Your questions answered about Body surfing, Hanplanes & everything else
Hand board and handplanes? Why do I need one?
Ive heard them called handguns hand planes etc, why do you call yours handboards? whats the difference?
Where can I hand board/body surf ?
What materials do you use and how are your boards made?
What made us start Slyde?
How do I Buy Slyde gear?
Do you need swim fins when you bodysurf/handboard ?
What is Bodysurfing?
What other forms of bodysurfing are there?
Your Handboards seem quiet big, why?
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Handboards and Handplanes ? why do I need one?
The simple answer is you don't need one to Body surf But you probably also don't need to have many thing you currently own. The honest truth is Body surfing with a handboard or handplane is simply way more fun than body surfing without. In our opinion anyway. The added use of a hand board or hand plane as they are commonly referred to allows the body surfer exactly what they want. More speed and lift out of the water.
It is not uncommon in fact... more than likely you will to get enough speed to round a section of a wave or to get barreled for longer and deeper, just take a look at some of our slyde rider pictures or check out the slyde handboards videos or home page for images and videos that show how great the boards are in waves . Not only does the handplane increase speed but also> allows for more control on the face of the wave. giving you more maneuverability while you are body surfing. you see, you don't need one but it makes your experience in the water that much more enjoyable and why wouldn't you want that? it like we say around here
"life is better with a handboard!!"
I've heard them called Handguns Hand planes etc; why do you call yours handboards? and, whats the difference?
- Hand planes (California and east coast)
- Handboards (South Africa ,Australia)
- Body surfing boards
- Handgun (Hawaii)
- Hand Slide (South Africa)
- Hand Lid (Australia)
Where can I Handboard, Handplane / body surf?
Costa Azul, Mainland Mexico
Makena Big Beach, Maui
Don't let the idyllic setting of crystal clear water and white powder sand fool you ! This wave can cause harm. But if you are experienced in the water it's one of the best places in the world to body surf. As you'd expect from Hawaii the water is perfect and the wave is very powerful. I was dumped onto the sand more than a few times, that's where the danger lies. There are signs as you come onto the beach warning of broken necks "beware"! this spot is not for the faint of heart when it is firing. A good rule of thumb: If you see the locals down there stay out.
Snake Park, Durban, South Africa
Lagundri Bay, Nias Island, Sumatra
This is hands down one of the best places I have ever surfed and bodysurfed/handplaned. Again not for the faint of heart! this little Indian ocean gem Is a world class right hander among the land of lefts. If you can stomach the 2 day overland/sea journey to get to Nias or you can try the quicker journey, but 100% more live threatening by air. Think! a plane held together with duct tape, you will start to get the idea. I made the trip in mid 2003 so things may have changed ,but I doubt it.
There is civil war to the north in Ache and a not very well put together transport system to make getting there an absolute nightmare. Now! saying all this, once you are finally there it is a magical place to visit. There are very few places in the world with kind of untouched beauty. So barring the very real threat of dengue fever, drowning, rogue waves ;(think the 2004 tsunami that wiped part of this small island out) and very many more unforeseen (or seen) dangers.
Nias Island is without doubt one of the best surf trips you are ever likely to do. Nias is a Mecca trip for any serious waterman. Perfect spitting barrels crystal clear water and yes you guessed it completely un-crowded or atleast as of 2003 it was. That's what you get from travelling through hell to get there. perfect untouched reef this place is what surf wet dreams are made of. My brother and me got 20 straight days of overhead perfection some days we were so surfed out all we could do was sit in our hammocks and watch. Body surfing without a board here is ill advised. In order to get out to the break proper you have to make you way over the reef and a perfect timed jump into the ocean between sets, through what the locals call the " keyhole" miss queue your jump you land on the reef! Once you are out there its one wave after the other take your pick. Getting back in to dry land is of course another story all together , be it surfing or Handboarding / handplaning . It's cheap and beautiful but like I said running the gauntlet has its perils, But we think its worth it!
What materials do you use? and how are your Handboards made?
Our exclusive CSC technology sandwiches the foam core of our handboards / handplanes in a 3mm coating of fiber glass cloth . This sandwich technology enhances toughness and strengh by 30% as well as reduces weight by approximately 30% . Our vacuum seal process creates a full and completely seamless cover over the whole-board which eliminates weak spots on the rails and deack and bottom found in many other sandwich boards. Find out more visit our Slyde Shapers to learn more about our talented team and visit our handplane materials page to learn more about the materials we use to craft our handboards
What made us start Slyde?
There are a few reasons for wanting to start my own company. Going back a bit, It has been dream of mine since before I can remember . I was always the kid in junior/ middle school back in the late 80's early 90's attempting to draw the famous Santa Cruz hand or, doodling away with some surf brand I was obsessed with at the time. This mind you while I was supposed to be paying attention in math class. It wasn't until in the mid 90's that I started to play around with shaping, de-laminating my first surfboard to try reshape and re-glass and shaping little boards for Handboards/ handplane from off cut foam . Delaminating the board didn't quiet work as planned. However, it was the very beginning of Slyde Handboards as you see it today.
During my summer holidays I would spend all our time down at the beach surfing or Body surfing. While Body surfing the shore break generally making a nuisance of ourselves down on the Durban Beach front, I decided there had to be a better alternative to stealing fast food trays to use as Handboards/handplanes for our bodysurfing.
