Skimboarding 2008 – Session #04 – Hiratsuka

July 31, 2008 · Print This Article

When Aya and I first arrived at Hiratsuka Beach stoked for our 4th skimboarding session of the year, we were immediately met with a crowd of “beach football” players who were having a huge tournament.  I had never even heard of the sport before.  We saw a lot of skimboarders walking away from the beach, though, up on the main sidewalk.  I thought there might also be a skimboarding tournament, but I guess since we were arriving at the beach itself just after 12:30pm, that’s the end of the morning session for most Japanese skimmers.

Well, when I saw the wave conditions I could understand why they were all leaving.  Even though high tide had just past, there were virtually no skimmable waves at all.  Like none.  I just sat and stared at the ocean for like 30 minutes at first.  Finally, with some encouragement from Aya, I stretched and started my session for the day.

The waves slowly started improving, and I was inspired by the spirited skimboarding a “young ojisan” was doing about 50 meters to my left.  He just kept going on ride after ride.  Such energy!  I started to get into a rhythm and had a few big rides as some swells came in.  I wanted to have more frontside rides this time, and ended my session with a determined effort to get one last decent frontside carve in.  

Meanwhile, Aya in about 5 minutes learned the technique for quickly “stepping” onto one’s skimboard!  I was shocked and impressed!  Learning this technique allowed her to have her best skimming session (of four lifetime) by far.  I am excited to see how much she can progress in the next session.  

I’m also excited about possibly becoming friends with the “young ojisan” skimmer.  We exchanged not a single word all day, but one time I was standing within a few meters of him and gesturing in frustration about some fools standing right in our drop in path, and I feel he shared in that annoyance.  Then as Aya and I packed it up for the day (I put in a 2-hour session!), we both turned and waved to the “young ojisan” who waved back, of course he still skimmed on.  I felt good.  Community.  It has been a very, very long time since I’ve had a skimboarding friend.  

The photos below were taken with Aya’s Olympus ?1020 digital camera.  No video this time because I forgot to bring the Xacti HD700!

Jason on the horse, about to drop in Jason on an epic ride right over a wave! Jason up high carving on an epic frontside ride
Jason just slashing some flat water, no wave this time. Jason ripping over a wave Jason pushing around a small wave
Jason skipping over a misguided wave Jason doing some more slashing about Jason walking back from a ride
Aya keeping an eye for a decent wave Aya on the horse about to drop in! Aya dropping in with nice splash
Aya on the board quick and splashing Aya dropping in fast, no doubt en route to an epic off camera ride Aya in black & white showing good form on her wave approach
Aya hoists the Sander underarm Aya in black & white looking for a good wave Aya happy after a nice ride
Aya seems hungry, for waves? Aya focused on dropping in at just the right time Aya skimmed hard today and tasted sand like a true skimboarder
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3 Responses to “Skimboarding 2008 – Session #04 – Hiratsuka”

  1. wendiack
    on August 1st, 2008 12:27 AM

    pack ’em up and bring ’em to canada…i’ve got a sweet river for you (but no waves!)…looks like good times…sad i never made it out with you!

    can’t wait til you come and visit…keep me posted on it all (life and developments, that is)!



    Jason Collin Reply:

    Thanks Wendi! I will keep you updated. Looks like a return to Florida is slated for about February 1st as of right now. Don’t know exactly where we will settle down, but most def will come around for a visit! If you feel like defrosting be sure and come on down to the Sunshine state!

    It is too bad too that you never got a chance to try skimboarding here in Japan.


  2. on August 5th, 2008 5:24 PM

    […] turning my board over to Aya for her to continue to practice the quick-on technique she first learned last week. […]

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