Garage Handplanes Information
It’s been a long road that has led to the development and launch of a set of bodysurfing handplanes we are truly proud of.
Thirty years ago, I was given my first handplane as a Christmas gift. I carried that handplane with me everywhere. When the handplane started to disintegrate, I looked around for replacement options until I hit on the brilliant idea of making my own.
Sliding down the a wave on my own designed and built handplane was an awe inspiring experience! So began the addiction of tweaking, refining, and experimenting on more handplane designs. Requests for handplanes started coming off the beach. It was time to get serious about spreading the stoke! We’ve taken a ‘no compromise’ approach to the design and manufacture of handplanes, and I’m truly proud of the result. The shapes have evolved from much prototyping and experimentation between myself and the local bodysurfing community at Avalon. We’ve played with all sorts of shapes, sizes, materials, hull contours, tail shapes, board volume, and fixtures to develop the best possible handplane.
One of the key things we learned was that there is no true one single design – people bodysurf different (who knew!). As a result, our first collection comprises 3 different shapes – the Barrel Monster, Palm Sled and Riva Diamond Tail.
One of the hardest areas of design was how to attach the handstrap to the board. We trialled and experimented with many different binding systems – from sailing boat parts to snow board boot mounts. In the end, we developed our own proprietary system that is simple, effective, and true to most surfcraft manufacturing solutions.
We are truly proud to present Garage Handplanes.