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Skateboards originated as scaled-down surfboards for carving concrete contours when the waves weren’t breaking. With the ongoing evolution of skimboarding the line between wave and ramp riding is blurring even further.


Pro skimboarders Blair Conklin, Austin Keen, Johnny Weber and Jake Stinnet caught some ideal waves at Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach, California. Some of their rides look virtually indistinguishable from a skater throwing tricks on a ramp.

Blair Conklin skimboarding off the coast of Laguna Beach, California

In a study of the stark contrasts that define California, parts of the state were suffering from hellish wildfires while world champion Conklin and friends found heaven at the beach.


Earlier in the year, Conklin joined Bill Bryan and others to score some gray May wedges at the same beach.