Tto many board manufacturers is a problem.
At first glance this might not seem like a big deal, in fact many people might (especially those behind new small companies) will argue to no end that it's a good thing, but for the over all long term development of the sport it's a problem. Currently the number of companies is probably sustainable, but if the numbers continue to increase it will become serious.
Manufacturing is not a profitable business... sure you can make money, but it's not a road to riches by any stretch of the imagination.
The current big three skim manufacturers are basically floating the entire industry and they are barley keeping their heads above water. This stands is stark contrast to the surfing industry where there are hundreds of local shapers, some more profitable than others, but they aren't what's keeping the surfing industry alive. Its the Quiksilvers, Blillabongs and Volcoms that fuel the surfing industry. You don't seen see surfboard shapers putting on WCT events and garnering international media attention for the sport, its clothing manufacturers. Without the soft goods industry surfing wouldn't be what it is today.
Skimboarding doesn't have a multi-billion dollar soft goods industry to keep it afloat, and its unlikely it ever will. Like I said, the burden of marketing the sport lies solely on the shoulders of the manufacturers and their very limited profit margins to keep things moving forwards.
An increase in the number of board manufacturers dilutes existing established manufacturers already limited profits, making it more difficult for them to reinvest in the sport, and eventually stagnating things to a point where it won't grow larger.
Realistically these new smaller companies are not having an impact on the growth or development of the sport. Because of their limited sales they are incapable of investing the necessary money back into the sport to help it... whether you want to believe it or not, "sponsoring" the next local "skimfest" "skimbash" or "skim invasion" does not equal a measurable return on the overall growth of the sport. Neither does undercutting existing manufacturers prices and sponsoring people that would otherwise be buying a board from an established manufacturer... Its easy for these small companies to do this due to their low overhead and low volume of sales, and they do it frequently.
what's a board or two you ask... it's significant to companies like Vic Exile and Zap. Skimboarding is so small to begin with that every sale counts. Initially these small companies might see a spike in their sales, but in the long run they WILL NOT be able to increase their volume of sales to a level on par with the big three. There just aren't enough skimboarders out there. All they will really accomplish is watering down the sales of the larger manufacturers who have actually been taking this sport somewhere for the last 30 years, and put serious restraints on their abilities to do so in the future. Ironically the actions taken by these small manufacturers will put the the lid on their own growth. They are relying on taking market share from the larger brands... eventually everything will even out at a point of stagnation, because the large companies will no longer be able to market meaningfully and draw new participants to the sport.