Chip Sanders was untouchable last weekend.
Sanders swept the point totals at the Zap Pro/Amateur World Championships of Skimboarding and finally slid out from under a pair of second-place finishes this summer, into the winner’s circle.
He was crowned 2018 Skim USA Champion on August 12, with a total of 4,156 points for the five-event series.
The circuit competition was held in Dewey Beach, Delaware last weekend, and Sanders’ category of Grand Masters included 18 other boarders. Sanders also took top slots in four of the five single events, including the Shore LB Throwdown, Skimmunity Showdown and Sea Bright Skim Bash, leading up to this championship.
“We did it Franklin County,” he wrote on Facebook to his fans. “I’m still in disbelief that I just won my first East Coast Title. It’s been a long road for this moment, but considering all the ups and downs I’ve been through, this certainly makes that all go away.”
One of his near misses was at the Virginia Beach Showdown June 8-10, where Sanders clipped first place by a single point.
“Finishing the season with the #1 spot is just awesome,” he said. “All I can do now is step my game up and keep learning, to get better. At the end of the day, none of this is possible without the ones who helped me complete the Tour,” he said of 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.
He also thanked his Facebook family for keeping him motivated and his teammates, Max Smetts, Zack Carter, Cole Hutchinson, Naji Taha, John Akerman, Gerardo Valencia, Mason Broussard, Matt Buchanan and Tori Smetts, for their support this season.
“Without you, all this would not be possible,” he said.
To second-place point finisher, with 3,742 points, Victor Enriquez Jr., Sanders said “Thank you for being the great sport you are!”
Sanders’ next stop is St. Augustine. Skim will wrap up the year in California, in October for the UST Tour.