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!