Summer is starting so we will be getting these questions a lot and since newbs just skip over the FAQ section thought this would be a good place, maybe sticky it.
Before i start, any possible question you might have has already been answered in previous threads. the search button is your thread. You don't want people yelling at you and calling you names because you didn't search do you? http://skimonline.net/forum/search.php
Which board do i get?
The majority of this decision is up to personal preference, you cannot go wrong with any of the high end boards on the market right now whether that be Apex, Exile, Slot Stik, Victoria, Syndrome or Zap. Go to the beach see what other people are skimming, try it for yourself and see what YOU like, not what people on the internet say you should like. You want to test drive a car before you buy it right?
Looking to get your first high end board? Great, most of the companies offer cheaper boards directed at beginners, Exile offers the Recruit, Slotstik the 330 series, and the other companies have comparable e glass boards. Non of which you can go wrong with. Once again, Personal Preference, go out and see what you like.
Do i Need Carbon Fiber?
Chances are if you dont know the differences between Carbon Fiber and Fiberglass you wont need it. CF is Lighter Stronger and Stiffer than fiber glass, if you hit a rock though it will ding just as easily as fiber glass. If you are just starting out e-glass or s-glass will be just fine.
3/4 or 5/8
Do you skim in conditions where the waves break a little further out and are less than perfect? 3/4 would be a better match that 5/8. With the thicker board though you wont be able to turn as sharp
Do you skim in conditions with larger waves that are close to shore? get a 5/8, you will be able to turn quicker to make those wraps, however you wont be able to plane as far out as 3/4.
Want the best of both worlds? you can get boards with a 3/4 core but tapered at the rails to 5/8 so you get better turning and a little extra float.
This is where YOU need to decide what YOU need more Float vs Turning. Some other things come into play here aswell, if you're a fast runner and skim waves that break far out you might want 5/8 since your fast running makes up for float that you would have been getting with the 3/4.
Should i get a fish, Dude Cruise or Rocket Fish
Fish boards are typically shorter and wider than a traditional shape. because of this you get more surface area on the board which means more float than a normal board. These boards really shine in smaller weaker conditions, and liners. Fish i suggest you get one after you have a normal shape, they are harder to wrap and i have found can be frustrating in bigger conditions. If you're Sammy or Paulo this doesn't really matter though, just check out the Dude Cruise video from exile to see what these boards can do. As for which fish to get, this one is entirely personal preference. go with what you like, both are great boards from great companies.
Glossy v Textured
Glossy has that new car shine and is really pretty, textured is more durable and tougher. Textured is also lighter than glossy. However with textured you gotta do some prep work before you put pads on. Light sanding and cleaning of the area.
Where do i buy my board?
You can always contact the manufacturer through their email or phone and order direct from them. Or you can go through one of these fine board shops EOS East Coast Skimboards Main Street Surf Shop Alley Oop Skim City
I think that about covers it. Now go out and skim.