Local beaches perfect for skimboarding

Parksville couple’s skimboarding training camp was great preparation for this weekend’s Pro-Am competition on Parksville Bay

Skimboard boosters John and Julia Mountain are doing their bit to put Parksville on the skimboarding map.

Skimboard boosters John and Julia Mountain are doing their bit to put Parksville on the skimboarding map.

Class was in down at Parksville Bay this week as 18 young students of the sport ranging in age from seven to 14 turned out for a three-day skimboarding camp.

It’s not the first time the sport has gone to school on the sands synonymous with Parksville, but this year’s clinic was a great precursor for the first annual OSBC Pro-Am Skim Board Competition slated for the same place on Saturday.

Skimboard boosters John and Julia Mountain were in great spirits and in their element on Wednesday when The News stopped by as students and teachers savoured a warm summer sun “and a perfect tidal pool.”

OSBC is an acronym for the newly formed Oceanside Skim Beach Culture. The Mountain family is big on skimboarding, so much so their store, Smithfords, which is part of the fabric of Qualicum Beach (with the oldest average age in Canada), now stocks skimboards.

“The camp is full, so that’s encouraging,” Julia, aka ‘momma skim,’ surmised easily. “It’s really nice to see the young ones out and going hard,” she said above the sounds of the kids having fun — “it’s a bit of a learning curve and it takes time.”

The camp ran from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and Julia said many of the students will be in the mix on Saturday.


AS FOR SATURDAY’S big Pro-Am, Julia said they don’t know for certain how many pro riders will wash up on the local shores, “but we know we have two carloads coming from Washington, we’ve got the pro guys coming over from Vancouver, and then our local fellas… it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

‘Our local fellas’ include their son Ryan Mountain, who is sponsored by (and one of the featured athletes) for extreme sports apparel company Vooray, and his mates; Ryan Stewart, who’s sponsored by Vancouver skimboard company Kyda Creation, and Peter Christensen, who finished first at last years demo amongst amateurs — all three were helping coach at the clinic.

And while the pros will be trying for a piece of the prize money up for grabs, this comp. has something for everyone. Besides the pros, the comp. will also feature amateur classes for Under 14s, U18s, Over 18s “and we also have a ladies class.”



Only flat land skim on Island



Entry fee is $30 for the pros and $20 for the Ams. Prize money for the open Pro class is $250 for first, $125 for second and $75 for third. There will also be prizes for the top three in each amateur division, and other prizes up for grabs includes skimboards, longboards, apparel and swag — the prizes were made possible by event sponsors: Smithfords the Lifestyle Store, DB Skimboards, Zed Skimboards, Kyda Creations, Wabi Sabi, Bomb Bomb Bikinis, Anvil Island and The Boardwalk.

The couple tried to float a Pro-Am last year but had to settle for a demo day to get their feet wet because of scheduling conflicts with other events.

“We had had a good demo last year with the pros from Washington; we probably had 20 guys out,” said John.

Saturday’s Pro-Am Julia pointed out proudly “is the only flat land skim boarding competition on Vancouver Island this year.”

“It really is a natural fit for this area,” John agreed, “I mean you look at this, he beach is alive with people — it’s fantastic here,” he said shading his eyes from the sun as he turned and pointed to the Beach Club and its patio for spectating.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the action should start around 11:30 (keeping in mind this is Island time) with the event wrapping up around 3:30 depending on the tide.


Just Posted

Pam Bottomley (executive director), right and Sandy Hurley (president) of the Parksville Downtown Business Association visit the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
PQBeat: Downtown Parksville gears up for post-pandemic bounce back

Podcast: Hurley, Bottomley chat about what’s ahead for the PDBA

(Black Press file photo)
RCMP: Air ambulance called to Whiskey Creek after crash involving 2 motorbikes

Both riders taken to hospital with serious injuries

(File photo)
Crime report: Crooks busy pilfering bikes throughout Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Thefts among 295 complaints Oceanside RCMP deal with in one-week period

The Arrowsmith Search and Rescue logo on the back of a service vehicle. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Parksville and Qualicum Beach provide letters of support for Arrowsmith Search and Rescue

ASAR asks for increase in funding, one-time capital grant and for RDN to buy out current facility

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)
Cowichan Tribes man worried he was target of trailer hitch

Adrian Sylvester says no one has reported a missing hitch after one nearly hit him

Graeme Roberts, who was mayor of Nanaimo from 1984-86, died this month at age 89. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Community Archives)
City of Nanaimo flags at half-mast as former mayor Graeme Roberts dies at 89

‘Giant-killer’ beat out Frank Ney in mayoral election in 1984

CVSAR search the Puntledge River following a report of an abandoned kayak. Photo, CVSAR Facebook page
Comox Valley Search and Rescue spends four hours searching for no one

Overturned kayak a reminder for public to contact officials if they have to abandon a watercraft

Most Read