It’s been a second-place kind of summer for Chip Sanders, who is once again riding the circuit on his skimboard.
Sanders has finished second twice, but he’s still in the running to capture the point championship for the Grandmasters Tour.
At the Virginia Beach Showdown June 8-10, Sanders placed second, missing first by a single point, once against representing his chief sponsor and team, Zap Skimboards. He also enjoys the sponsorship of Panhandle Helicopter, Enjoy Apalachicola, the Atlanta Breakfast Club, Harry A's, Kara Landiss, the Grady Market and Ace Hardware.
“I’m excited to bring home this state of Virginia-shaped trophy back to Florida, I can’t wait to put it in the showcase,” he wrote on Facebook to his fans. “This competition was a tough one and I thought I wouldn’t make it to the finals. It seemed impossible as I was facing all Virginia Beach locals on their home tuff in the semi-final heat, but I didn’t give up. I was able to fight through and bring home second place, which was a blessing because I was able to gain lots of points for the championship points chase.”
On June 22, Sanders flew from Atlanta to the Skim Jam in Sea Bright, New Jersey, feeling a bit dehydrated but ready for the completion.
“To get on a plane feeling like this is no good, but through the grace of God I will find a way,” he wrote. “If you want something bad enough you will find a way, and that’s my mind set.”
Sanders said the most important part of the trip was being to see the Statue of Liberty from the Jersey shore. He later visited the site of the World Trade Center, and now wears a necklace commemorating 9-11. “I wear that it’s like my charm,” he said.
“The memories I got from this trip will forever be engraved into my heart and soul as I visited Ground Zero (911) for the first time in New York City and it hit me just as if it happened that day,” Sanders wrote.
Sanders again took second, noting that “you have no idea what I would do to have one more shot at this wave... If I would of landed this Swack, then I would have won the contest.”
He now heads this weekend to the Outer Banks, North Carolina to compete at Kill Devil Hills in Dare County, the site of the Wright Brothers famed flight.
In August, it’s the East Coast World Championships in Dewey Beach Delaware, and then in October, the tour wraps up in California.
“So far I just like to compete,” he said. "It’s my ability.”