For beginner and even intermediate skimboarders, usually a more generic high-end carbon fiber skimboard can be excellent and will definitely get the job done. However if you are someone who could be considered a true expert in the sport of skimboarding, you might want to take your game to the next level through the use of a Pro Model skimboard.
Pro Model skimboards are typically tailored to the exact custom specifications of elite skimboarding athletes, and therefore they tend to be extremely responsive on the water and great for technical tricks. These kinds of professional model skimboards are really not good for beginners though, as they tend to have a lower buoyancy rating and are definitely less forgiving than some of the more buoyant and beginner-friendly skimboard models available on the market in 2018.
Pro Model skimboards also have the advantage of being specifically designed for certain types of riding styles, for example if you are an advanced skimboarder who likes to do shove-its and other technical tricks, you can seek out a pro model board that is designed for that exact purpose. Or maybe you are a skimboarder who is all about high speed lines and getting out to larger wave breaks, then in that case you can source a pro model board that has been exclusively designed for that riding style.
Regardless of your riding style, as an advanced skill level skimboarder there are tons of pro model skimboards available in 2018 that can act as the perfect hardware to further hone your skills. For the benefit of skimboarding athletes all over the world, this article will present some of the premier pro model skimboards that are making waves in 2018. Stick around and continue reading on to find out more!
Buying Advice For Selecting A Pro Model Skimboard In 2018
Perhaps the most critical piece of buying advice that can be given with regard to selecting a pro model skimboard in 2018, is the notion that only upper level intermediate or advanced skill level skimboarders should be considering a pro model skimboard. The basic reason for this has to do with the fact that most pro model skimboards are a bit thinner than more generalized skimboard models, and therefore they have a noticeably lower buoyancy rate overall.
This allows expert skimboarders to achieve very high speeds, it allows for sharp and responsive movement on the water, and it makes executing technical tricks a lot easier overall. So essentially, it is only going to be advanced and expert skimboarders who can really make good use of a pro model skimboard, and this is something to consider when shopping around for a new board.
In terms of other buying advice for choosing an elite pro model skimboard, it definitely helps to consider your own personal riding style so that you can select a skimboard that has features that will support the unique characteristics of your skimboarding technique profile. A great example of this has to do with skimboarders who execute a lot of switch tricks and maneuvers.
This kind of switch-heavy riding style will be well supported by a pro model skimboard that has a more blunted nose section overall, since the more blunted nose creates a ride dynamic that is conducive to switch setups. Another piece of advice to think about when selecting a pro model skimboard has everything to do with the overall rider weight and body type, since each respective model of pro skimboard will support different rider weights and body types.
This would appear to be a simplistic piece of advice, but it is absolutely critical if you want to have a good fit in terms of skimboard size in relation to body weight. You could be an expert skimboarder with the most elite pro model skimboard, but if you have chosen the wrong size board for your weight, the entire ride dynamics will be imbalanced and the board will not perform correctly.
One of the most popular and crowd-pleasing skimboarding professionals on the planet today, Blair Conklin has a style and an energy that is completely his own. Not only is Blair Conklin one of the biggest fan favorites in pro skimboarding today, but he has also won several world titles while competing all over the world. It could be argued that while Blair achieves these monumental victories on his own skills and style, having a cutting edge skimboard that he helped design in collusion with Exile Skimboards also helps him out with these big wins.
The 2018 Blair Conklin Signature Pro Model Skimboard by Exile Skimboards is a true achievement in terms of bringing an elite, expert level skimboard design into the open consumer market, and Conklin himself is said to have given extensive input to the designers at Exile. Starting out with the more basic Hybrid Shaping that Exile Skimboards uses on a lot of their skimboard models, the 2018 Blair Conklin Signature Pro Model Skimboard also features some other innovative design qualities that set it apart from other skimboards.
