Has a bit more rocker than most skims and pretty rigid/heavy construction. Technically Ply, but its all maple with no particle board layers in the sandwich. Shows no bend when foiling. I'll dig it out and post a profile shot of it so you can see the rocker. Its a bowl shaped rocker in that it has side to side as well as nose to nose rocker for easy skimming. I think that helps cut down on flex. Built as a flat land skim more than a wave skim. True twin tip with no parallel in the rail line or tail shape. Meant for sliding obstacles so super tough top and bottom skin.
If it were stiff enough, I think a body board might be pretty cool! Very user friendly , unlike it's counterpart, and I would have to learn to ride strapless. Hot wire it in half, add some glass and epoxy it back together I guess??? Are they big enough?
I think the body board will still work on top of my diy carbon shinnster foil plate and perhaps a thin piece of plywood below to reinforce so my heels are better supported. When I get back to Australia I'll buy a body board off gumtree for $5 and some longer screws and try it out. Don't really care about whether it counts in the official kiteforum competition or not. I'll weight the carbon plate when I'm back but it's about half a kilogram.
I've been also considering putting more effort into building a paulownia/cedar split board that will fit in between my foil plate and another carbon/wood joint so I can get a 1m long foil and foil board (130-140cm assembled) travel package. Might be another economy build option.
The cost of that stick on mount plus what looks like a decent boogie board is in the same ballpark as what you can spend on a skim for a little more viable long term solution.
The attraction of a two in one solution is not trivial. A surfboard with a foil mount is an option. Almost any board will work, but swing weight is an issue. I'd definitely go with the Shorter non pointy MPH designs. Only issues to work around are the bottom channels that are pretty key to those designs and keeping the weight and flex reasonable for use as a kite surfboard. A good option if your building the board from the ground up. I bet good builders like Terry at Jellyfish could work one up easy enough.
For anyone looking to add a foil to an existing board the skim is the easiest option.
I'f I ever go to a carbon foil, I'll no doubt mount it to a carbon skim that kites well on its own.
That would be the ultimate combo for a set up with no compromise as either a foil or a skim.
With wake and now finned surf oriented skims, they are evolving into really viable kite boards for places with less than head high waves. Also great aerial boards in everything from lagoon flat to shorebreak to lake swell.