Annual skimboarding tradition returns to Vilano Beach

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The Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am Tournament returns to the shores of Vilano Beach for the annual tradition Aug. 19-21.

The competition is the third-longest running pro/am skimboarding tournament in the world, which is a designation that garners competitors from beaches not just across Florida, but throughout the states and the world.

The event will take place at the Vilano Beach boat ramp located at 1 Vilano Road in St. Augustine.

One of the things that makes the tournament so unique, is that according to the event’s website, it is the only amateur event in the world that allows each competitor two chances to advance before they are eliminated.

The fact that it takes place over three days makes it one of the longest tournaments in the world, which in turn allows it to run the most heats of any one event on any calendar.

Skimboarders from more than 75 beaches are expected to be represented within the field, making it both deep and strong.

The first tournament was held in October 1990, and over the years it has found its place in late August and the showdown marks the proper end of summer for many skimboarders.

As the years go, the tournament and the pride associated with winning it is not lost among those who compete in it.

It is a treasured victory sought by those competing in each of the 13 amateur and professional divisions slated for the weekend.  That will see both men and women compete and of various ages.

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