.
The Zap Lazer Series
• ZAP LAZER 40" – ASSORTED COLORS —The color scheme of
this board resembles the bright white of a big wave crashing down on the deep
blue of the sea. Whiteness covers the bulk of the surface, which is topped by
the Zap logo in its usual place. From the lower right side on down across the
tail tip, the deep blue takes over. The blue and white divide is marked by a
• ZAP MINI LAZER 35.5" – ASSORTED
— This one has a
minty look, thanks to the color scheme of aqua, spearmint green and white. From
nose to tail, each color spans across the surface and blends into the next —
definitely the kind of scheme to reflect the aquatic tones on a bright, sunny
All skimboards in the Zap Lazer
series — except for the last two — measure 40.25" x 20" and are
Outdoor Board Sports
for only $106.99. The two Mini Lazer designs are 35.5" x 20" and sell
for $104.99. Regardless of your favorite color scheme, the Zap Lazer is a
perfect board for preteens who are just getting into the sport of skimming.
The Zap Wedge Series
The next step up in the Zap line of
skimboards is the wedge, which is designed for bigger, taller and slightly more
advanced skimmers. The Wedge series currently consists of the following design:
• Zap Wedge Medium 45" – Assorted Colors — Here's a board
that should inspire any skimmer to go out and make some streaks in the water.
The pattern features white, diagonal streaks going up and into the distance
from the lower left of the tail. It all happens against a rich, watery blue
surface, complete with the look of bubbles.
Zap Wedge skimboards are 49" x 19.75", feature 5/8" high-density
polyvinyl foam core and support body weights of up to 155 lbs (or 70 kg).
Medium boards in the Zap Wedge series measure 45" x 20", consist of
1/2"polyvinyl foam core and support 130 pounds (or 60 kg). Large and medium
Zap Wedge skimboards respectively sell for $181.99 and $146.99 from
Outdoor Board Sports.
The Zap Ace Series
the skimmer who is getting more serious about the sport — yet doesn't want to a
have a serious bite taken out of his or her wallet — there's the Zap Ace
series. Made from SuperDura laminated weave glass, the invincible board is
built for smooth rides by experienced skimmers.
board in the Ace line features the word "ZAP" along the left-nose
edge in action-comic lettering, as well as an ace of spades on the lower
right-hand side. All sizes of the Zap Ace skimboard feature a white surface and
a choice of four color schemes for the letters and graphics: black and red, black
and green, black and gray or black and blue.
dimensions of the five boards in the Zap Ace series are:
• Zap – Ace 56" — 56" x 17.65” x 20.7".
Supports rider weight in the 225 to 255-pounds ballpark. It sells for $314.99.
• Zap – Ace 54" — 54" x 17.65" x
20.7". Supports rider weight of anywhere from 205 to 235 pounds.It sells
• Zap – Ace 52" — 52" x 17.65" x
20.7". Supports rider weight from 185 to 225 pounds. It sells for $295.95.
• Zap – Ace 50" — 50" x 17.65" x
20.7". Supports rider weight of anywhere from 175 to 215 pounds. It sells
• Zap – Ace 44" — 44" x 17.65" x
20.7". Supports rider weight from 135 to 165 pounds. It sells for $259.99.
board in the Zap Ace series is wrapped in premium fiberglass and has a deck that
consists of a 5/8" to 3/4" high-density polyvinyl foam core. You can
purchase all Zap Ace skimboards from
Outdoor Board Sports.
The Zap Pro Series
a skimboard made for those who've mastered the sport. Unlike the vast array of
carbon fiber boards on the market, the Zap Pro is made from Composilite, which
provides all the strength and durability at only a fraction of the price of
comparative models. Boasting a smaller tail than average, the board allows
advanced skimmers to pull off trickier moves on the sand and water. The Zap Pro
series consists of the following two models:
• Zap Pro Large 54" – Assorted Colors —Generally available
with an assortment of colors on the surface and the "Z" (for Zap) logo at the nose,
the Zap Pro also comes in other single colors, such as orange and teal. You
could also get a custom-painted version of the board, with schemes that range
from yellow swirls over orange backgrounds to yellow splatters over green and
• Zap Pro Large 54" – Red Design — This Zap Pro
features one of the world's most enduring color schemes: red, black and white.
Most of the surface is covered in bright, shiny red, while the upper-fourth
features a diagonal swath of black-splattered white, along with the Z logo —
definitely a board for skimmers with a flair for style and a knack for tricky
turns along the watery sands.
dimensions of both boards in the Zap Pro series are 54" x 20.25".
Both boards consist of a 3/4" high-density polyvinyl foam core and are
wrapped in satin microfiber aerospace e-glass weave. Riders that weigh up to 210
pounds (or 95 kg) are supported by the Zap Pro, which sells for $279.99 at
Outdoor Board Sports.
