Skimboarding (previously named skidboarding) started in Laguna Beach, California. In the 1920s it was how lifeguards traveled down the beach from one tower to the next and to ride shore breaks (on a piece of wood!) that were too fast and shallow for surfboards.
Skimboarding (or skimming) in which a skimboard (much like a surfboard but smaller and without fins) is used to glide across the water's surface to meet an incoming breaking wave, and ride it back to shore. Wave-riding skimboarders perform a variety of surface and tricks at various stages of the ride, out to, and back with, the wave. Unlike surfing, skimboarding begins on land by running towards the water and dropping the board onto the thin wash of previous waves. Then, surfers use their momentum to skim out to breaking waves, which they then catch back into shore in a way similar to traditional surfing.
Tex Haines and Peter Prietto launched their company, VICTORIA SKIMBOARDS, in 1976, named for their favorite spot, Victoria Beach. For decades now, this has been the go-to brand for all things skim related.