PPP bodysurfing Handboards have a range of locally grown paulownia handboards known as Velo hardboards which are sustainably grown locally for the environmentally aware bodysurfer.
This video shows the PPP bodysurfing handboard Velo Midi (mid-range size) which was developed for bodysurfers who prefer to use two hands, with the bodysurfer looking along the wave.
PPP Handboards are linear planning bodysurfing handboards. This means that body surfers get terrific performance through any degree of directional change at any speed plus it gives the bodysurfing handboards tremendous straight-line speed.
PPP bodysurfing Handboards have two distinct designs:
- The Edge is a flexible bodysurfing handboard based on the triplane design, using epoxy and, either eglass or carbon, and
- The Velo bodysurfing handboard is made from locally grown paulownia wood.
Both designs have common themes in the bodysurfing handboards. The PPP Handboards designs are drawn from power boat configuration. For bodysurfers, it is important to have the design based on semi-displacement hulls so that the bodysurfing handboards would plane out & turn. This semi-displacement aspect can also be 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”.