It’s summer fun. And it’s more fun skimboarding in Villa Beach, Arevalo, Iloilo City.

The Flatsand Iloilo Skimboarders will kick off Flatsand III competition and clinic on April 29 which will make splashes and waves at Villa beach shorelines.

Villa Beach has become a skimboarders’ haven because of its sandy beach and non-rocky shores and lots of puddles – it is the most ideal spot for skimboarding, stressed Kelbin Mark David of Flatsand Iloilo Skimboarders.

Skimboarding what?

There are two kinds of skimboarding – one is riding the waves and the other is playing on flats or on thin puddles on the beach.

David noted that skimboarding first started in Iloilo way back in 2004. They also play in Calumpang and Oton shores. There are also skimboarders’ groups in Roxas, Capiz; Kalibo, Aklan; and Antique.

How do they started?

It all started out with a bunch of sports enthusiasts who met at Villa Beach playing and trying to learn skimboarding.

A lot of them, mostly students age 15 and above and even professionals up to age 35 became fond of it and eventually it grew in popularity.

Since then they grew in numbers and decided to form in 2010 a group now called Flatsand Iloilo Skimboarders introducing the watersport to locals through event competitions and clinics.

“We welcome anyone who wants to skim with us and join our group – with one board, one love. We usually meet and play almost every weekend when the tide is not that high,” David said.

Some of them had already joined competitions in Sagay City, Negros Occidental and Roxas City, Capiz and will be joining in Cavite this April.

David said the Flatsand during Paraw Regatta Festival Feb. 19-20, 2011 and Flatsand II on Oct. 22-23, 2011 events here had drawn competitors from Roxas City, Capiz; Escalante, Negros Occidental; and Cavite.

He added that members from Roxas City and Cavite are also hoping to push a national competition in Iloilo for the first time.

Photo credits: Kelbin Mark David / Iloilo Flatsand Skimboarders / Hawili Hurom