Hi! I’m Matt. Welcome to my website! I started Skim Travels to share my experiences skimboarding and traveling around North America. Starting in June 2017, I will be on the road full time exploring new beaches, national parks, and cities, all while living out of my van. I don’t know exactly where I will be going, only that my starting point is on the West Coast and I will eventually make it to the East. I won’t be alone either. My girlfriend Sarah is going to be with me for the whole trip. I hope you’ll follow along with us!
I grew up in the small town of Old Saybrook on the Connecticut shore. It was a great place to to be a kid and I never gave much though to the idea that I might leave some day. Like most kids in my town, I went off to college and eventually graduated with a degree in history. Graduating from college was a big accomplishment for me, but I wasn’t ready to start a career and I found myself unsure about what to do next.
The summer after graduation I decided to pack up my car and move out to California. It was tough at first. I didn’t have a place to live live or any idea what I was going to do for money, but I was determined to make it work. Soon I got a job doing online sales in San Diego and met my girlfriend, Sarah. I spent 2 amazing years in California, but soon I realized that I wanted to see more of the country.
When I decided to do a North American trip, I knew I wanted to do it in a van. America is heavily dependent on automobiles and there is an entire subculture of people who travel cheap by living out of their vehicles. Having a van eliminates the need to find accommodations each night and it offers total freedom for trip planning.
I purchased a used 2000 Ford Econoline conversion van a few months back, and have done a bit of customization for life on the road. You can read more about our van and the work that went into it HERE.
I first picked up a skimboard as a teenage growing up in Connecticut. Skimboarding was gaining popularity in the early 2000s and my town had a small community of local riders who would skim at the local beaches during the summertime.
Since then I’ve never really put my board down. For me skimboarding is both a creative outlet and a way to maintain fitness as I’ve gotten older. The majority of my experience has been in flatland riding, though since moving to Southern California I’ve spent more time riding waves. Variety is what keeps me interested and I’m always on the lookout for new beaches and skim spots. For this trip I’ll be carrying a couple of different boards.