SEA BRIGHT: BACK IN THE SKIM OF THINGS

The summertime edition of the annual Skimbash tournament returns to the waters just off Sea Bright, this Saturday and Sunday. (File photo by Peter Lindner)

Although at first glance the array of aerial leaps, spins, and acrobatics have more in common with skateboarding than with surfboarding — and the sometimes slapstick finishes to the maneuvers have the spills running neck-and-neck with the thrills —  there’s little doubt that the event known as  SkimBash is sufficiently serious to attract polished competitors from many hundreds of miles away.

There’s serious prize money at stake, too, when the nationally sanctioned summer edition of Skimbash returns to “the pristine beach and consistently good wave conditions” of the Sea Bright shoreline, for a two-day stay this Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25.

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SEA BRIGHT BASH GOES NATIONAL

skimboarder1A contestant hits the water in last year’s Skimbash event in Sea Bright. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

In its eight years of wave-hopping, Skimbash has gone from family fun in the suburban seascape of Sea Bright to full-swell national attraction, drawing hundreds of participants and spectators from beyond the state.

This year, the borough is hosting, in addition to its usual end-of-summer contest, a portion of the traveling Skim U.S.A. Pro Tour, which had been held on Long Beach Island for years, said Felecia Stratton, one of the founders of Sea Bright’s Skimbash.

“They said, ‘we love it in Sea Bright. Can we do it there?'” Stratton said of the tour’s organizers. “We were thrilled.”

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SEA BRIGHT SKIMS INTO SPOTLIGHT

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Thought those out-of-state plates were gone from our shores for at least another nine months? Not quite yet.

Sea Bright’s annual Skim Bash returns this weekend for its seventh annual edition, and it’s bigger than ever, as they say in the PR game.

Fear not. This shoreline tradition eschews Jersey Shore-style fist-pumping for a good old-fashioned watersport with a newfangled twist that is catching on nationally and counts Sea Brights as one of its shiniest nodes.

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