The Zap Chizel
maximizes floatability combined with maneuverability — ideal for the skimmer
who has balanced the wet coastal sands. With its slim tail, the Chizel will
allow you to master various spins. It's also an easy board on which to regain
control after a wipeout. Outdoor Board Sports currently carries one board in the
Zap Chizel series:
• Zap Chizel 50.5" – Green Design — The color scheme
of this board conjures images of clear skies, green trees, water, wind and ice.
Boasting a gradient that morphs from baby blue to Kelly green to wintergreen,
the board is decorated with icy splatters at the nose. Meanwhile, the board
sports not one, but two Zap logos: the regular "Z" logo appears in
the usual left-nose area, while a second, winged Z is placed at the tail. The
Chizel also comes in other color schemes, such as graffiti-covered blue and
vertically streaked green. Inquire about other options.
exact dimensions of the Zap Chizel are 50.5" x 19.5". Comprised of a
5/8" polyvinyl foam core, the Chizel is wrapped in satin microfiber aerospace
e-glass weave. Supporting body weights of up to 165 pounds (or 75 kg), you can
buy the Zap Chizel from
Outdoor Board Sports for $274.99.
The Zap Fish Series
board is akin to the Wedge in that it's optimal for beginner and intermediate
skimmers, yet the Zap Fish can support as much as 155 pounds (or 70 kg). The
board is also impressively curvy. What distinguishes the Fish from all other
Zap skimboards is its unique fish tail.
• Zap Fish 47" – Assorted Colors —Here's a bright and
eye-catching board for mastering the wet sands. Emblazoned in sunflower yellow,
the Zap Fish is an impossible board of which to lose track, whether you're
going through the trial and error of learning the headstand, floater or wrap.
If taken near the shallow reefs of Hawaii, the yellow tang might confuse this
board for a giant among their species.
• Zap Fish 47" – Orange Stripe — This is the Great
White of the Zap skimboard line. Not only does the Fish boast one of the most
floatable designs, it's also one of the most visually distinctive — and not
just because of its fish tail. The secret is in the minimalism of its color
schemes, which are neither busy nor dark, but instead simple and bright. This
board features a white, shiny surface with a gradient orange, line-crossed
swirl that spans the upper left to middle right part of the body.
the Zap Fish skimboard measures 47" x 20.25", and it consists of a 5/8"
polyvinyl foam core in a multidirectional e-glass wrap. You can buy the Zap from
Outdoor Board Sports for $194.99.
Other Zap Skimboards for Sale
In addition to the models covered in
the preceding Zap skimboard reviews, the company produces various other models,
including the Fuse, Chimp, Arrowhead, and numerous other series boards; all of
which are available in a range of sizes, as described below.
The Zap Fuse – This advanced
performance board features a dark gray surface, as well as finger-paint-like
lines on the underside in gray, off black, and crimson. Due to the very
non-beach-like color scheme—which is more evocative of an urban nighttime setting
than anything to do with sand, sun, and waves—this board will easily stand out
against the water. The Zap Fuse series is sold in the following sizes, each
with its own height and weight allowance:
• F50E – Small 50" x 19.6" ¾"
5’0" – 5’8" 135 lbs.
• F52E – Medium 52" x 20.4" ¾“ 5’2"
– 6’0" 165 lbs.
• F54E – Large 54" x 21" ¾" 5’3"
– 6’2" 185 lbs.
• F56E – X-Large 56" x 21.65" ¾"
5’5" – 6’3" 225 lbs.
The Zap Fuse-X – The color scheme on this board—off-black surface; black,
white, and crimson-streaked underside—might not mirror nature, but it sure will
draw attention at the beach. Like the Fuse, but unlike most Zap boards, the
logo is placed along the lower-right edge. The Zap Fuse-X is available in four
FX50 (Small), FX52 (Medium), FX54 (Large), FX56 (X-Large)—that
correlate to the size chart of the Fuse.
The Zap Chimp – Dark green is in short supply in most coastal settings,
which makes this beauty of a board all the more special. Emblazoned from nose
to tail in the color of moss, this board is further distinguished with a
mohawked chimp mascot along the center-right edge. The chimp is available in
the following size variants:
• CH38 – Small 38" x 17.6" ⅝"
4’0" – 4’8" 80 lbs.
• CH42 – Medium 42" x 18.6" ¾"
4’3" – 5’2" 100 lbs.
• CH46 – Large 46" x 19.75" ¾"
4’6" – 5’5" 120 lbs.
The Zap Arrowhead – Gray once again, this time in a tint more reflective of
sand. The underside features marble stripes of gray, black, and burgundy. Created
for the rider who wants a bit more float along the shallow waters, the
Arrowhead is made in the following sizes:
• AH51 – Small 51" x 21.4" ¾"
5’1" – 5’11" 175 lbs.
• AH53 – Medium 53" x 21.5" ¾"
5’3" – 6’1" 200 lbs.
The Zap Pufferfish – This board is streaked along its left side with the
colors of certain pufferfish. The center-right side features an icon of the
distinctive sea critter, apparently getting pumped full of air. Designed with a
unique fish tail, the board is perfect for the mushy waves of the gulf coast.
