Bethany Surf Shop Skim Jam back for 16th year of action

Date Published: 
June 16, 2017

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Jimmy Farrell was flipping out for the launch of Bethany Surf Shop Skim last summer.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Jimmy Farrell was flipping out for the launch of Bethany Surf Shop Skim last summer.Back by popular demand for the 16th straight season, and just in time for the summer of 2017, is the Bethany Surf Shop’s Skim Jam, kicking off this Monday, June 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. on the beach in front of Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach.

“You know it’s finally summertime in ‘Big Sussex’ when Bethany Surf Shop Skim Jam starts,” said local pro and Catch Surf/Slotstik rider Bill Baxter, who helped get the event started, along with Bethany Surf Shop owners Jim and Sheila McGrath, now 16 summers ago. “The longest-running skim jam in the U.S. — just finless fun all around.”

The free event is open to skimmers of all ages and skill levels, who will get the chance to drop in along with pros including Baxter and Hurley/Toobs team rider Colin Herlihy on Monday nights throughout the summer.

Skimmers without a board or those looking for a new one are free to take a test run on plenty of boards provided by the shop, including Herlihy’s signature Toobs model, some of Baxter’s boards of choice from Catch Surf and Slotstik, and fiberglass models from Zap and Exile.

And, as always, the whole family is being invited to check out the action.

“I’m really excited to be a part of something that gets the community together like this,” said Herlihy of the event. “I like seeing all the summer vacationers come back every year and get excited about the event, and I also think it’s really special to see how the locals are bringing their kids and helping get the word out about the Skim Jam.”

The Jam will continue at the same time on Monday nights throughout the summer. For more information on Skim Jam, check out Bethany Surf Shop online at www.bethanysurfshop.com or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bethanysurf.