Skimboarders and organizations head to 39th Annual World Championships of Skimboarding in Dewey
DEWEY BEACH, Md.- Skimboarders from everywhere braved the heat Friday and broke some waves at a competition in Dewey Beach.
Competitors of all ages grabbed their bathing suits and skimboards and headed down to the water for the 39th Annual Zap Pro-Am World Championships of Skimboarding.
“We are so happy to be here especially after this COVID situation in the past year we’re happy to spread some good vibes,” Adelina Riddick, Marketing Specialist for Schell Brothers, said.
“It’s a good look into art music sports and kind of a vibe that this region encompasses so I enjoy sharing it,” Jason Wilson, owner of Alley Oop Skimboarding and Event Director of the championships, said.
Wilson said this is the second longest running skimboarding event in the world.
And you may be wondering, why is it held in such a small town like Dewey?
“We have some of the best shore break and waves for skim boarding in the world, now we aren’t known for the biggest waves but we do get a nice linear angle,” Wilson said.
The event gains a lot of attention with the best skim boarders from Mexico and Brazil making the trip to participate.
“They wanna know more about these type of events, they wanna know what’s happening in this small towns at the beach and we’re showing them through our presence here,” Riddick said.
And while the competition wasn’t able to happen last year due to COVID-19, people said they are glad to be back showing love, even in the blazing heat.
“That makes me feel really good, seeing everybody just working towards everyone having a good time here on the beach and supporting an important sport here in our region,” Wilson said.
“We’ve got plenty of shade, lots of cold drinks here on the beach and I definitely think everybody should come down,” Wilson said.
The competition will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. everyday this weekend.
We are told on Saturday there will be a Skim USA Fundraising event at IVY in Dewey.
There they will have food, music, and activities.
That goes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.