Team John Akerman



Birthdate / Age

May 13, 1994 ()

Full Name

John Alexander Akerman


Orlando, Florida


Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

Local Skim Spot

IRB 26th Av.

Years Skimboarding




Primary Board Setup

55’ Lovett model with Freak pad set up. This board is my weapon of choice because it rides great in conditions from the gulf to the pacific!

Secondary Board Setup

Secondary board choice is my 1″ Dagger. I like riding this board in small conditions or on a good line. Because it has more float and stability. AKA the liner stick!



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Music Genres?

Rock, rap, reggae, pretty much anything that has a good beat… well accept country!

Favorite Foods?

Well pretty much anything edible. But my special favorite is a “torta” from Melaque, Mexico. Its not that it’s the best thing to eat in the world, but it is tradition to eat a torta after every good skim session in Melaque. Half of what makes it so good are the memories that come with it!

Dream Travel Location?

There are too many places that I would like to go! But up on the top of my list would be INDO. Sooo many awesome reef breaks and barrels to be had, I’m sure!

Thoughts on Zap?

I think Zap is a great company for the sport of skimboarding. I couldn’t even imagine what my skim life would be like without Zap. Zap has always been there for me when in need of a hotel room for a contest, flights, and entry fees ect. And of course all the boards they customize for me and take the time to perfect!

Why Skimboarding?

I started skimboarding because it was something fun to do while I wasn’t surfing. And because skimboarding is such a great mix between surfing and skateboarding I got good really fast.

5 years from now?

Well, I will defiantly still be a skimboarder. But 5 years ago I didn’t think I would be where I’m at right now. I want to still be traveling, but in 5 years I want to also see that skimboarding has come a long way from what it is today.

You Skim mostly with?

Fellow Zap riders, and anybody with skim stoke!

Passionate About?

I feel very passionate upon bringing the sport of skimboarding to life! I also like to make the best out of any situation. You only live life once!

Other Board Sports?

Skateboarding, surfing, flowboarding, and any board sport you can ride behind a boat wake.

Spare Time?

On my spare time I like to go hunting, fishing, dirt biking, boating, and I like to hit up the flowrider too. Hangin with good friends/family. And anything else that is fun and keeps me busy.