South Korea - NamYeol Beach
SKIM THE WORLD : Kim Jae Hyung
Who: Kim Jae Hyung
Homespot: SongJeong Beach in Busan
Sponsors : Exile skimboards, Let’s Party traction
How, when and where did you start skimboarding?
I started skimboard in 2014. I wanted to surf but the surfboard was too big for me. So, what I found was a skimboard.
Who’s your skimcrew?
PRINCE (JCKC) from Aliveskim.
Aliveskim is the first skimboard shop in South Korea! We also give skim lessons.
Could you tell us more on your local skim scene?
In South Korea, skimboard is small. Actually, more people are learning surfing...When I started in 2014 there was only about 20 skimboarders, but now there is more than 100 riders. Korea has a great coast, but we use to have a very cold winter. I live in the Busan area and during winter the temp is around 0-5 degrees celcius. Hopefully, the number of people coming in winter is increasing a bit.
If I say “skimquest”, what does it mean to you?
For me, 'skimboard' is life. When I skim, I'm in another dimension, very far away from my daily job...
Who is/are your Skim idol(s) and why?
Obviously there is a lot of good riders but if I have to name one, it would be Paulo Prietto!
I still remember when he though me to skim in Cali three years ago. What an amazing good time!
What is your best skim memory?
My two months skimtrip in Brasil! I cruised a lot with Lucas gomes, and I met many people and skimboarders. I'm very gratefull to Lucas! It was also a great honor to meet the Sununga Crew!
Where would you go to skim?
In front of my house at Songjeong Beach.
How do you imagine the future of skimboarding?
Skimboard is a great sport and has a lot of opportunities! You can easily ride waves, flat and even indoor. It's also easy to carry. In 10 years it will be as appreciated as surfing.
Besides skimboarding, what do you enjoy/other interests?
Skateboarding and Surfskateboarding!
Anybody to thanks?
I would like to thank our ALIVESKIM TEAM who always supports us. I wish to all skimboarders around the world to have fun and safe skimboarding! Special thanks to JEJE!!!