If you enjoy spending time on the water engaging in watersport activities, you should consider trying Skurfing. Skurfing is similar to wakeboarding, water skiing, and kneeboarding. As with each of these three, the watersport enthusiast is pulled behind the boat with a tow line. Watersports are becoming more and more popular across the United States because of the fun spent in the sun in addition to exercise. 

What is a skurfboard?

The skurfboard is very similar in shape to an actual surfboard, but it is much shorter in overall length. Most are fitted with three fins on the underside to allow for excellent maneuverability; however, the total number of fins can vary by manufacturer. The top side is constructed with two foot straps to secure the rider to the skurfboard. 

One of the most significant benefits of skurfing is the speed and power required from a boat. Because of its broad body, the board is buoyant and will get to the water’s surface with a rider more efficiently than water skis. The board is most similarly related in shape to a wakeboard or kneeboard. As a result, boats are not required. A jetski or Waverunner will work just as well. 

The performance of a skurfboard is very much like a surfboard. For the die-hard surfer who is disappointed on a day that the waves are not right, hop on the boat or jetski and bring along the skurfboard. Many of the same tricks can be performed, including rotations of 180 or 360 degrees, powerslides, cutbacks, and more. 

Skurfings greatest similarity to surfing is by freeriding. Freeriding is cruising on the board without maintaining speed by holding onto the tow rope. 

How do you freeride a skurfer-

  1. Start by getting up with a towline and riding on the board while holding on to the rope.
  2. While continuing to hold the towline, pull yourself on the line closer to the back of the boat.
  3. Once you are in an area of the wake that is the largest, do not move any closer to the craft.
  4. Position yourself on top of the wake. 
  5. When you feel the wave is pushing you forward, such as surfing, let the rope go.
  6. Freeride the wake for as long as you can go. Now you’re surfing!

When was skurfing invented?

Originally skurfing was invented in Australia by a group of friends who mass-produced boards in the country. Around 1984 or 1985, the product was introduced to United States manufacturers who branded the name Skurfer. 

Skurfboards are not produced today but can be found used on websites such as Ebay. In general, the prices range between $100 and $200 for a pre-owned skurfer. The various significantly mostly because of the condition in which the board is available. Take into account that many sellers tack on an extremely high shipping fee in addition to the purchase price. In the end, you must be willing to shell out some big bucks to get your hands on one of these vintage beauties. For some, the cost is worth the enjoyment. 

The more modern version of a skurfboard is a wakeboard. If you’re new to the sport, consider buying a production wakeboard. Wakeboards are similar, but one significant difference is that your feet are secured to the board with boots and bindings. When comparing the cost of a new wakeboard or used skurfboard, the price is nearly identical when combining the board and shipping. 


Deciding to buy a vintage skurfboard or a modern wakeboard can be challenging. In the end, any time spent riding the waves by a tow line is hard to beat. Time on the water with friends and family is hard to replace. No matter which you choose, you will have fun skimming the surface and pulling tricks.