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PPP Handboards are linear planning handboards for bodysurfing. This allows the handboard’s straight tail to facilitate virtually any degree of directional change at any speed and it gives the handboards tremendous straight-line speed. PPP Handboards use flat tail lift, which give maximum planing and trim speed at the top end.
PPP Handboards have two distinct designs:
- The Edge is a flexible handboard based on the triplane design, using epoxy and, either eglass or carbon, and
- The Velo design is made from locally grown paulownia wood.
Both designs have common themes incorporated into 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 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”.