Skimboarding rails: Tips and tricks

Rails are a very important technical feature in flatland skimboarding.

However, when discussing a skimboarding rail, there are two meanings.

One refers to the edges of the skimboard that run from nose to tail, and the other a type of ramp or obstacle that a skimmer uses to launch off or do tricks.

If you dream of becoming a professional skimmer or gain any recognition in flatland skimboarding, doing tricks using a skimboarding rail and various objects is a must.

There are many different styles of skimboarding rails, most of which you can easily build yourself. The easiest are the ones that you ride and don’t have to ollie to get onto.

These are some of the most common styles:

  1. The up-rail

The up-rail is a long slight slope up from the sand with a drop off on the other end.

It’s the most basic style, but it’s great for doing all sorts of tricks, either while on it or at the drop-off.

The curved kicker is similar to a skateboarding kicker. It is a short ramp with a sharp curve up that is awesome for launching off.

More advanced rails incorporate curves and ups and downs or are built higher, so they must be ollied onto.

The up-rail
The up-rail. Pic – SurferToday

2. The box

Like the up-pail, the box is also very basic – and easy to build – but instead of sloping up, it is just a long container essentially that has to be ollied onto.

It’s a great option for focusing on tricks.

The box.
The box. Pic – SurferToday

3. The roller coaster

The roller coaster is a very advanced rail.

It is often built as a ride-on so that no speed is lost, as momentum is essential to make it to the end of it.

As the name implies, it is built with ups and downs and sometimes angled curves, usually with a drop-off or kicker at the end, and looks amazing when ridden well.

The roller coaster.
The roller coaster. Pic – SurferToday

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