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43rd VIC Skimboarding World Championship

43rd VIC red shirt

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Photo by Katie Arnold

The 43rd VIC Skimboarding World Championship was held over the weekend, August 17 and 18, at Aliso Creek. Winners included – Pro Women (3rd-4th): Chabe Blanco; Pro Women: Amber Torrealba; AM Women: Emily Redefer; Pro Men (3rd-4th): Austin Keen; and Pro Men: Lucas Fink.

43rd VIC sideways

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More winners – 40+: Dan Stafford; 30-39: Brett Mahon; 25-29: Frank Dondzik; 22-24: Matthew Hammond; 18-21: Russell Sullivan; 15-17: Zack Henderson, 12-14; Jude Young, 9-11: Dia Prietto; and 8 and under: Kaleo Prietto.

43rd VIC on wave

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Skimboarding is like surfing and nothing like surfing. It uses a smaller shaped board with no fins and allows the rider to glide across the shore break of a crashing wave. The sport was invented by Laguna Beach lifeguards in the 1920s using planks of wood to travel down the shore between coves.

43rd VIC orange trunks

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Now recognized as an international sport, skimboarding increases in popularity all around the world. Victoria Skimboards, the first to manufacture skimboards, hosts the longest running skimboarding championship in the world, held in Laguna Beach.