The Pufferfish is available in two models—
AH51 (small), AH53 (Medium)—that
correspond to the size chart of the Arrowhead.
The Zap Dave Scott – With its narrow-tail design, this board is made for
instant and speedy responsiveness for skimmers of all shapes and sizes. The
light gray board features a green and purple shark icon with the signature of
Dave Scott in bold black letters. The five sizes of this board are as follows:
• DS49 – X-Small 49" x 19" ⅝"
4’11" – 5’9" 90 lbs.
• DS51 – Small 51" x 19.5" ⅝"
5’1" – 5’11" 135 lbs.
• DS53 – Medium 53" x 20" ⅝"
5’3" – 6’1" 165 lbs.
• DS54 – Large 54" x 20.25" ⅝"
5’4" – 6’2" 185 lbs.
• DS56 – Large 56" x 20.5" ⅝"
5’6" – 6’4" 225 lbs.
The Zap Casey Kiernan – Named in honor of the accomplished skimming pro, this
swallowtail board bears the blue of the ocean's water, streaked with the orange
of sun rays on the underside, and further distinguished with a winged-anchor
icon on front. Optimized for heel-toe weight transfer, this board loses no
speed while you move your weight around. The Casey Kiernan comes in the
• KS49 – Small 49" x 19.8" ⅝"
4’9" – 5’8" 145 lbs.
• KS51 – Medium 51" x 20" ⅝"
5’2" – 6’0" 165 lbs.
• KS53 – Large 53" x 20.2" ⅝"
5’3" – 6’1" 185 lbs.
The Zap Boomhower Pro – This versatile
board is perfect for anyone who loves a mix of black and electric colors. The
nose of the Boomhower is flat black, but the lower half is drizzled
horizontally with cross waves of electric blue and lime. Acclaimed for its
curvy outline and floatability, this bird-bedecked board is available in five
BP49 (X-Small), BP51 (Small), BP53 (Medium), BP54
(Large), BP56 (X-Large)—that
correspond to the same size chart as the Dave Scott.
The Zap M5 – On its surface,
the M5 has outer space written all over it; what looks like a snapshot of
faraway stars is streaked with lunar white, while the bold, jagged letters of
the name overlap on the lower right. The underside is pastel blue: a perfect
color to mirror the warmest of sunsets along beaches from Hawaii to Bermuda.
Available in two models—
(Small), M553 (Medium)—that follow
the Arrowhead size chart.
The Zap Comp Carbon – On its surface, the Comp Carbon looks like it could
camouflage with rocks along the beach. Streaking over the surface, however, are
oval lines of subtle red. Flip the board over and you get a solid underside of
bright cherry red. An orange Zap logo further distinguishes this board, which
is available in four models—
(Small), CO52 (Medium), CO54 (Large), CO56 (X-Large)—that correlate to the size chart of the Fuse.
The Zap Smetts Rocket Fish – This fish-tail board is fuller between the nose and
the mid section, which gives it greater front-foot maneuverability than most
skimboards. Designed for the smaller waves of the East coast, the Smetts Rocket
Fish features orange, blue, and black waves over a sandy-gray background, and
it comes in the following sizes:
• RF47 – X-Small 47" x 20" ¾" 4’9" – 5’7"
• RF49 – Small 49" x 20.5" ¾" 4’11" –
5’9" 155 lbs.
• RF51 – Medium 51" x 20.5" ¾" 5’1" –
5’11" 165 lbs.
• RF53 – Large 53" x 20.75" ¾" 5’3" –
6’1" 185 lbs.
Which Zap Skimboard Is Best?
To determine which Zap skimboard
would be best for you, all you need to do is step on a scale, verify how much
you currently weigh and
select a board that correlates to your weight range. As
a general rule, the Zap Lazer is the best skimboard for young preteen skimmers,
because it's built for people who weigh 80 pounds and under. That makes the
Lazer most suited to wet sand—as opposed to water—skimming, which makes it most
ideal for young beginners.
For teens and adults who are upwards
of 155 pounds, the Zap Wedge and Fish are the best skimboards to choose from,
whether the goal is to learn or improve at the sport. The Zap Chizel, which
supports up to 165 pounds, is another board optimized for full-grown skimmers
at the intermediate level. Meanwhile, the Zap Ace and Pro lines are best suited
for skimmers who weigh in the lower 200-pound region. Thanks to the durability
of these heavyweight boards in the Zap line, the Ace and Pro can take more than
their share of use and abuse on the coastal waters, and are therefore optimal
for the demands of advanced skimmers.
Zap Skimboards for Sale Cheap
As the vast majority of Zap
skimboard reviews will attest, the boards in the Zap line are among the best in
the world for learning and mastering the sport of skimming. You can
buy Zap skimboards online at Outdoor Board Sports, which offers a wide array of boards in the Zap lines
covered in this article.
Known for making the world's largest
fiberglass skimboards, the Zap brand's assorted boards are used at beaches
everywhere. Whether you're trying out skimming for the first time or doing 360
Aerials, make Zap your skimboard brand of choice.