For one thing, the significantly wider nose section and the shorter overall length given to the 2018 Blair Conklin Signature Pro Model Skimboard allows it to be highly versatile in all skim conditions, which is important to Blair since he needs to be able to compete no matter what the conditions are throwing at him. This versatility is also a major plus for intermediate and advanced skimboard athletes who might be interested in this board, since it can be hard to predict what the skim conditions will do at any given time so it helps to have a board that can perform well no matter what.
For all the versatility offered by the 2018 Blair Conklin Signature Pro Model Skimboard by Exile Skimboards, perhaps the only drawback is that this board is really intended for riders who fit a weight range between 140-180 pounds. This means that heavier riders around 185, 190, 195, 200, etcetera, will probably find that the board does not perform optimally for their weight. This is due mostly to the overall sizing of the board and its general buoyancy capacity.
Featuring double wrapped rails, top & bottom sheets of Aerospace Grade Carbon Fiber, and Ultra High Density PVC Foam Core, the Blair Conklin pro skimboard is one tough piece of hardware. With a 5/8” thickness rating, this board has a very thin core making it appropriate for advanced riders who need an aggressive and highly responsive board. The understated blue and grey color scheme is nice to look at, without being too flashy. Retailing around $500.00, the 2018 Blair Conklin Signature Pro Model Skimboard by Exile Skimboards is definitely not cheap, but it stands as one of the most elite skimboards on the market today in 2018.
Produced by Victoria Skimboards, the 2018 Johnny Salta Pro Model Skimboard is a truly elite skimboard designed for expert skimboards everywhere. Johnny Salta is a skimboarder who takes full advantage of his somewhat lighter body weight, and given that he only weighs about 140 pounds he can really get incredibly long hydroplane lines out to large breaks that occur farther out into the lineup. This is a massive advantage that Johnny Salta has over heavier, larger skimboarding professionals, since it is generally easier for Salta to plane out into bigger surf where larger skimboards will struggle to reach.
This kind of ride style is something Johnny Salta is known for in the professional skimboarding world, and therefore he sought to develop a skimboard in conjunction with Victoria Skimboards that could optimize the way he approaches the skim and waves. The 2018 Johnny Salta Pro Model Skimboard is based loosely around the standard Poly Shaping that Victoria Skimboards has become so famous for over the years.
What is different from the standard Poly Shaping from Victoria Skimboards is that on the Johnny Salta Pro Model, there is significant difference in board thickness and how that thickness tapers around the deck. Unlike the Blair Conklin pro model skimboard we covered previously which has a uniform 5/8” board thickness, the 2018 Johnny Salta Pro Model Skimboard offers riders a ¾” inch core thickness for better buoyancy (this added buoyancy helps Johnny achieve his massive lines that take him deep into bigger waves) overall.
Technical and aggressive skimboarding experts need not worry about the extra thickness though, since actually the board tapers down at the nose, tail, and rails so that the rider can still maneuver quickly and have a responsive board for technical tricks. Featuring a High Density PVC Foam Core, and carbon/fiberglass build materials, the 2018 Johnny Salta Pro Model Skimboard is sealed with a high quality Vinylester Resin that not only keeps the board durable, but also holds wax effectively and feels good on the feet.
Designed to have a Standard Poly Shaping with a Pin Tail, the 2018 Johnny Salta Pro Model Skimboard offers riders a 2.25” Nose Rocker and a 1/8” Tail Rocker. To add onto the versatility of this board, it also comes in three available sizes to ensure that even larger riders can enjoy the elite shaping and ride performance of a 2018 Johnny Salta Pro Model Skimboard. The Small model has a weight recommendation of 100-160 pounds, the Medium has a weight recommendation of 130-180 pounds, and the Large model can support skimboarders ranging from 150-210 pounds.
The 2018 Johnny Salta Pro Model Skimboard also has a brilliant graphic and aesthetic appearance, with colors ranging from black, to purple, cyan, blues, greens, and yellows. The appearance is a mosaic of color and style, with the Victoria logo displayed boldly along the nose section. Retailing around $550.00, the 2018 Johnny Salta Pro Model Skimboard is certainly a more expensive skimboard, but when you are looking for the best boards around this one is a great contender.