OBX SkimJam competition draws international pro skimboarders with $10,000 prize purse


The 2022 OBX SkimJam skimboarding competition will take place on July 16th and 17th at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, NC drawing an international field of competitors with a $10,000 combined pro men and pro women prize purse. The professional men’s division and the professional women’s division count as part of both the Skim USA tour and the United Skim Tour, the world’s only international professional skimboarding tour. 

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Professional men riders include the 2021 Men’s UST champion Gerardo Valencia of Barra De Navidad, Mexico and the 2019 Men’s UST Champion Lucas Fink of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Professional women riders include 2016 and 2014 UST Champion Casey Kiernan of Stuart, FL as well as Amber Torrealba of Dana Point, CA who finished 3rd on the UST in 2019.

As part of Skim USA, the contest also features amatuer divisions for both men and women. For the amatuer men, divisions include Minis (8 and under), Menehunes (9-11), Boys (12-14), Junior Men (15-17), Men (18-21), Senior Men (22-24), Masters (25-29), Grandmasters (30-39), Senior Grandmasters (40-49) and Legends (50 and older). For the amatuer women, divisions include Girls (11 & under), Junior Women (12-14) and Women (15 and older). A semi-professional division also enables all amateur riders to compete against one another without age restrictions. 

The combined prize purse for the pro men and pro women divisions at the OBX SkimJam will start at $10,000. The prize purse for the pro men and pro women divisions will be equitably distributed based on the number of competitors in each respective division. 

“We are thrilled to offer a professional prize purse of this size,” said contest co-host Wendy Caputo. “We’ve had a tremendous sponsorship run this year with great support from the skimboarding community and local businesses in the Outer Banks. We’re looking forward to hosting the largest field of professional male & female competitors the Outer Banks has ever had.”

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The OBX SkimJam will count as the second stop for the professional men’s division for the UST and the first stop for the professional women’s division for the UST. After the first stop in Santa Cruz, CA for the professional men’s division, Lucas Fink is currently on the top of the UST rankings followed by Dane Cameron of Laguna Beach, CA and Jeremiah Sheldon of Newport Beach, CA. 

Remaining UST tour events include the Zap Championships in Dewey Beach, DE, on August 12th-14th, The Vic West in Laguna Beach, CA on August 27th-28th, Intrafalgar Dogflut in Cádiz, Spain on September 10th-11th and Exile Oktoberfest in Newport Beach, CA on September 17th-18th. In the Men’s division, points from the best four placings count toward each skimboarder’s 2022 UST points total. In the Women’s division, points form the best two placings count toward each skimboarder’s 2022 UST points total.

About the United Skim Tour

The United Skim Tour is the world’s only international professional skimboard tour. The UST exists as a sanctioning body for the professional division of skimboarding events on both coasts of the United States and abroad. The men’s professional division of the 2022 UST circuit includes six competitions, three on the west coast of the United States, two on the east coast, and one international event held in Spain. The women’s professional division includes one stop on the east coast and two on the west coast. For more information, visit the United Skim Tour website, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Skim USA

Skim USA is a non-profit, youth-focused, skimboarding competition organization. The mission of Skim USA is to operate a program of skimboarding competitions, to increase exposure to the sport, and to recognize the athletic prowess of talented and dedicated youth athletes. Skim USA provides a comprehensive Professional and Amatuer competition environment with structure that promotes individual growth where they can develop skills they can enjoy for a lifetime.  For more information, visit Skim USA website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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