VERO BEACH - After taking a break due to COVID-19, Skim USA skimboarding competition returns on March 13-14, and the first tournament of the year will be in Vero Beach at Mulligan’s Beach House.

Skimboarding is like surfing, but with a smaller board without fins. Skimboarders perform incredible stunts, starting on the beach as they head out to catch the waves. Many of the stunts derive from skateboarding, which is fitting since many skimboarders are also skateboarders.

There will be amateur, semi-pro, and professional divisions. The event will mark the first time a Skim USA tour contest has occurred in Vero Beach.

This will be the first stop of Skim USA’s six-contest tour of the eastern seaboard. At each stop, competitors accumulate points towards the World Championship of Skimboarding Aug. 13-15 in Dewey Beach, Delaware.

“It’s an honor to host the first contest of the year and we will be following strict safety guidelines as we bring the skim community back together for the first time in a year,” said Chief Extreme Officer Chris Ellison of Shore lb., the sponsor of the event. “Skimboarding contests will be forever changed because of COVID-19, so we’re moving forward with an abundance of caution as the tour comes back to life after the year-long hiatus. Contactless online registration, live scoring, sanitation stations and protective face coverings are changes we’ll all need to embrace as we adjust to this new era of competition.”

The Shore lb. Throwdown takes place at Mulligan’s Beach House, Sexton Plaza Beach, 1050 Beachland Blvd., Vero Beach, on March 13 and 14. A rider’s meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 13, with competition starting at 9 a.m. The awards ceremony will take place March 14 at 5 p.m. on the beach in front of Mulligans.

Due to COVID-19, registration has been moved online and must be completed in advance at www.liveheats.com/shorelb.For more information, call Chris Ellison at (772) 360-7166 or visit Shore lb. on Facebook or Instagram.

For more information about the Skim USA tour, visit www.skim-usa.com.

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