Sustainability is a growing concern in the surf industry. Surfers are constantly trying to design new gimmicks that would spark an interest among beach goers. Inventors Ed Lewis and Kipp Denslow use anything from broken boards to old wetsuits in order to create a tiny accessory for bodysurfers known as the handplane. Rather than discarding these used materials, this environmentally friendly invention utilizes scraps to create one of the newest toys in the surf market. Their slogan: “Handmade with love, out of California trash.”
Each handplane is shaped by hand, glassed and polished just as a regular surfboard would be, except these are smaller and less expensive. The handplane is like a mini surfboard for your hand. The dimensions vary but the are usually from about 12 to 16 or so inches in length. One handplane sells for around $155. This accessory helps bodysurfers to catch waves quicker and more easily.
“The idea of the handplane is to give you more lift while bodysurfing and to reduce drag. The result is more speed. And more speed equals more fun! It’s like having a little gas peddle on your hand,” Ed described.
Ed and Kipp got into making handplanes by accident. They began a one time project for a blog they were running and it ended up becoming a full time business. They wanted to give old surfboards in the dump a second life. And now their handplanes are taking off within the surf industry.
“Surfers are just big kids anyway so anything that makes you laugh and giggle like a little grom is welcome in the broader surf culture,” says Ed. They are a great way to bring out your inner child.A few years ago, this creation was new to many surfers. Now they are sold in all the shops. You can check out the handplane at: enjoyhandplanes.com