iSkip.com is the home of the worldwide skipping movement. We celebrate all things skipping.
San Francisco’s Kim “Skipper” Corbin created iSkip in the spring of 1999 when she became so inspired after skipping for the first time as an adult that she decided to invite the rest of the world to join her.
She began organizing regular group skipping events in San Francisco, and in July 1999 the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a feature article about her efforts called,“She’d Like to Teach the World to Skip.”
That set off an unprecedented flurry of national media attention: Time, Newsweek, People, USA Today, the BBC, CNN, and more all did stories about Kim’s efforts. She even got to skip and hold hands with Donny Osmond on national TV.
As skippers from around the world heard the news and began contacting Kim, she quickly realized she was not alone in her love for skipping. Free spirits from all walks of life and in all shapes and sizes began contacting her through the website. Some had been skipping for years. Others were just finding the courage to give it a go again as adults.
Much to Kim’s surprise, the fitness community also took her idea quite seriously. Shape, Fitness, and Sports Illustrated for Women all told the story. Prevention Magazine researched skipping and wrote a highly favorable article about the benefits of adding a skip to our steps. There’s no doubt about it — skipping is good for the body, mind, and soul!
Consumed by her passion for skipping, Corbin quit her corporate job in January 2000 to pursue her dream full time. She poured her heart and soul into her vision, recruited head skippers in as many as 60 cities, and attempted to start a writing and speaking career.
Unfortunately, that didn’t go so well. Corbin ultimately skipped herself into financial ruin, and would spend the next several years going through what she calls the “post acute skipping hangover” phase of her journey. But as soon as she’d think her skipping path had come to an end, a newly inspired Skipper offering a unique contribution to the skipping world would skip onto the scene.
- Ashrita Furman established himself as the fastest skipper in the world by setting Guinness records for the fastest times in a 5K and a marathon.
- A radical skipper named Extreme Gene fathered “extreme skipping” in the United States
- Pro skateboarder turned skipper Tommy Fox got sponsorship for his skipping efforts in Australia
- A skipper in Toronto created the annual SUDS: Skipping Up & Down the Street Day that happens every July 31st
- And more!
The skipping story refused to let Corbin go. So even though she wasn’t skipping as unabashedly as she once had, she turned her focus to writing about and celebrating the skipping efforts of others instead.
In 2012, Corbin started skipping on a daily basis again after connecting with Bill Martinelli, who had skipped a path almost identical to her own in the 80s, but had hung up his public skipping shoes long before. His passion for skipping on the YouTube video of him that went viral was like a spark that rekindled her own conviction that the world would be a happier place if more people skipped.
In 2013, a young, visionary skipper in New York City named Michelle Joni of Michelle Joni’s Skipping Club fame took everything up a notch when she gracefully bounced and twirled her way onto the national skipping scene. Two filmmakers at a company called Unlikely Hero Productions also started work on a skipping documentary called Skipping Joy that sets out to discover who we were before the world told us who to be.
In April 2014, iSkip celebrated our 15th birthday by working with a skipper named Alison Chapot to create a Skipalong for Hopalong fundraising event, and it was so fabulous that the second annual Skipalong is already on our calendars for May 9, 2015…..Kim also recently created a fun 21-Day Skipping Experiment as a way to inspire more people to give a skipping practice a try…and started working on the book project she tucked safely away in a drawer several years back again. The skip goes on!
In the summer of 2016, we discovered that the skipping movement is going strong in Norway, thanks to the efforts of Louie “Captain Skipper” Procopio, who is also in the process of putting together a skipping film (and would love for you to send him a video of you skipping!)
In the Fall of 2016, Corbin was invited by Foster Angel’s of Central Texas to come to Austin to lead the 1st annual Austin Skipathon, and she’s been an active part of the fun event ever since, which is slated to happen for the fourth consecutive year in the Fall of 2019.
In June of 2023, Corbin organized an event called the Unicorn Blessing Brigade with the intention of bringing more fun, joy, and positive energy to her hometown of Petaluma, CA, where crosswalks are her favorite place to skip.
The skip goes on and it’s exciting to imagine where our collective skipping adventure might take us next.
We want YOU to be a part of it, so send us an email and tell us what you love most about skipping!