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I also modified my strap design. The eyelets I used in the first prototype are nice and sturdy, but they hold the strap so high off the board that it doesn't allow the strap to really contour over my hand. I decided it was time to invoke the grommets--what a time saver over sewing those damned things!
To top it off, I cut some neoprene off an old wetsuit to sheathe the adjustable strap.
BTW: That is, in fact, the awesome heart pine dining table I made a few years back...
Nice work Erock! I am a good bodysurfer and can do torpedo spins and I use my inside hand to plane with, and I very seldom use fins on my feet. If I need fins for my feet to catch them, I usually paddle out on my surfboard. My question is do you need fins on your feet for these hand planes to work optimum? I have never used them before and have never seen any one use them, and am curious to their advantages, riding characteristics, and if you can swim into a wave easier. Do you use one or two at a time? Thanks.
I only use one and switch hands depending on what direction I'm going to go on a wave. In general, hand boards give you something to really push against to get your body contoured and pull your chest out of the water so there is less drag. I can tell a huge difference in mushier waves and they seem to help me hold better in the pocket in hollow waves--I can make way more barrel sections. I still like bodysurfing without a hand board, I just like hand boards more. However, they will make your arms sore after a long session pushing against them.
They can be somewhat of an advantage swimming into a wave, but it takes the balance out of your paddling so there is some increased effort associated with it. You can use this to your advantage hooking into waves and setting your line once you get familiar with it.
I like using fins but they are by no means necessary. I use the Voit Duckfeet V-7's. I like being able to get into waves earlier and the extra control you get while riding the wave... it's all about maximizing the SLIDE!
made a couple in wood shop a few years back.. toyed around with a couple different shapes this one i thought was pretty cool.. i call it.. the balloon
I am stoked to try one out. I'll PM you next payday to find out prices. I usually like the minimilist approach to body surfing ( baggies are very necessary!) but you are 100% right - it's all about maximizing the Slide!
Great work! I love it when people ride waves in an unconventional way. Handplanes are sick in overhead victory-at-sea days too!
I never saw this thread before but there's some nice work here guys. Keep the posts coming.
I've been trying out some designs with keels and fins. The red one is epoxied pine with glass-on fins and an old leash railguard as the strap. The blue horseshoe is still getting prepped for some pin lines and a 2nd color. I'll probably add leash plugs to anchor the strap...
Anyone here ever make a foam and wood one?
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I'm surprised at how many of us make/have made these things.. i rarely see anyone using em
That's awesome! I bet that thing just glides through mushburgers.
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Really digging those, I've been thinking about making a couple and painting them up a bit. I see we are on the same tip with the keels.
Forgot to add: My most recent one is made from African Mahogany, edge grain Tiger Maple, Cocobolo and Cypress. I finished it with three coats of Tung Oil.
I haven't thought about doing a wood/foam one yet... seem's the extreme differences in densities would create a shaping challenge at the least.... Hell, I've still got to glass the foam ones I shaped... they're just languishing on a rack right now.