Born in a backyard, the first Zap Skimboard was built in 1983 by Bob Smetts in Venice, Florida. Bob grew up in Venice, where he began skimboarding at age 7 on some home brewed plywood skimboards. At 15, Bob made his first surfboard, and in 1975 he moved to the North Shore of Oahu to hone his surfing and board building skills.
"The first Zaps were built to supplement my surfboard building income. At first it was simply economics, but over time the skimboard design and construction process began to develop and mature. Skimboards became our only business, I call it Zapology." The manufacturing process including many of the tools, molds, and equipment Zap uses were designed right at Zap Skimboards, and Zap grew to be a national brand. By the early 90's, Zap Skimboards found their way to the beaches of Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and the Caribbean.
What started out as a supply stream to the entry level skimboarding market turned into an understanding of what defines a real performance skimboard and how to build it. Zap controls their processes to maintain the best quality finish of any skimboard in the industry, as well as the design parameters required by the world's top skimboarders.
Zap Skimboards only builds the worlds best quality boards. Zap always looks for ways to improve the skimboards. And they proudly make all their skimboards in the USA.
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