The second installment of Zed Skimboards 2011 Island Skim Session will take place Saturday, July 16 at Saratoga Beach between Campbell River and Courtenay.
The Island Skim Sessions are a series of events that focus on flatland skimboarding, an up-and-coming sport that is quickly gaining popularity around the globe. For the uninitiated, flatland skimboarding is a mix of skateboarding and surfing, with riders skimming across shallow water on a unique board, incorporating ramps and rails along the way.
Zed Skimboards’ Island Skim Session started 13 years ago as a group of friends who wanted to organize an event that revolved around their sport. It evolved into two permanent annual locations: Victoria’s Witty’s Lagoon and Campbell River’s Saratoga Beach.
This year, the Witty’s stop was a ranked event on the North West Skim Tour, a governing body for official skim contests in the Pacific Northwest. Organizers say it was a huge success, with 200 riders and spectators in attendance.
The Saratoga session focuses less on competition and more on showcasing the rider’s talent. Held on the pristine shores of Saratoga Beach, the final leg of the ISS is always hugely popular. The Island Skim Session attracts some of the world’s top-level riders.
Zed Skimboards started in Campbell River in 1998 as a grassroots locally owned and operated company. Since then, they’ve grown into a legitimate force in the skimboarding industry, pushing the sport to new levels with innovative products and a passion for the sport. Zed is still rider owned and operated, and still based on Vancouver Island.
For more information go to www.zedskimboards.com