I think one of the very main reason for wanting to take Slyde Handboards to the next level, is I wanted to create a brand exclusively for Bodysurfing / Handboarding , At the time was not a central brand choice that anybody could get involved in, Wear the gear, ride the board etc, like there is in the surf Industry with brands like Rip curl, Quicksilver. Handplanes /Handboards are becoming more and more popular as a fun alternative. At SLyde we had a vision to grow that brand to grow and get more people involved in bodysurfing. I am a surfer and a waterman I love to do all sorts of water activities, where there is a wave I have to ride it! riding with a Handboard / handplane makes it just that much more fun for me . The wave that is too quick, too steep for a regular stand up surfboard just makes sense riding with a handboard and why not add it to your quiver of boards.
How do I buy Slyde Handboards gear ?
The best place to check for your closest retailer is right here at the find a slyde Dealer. We are constantly adding shops as we get into them. However, if you don't have any luck with your local retailer the next best thing to do is check out the range of boards right here on the slyde Handboards website and our shop. If you need any help in decision making. We are always here to help and assist you in making the correct choice when deciding on a new handboard.We can be reached at either
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling
Do you need swim fins when you bodysurf/handboard ?
What is Bodysurfing?
Bodysurfing is the art and sport of riding a wave without the assistance of any buoyant device such as a surfboard or bodyboard or handboard or Handplane for that matter. Bodysurfers typically equip themselves only with a pair of specialized Bodysurfing swimfins that remain on throughout turbulent waves and also maximize propulsion . Nevertheless you don't require fins to body surf .
To ride the wave , bodysurfers should time their kick off , choose a direction , kick and stroke really hard with legs and arms, and then use their back and outstretched arm , to get on the wave heading to the side while going downward. spins and turns is generally executed by digging the shoulder into the wave , resulting in the bodysurfer to "slyde" to the side of the wave and then to speed up . Leaving the wave is fundamental safety , In shallow water the most effective maneuver is roll on to your side out of the wave allowing the feet tumble forwards . In more powerful waves the body surfer should drop the noggin and then apply an extremely speedy tumble forwards to exit the wave , tossing the legs over as quickly as possible . This needs to be done with little to no hesitation, to avoid injury. Advanced techniques include spins and barrel rolls and quick exitsto learn more check out bodysurf 101 It is also a good idea before you go out to practise and train with breathing to reduce the risk of serious injury find out more in this detailed article about how to train and techniques to holding your breeath for longer
What other forms of Bodysurfing are there?
There are few other forms of bodysurfing and one of the most popular is called Dolphining
"Dolphining" probably one of most enjoyable sports to perform in the water. it is as soul surfer as you are sure to get. This Particular style Bodysurfing is precisely how the Dolphins Bodysurf hence the reason for the term "Dolphining" . It is possible to use a Handplane/Handboard while using this technique. That is why we gave you board bag! So you could put your stick in the car while you dolphin your day away.
Here is how to perform the "Dolphin Pop" or "Porpoising".
Unlike regular body surfing, which entails the bodysurfer slydeing with gravity down the face of the wave, Porpoising or Dolphining makes use of the exact same wave power and energy as a dolphin or seal makes use of as they cruise inside wave's energy pulse.
How to accomplish the Dolphing method
- The bodysurfer begins a meter or 2 more out to sea compared to they would for a 'standard' bodysurfing method .
- As the wave flows over , the bodysurfer dives into the 'back' of the wave and delivers a rapid kick ( with fins ) or alternatively solitary crawl-stroke
- Now you tuck the entire body into a 'dolphin shape' you do this by
- Tucking the chin to the torso
- Hunching the shoulders
- Bringing the palms into the inside thighs
- Stiffening the entire body and making a concave 'air bubble' in the chest
"With Body Surfing you don't take anything for granted! You ride the wave as far as you can, you don't kick out because the barrel stopped. You realize how much room there is out there, even with all the people."
"We as a species are connected to the ocean all living thing come from the ocean Body Surfing is a chance to get back to your roots, It's the ability to feel the energy."
Your Handboards seem quiet big, why?
A question about the shape/size if you don't mind: "It seems rather large to swim with. Is the design intention to throw the board behind you (with arm strap attached) and then swim out the back towing the handboard / handplane? I just can't see how you can swim with such a large board in your hand, and on top of that it has a bit of buoyancy which must be hard to paddle under water with".The Answer:
I get asked the size question quiet a lot, To be Honest the first time I shaped the wedge handboard that size, I too thought it was going to be a bit cumbersome in the surf. However, the previous shapes had ,to me , lacked the buoyancy and size I was looking for. The first iterations I found to be a little under gunned when it came to keeping my 190 lbs frame out the water, especially in the slightly smaller waves, or at the end of a wave. What I found the minute I hit the water with it was it was really easy to swim with! We have a great video where you can see my brother swimming over to get in position this is a great video of rider paddling to pull into a wave it is also a great example of swimming with the Wedge Handboard albeit it a short clip but you get the idea.
As far as the second question the intention is to swim with the handboard out infront of you. The size and bouyancy of the board aid with the paddle out, It does not hinder it. Infact The size also helps when you are out at backline waiting for waves. I use the board to sit on not much unlike you would sit on a full sized surfboard. helps conserve energy inistead of expending it while treading water. Learn more about how to body surf here
here are smaller boards out there and we will be bringing out different shapes in the coming seasons both smaller and possibly even a little bigger ie the New Phish Model . For the most part my answer to the size question is
"just give it a go".
I have been Bodysurfing since i was kid and as far as I am concerned its the best shape and sized hand board I have used. As far as using it underwater if you enjoy Dolphining while bodysurfing, it was not designed with that in mind. The Wedge handboards it iswas develpoed more for use in a quick pitching wave, a wave you kick into it really quickly on top of the surface. However it works great on keeping an even line when you are under check out this video to see it being used underwater in a pool however, you get the idea. the bouancy actually works to keep you in a staight line.