The quality PPP body surfing hand planes are delivered today because of a long period of prototype testing to ensure the best bodysurfing hardboards are produced and delivered.
The photo below is of a warped VeloMX from 2014 when we were testing the thickness to be supported in 3-4' swell ... clearly the thickness used in manufacturing this hand board was discarded and we have moved on to a more stable bodysurfing handboard.
Triple P develops linear planning bodysurfing hardboards. The Velo bodysurfing handboard is made from locally grown paulownia wood.
The PPP Handboards designs are drawn from power boat configuration using the design based on semi-displacement hulls which can be better described as “linear planing” boards:
“The straight, back half of the rocker line allows the tail of the board to rise up onto a plane at low speeds, like a power boat getting under way. But no matter how fast the board eventually gets going, it doesn’t want to plane-out laterally…because of the convex hull. The bulk of the lift is generated length-wise, nose to tail. The lateral, rail-to-rail lift is negligible. This gives his boards tremendous straight line speed without building up side-to-side pressure…which limits banking over into a turn at high speed.”
The essential ingredients in designing the bodysurfing handboards were a mildly kicked nose, flat tail rocker, a “high-in-the-nose-to-lower-in-the-tail” rail line and “neutral handling”.