Bodysurfing handboards by PPP Handboards FAQ
PPP bodysurfing Handboards and bodysurfing handplanes deliver Precision, Performance and Planing body surfing hand boards and bodysurfing hand planes to get you shredding and smiling. The bodysurfing handboards produced by PPP Handboards are hand made with the precision and delicacy with which a diamond is cut.What are the PPP Designs?
PPP Handboards have two distinct designs, the Edge and the Velo. Both are based on George Greenough’s short board designs with input from Paul Gross and testing from the Triple P team.
Handboards are different to surfboards. PPP Handboards are linear planning bodysurfing handboards. PPP handboards have a neutral buoyancy. The PPP design combines with the neutral buoyancy to provide a significant advantage of holding the line when trimming down the wave. PPP handboards enable bodysurfers to complete their full swim stroke, except for the largest of the handboards.
PPP Handboards are designed to allow the handboard’s straight tail to “give way” when it banks over into a turn, facilitating virtually any degree of directional change at any speed.
The Velo designs are paulownia wood, flat rockered, convex hull handboards that want to run down the line which give maximum planning.
The Edge designs are e-glass that have a full nose, round bottom hull. The flexibility in the tail allows the linear planing PPP Handboards to effortlessly roll over into a bottom turn, and once it was on its edge, the whole handboard twists similar in theory to an airplane propeller. When the twist is released the rocker straightens for down the line speed.
PPP Handboards uses either of two materials to deliver its designs, these are e-glass and paulownia wood.
Why Paulownia Timber?
We only use Australian Grown Paulownia Timber. It is light in weight and pale blonde in colour with its own character grain and approximately the same strength as Cedar. It has a magic feel like a firm balsa wood. It is very light and can be painted or stained to resemble any timber. It is easily limed and when painted is not oily. What really sets Paulownia timber apart from other alternative timber materials is its incredible natural above ground durability and water resistant properties. Paulownia does not absorb water, the main element of rot and decay (rot resistant), and has a high resistance to water abrasion, a common failure of western red cedar and pine outdoor products. It also has no associated allergies and zero toxicity.
Paulownia wood has the following attributes:
- Light - physically light when strapped to your hand making swimming easy
- Neutrally Buoyant - penetrates water easily
- Water Resistant -won’t absorb water making it heavy
- Non Toxic
- Naturally Rot, Decay and Insect Resistant
- Unique - each board has its own wood grain
- Sustainably Grown
- Eco Friendly - The best part is that at the end of its life it can return to nature!
How do I look after my Paulownia PPP Handboard?
- Rinse under water after use
- Apply PPP Care Pack protection solution with a soft cloth
- Wipe off any excess solution
This can be done as often as you like but should be done at least every few months if you are using your board regularly.>/p>
Occasionally after the first use there may be some “grain rise” which can easily be fixed with a light sand, using 600 grade sandpaper then finished with anti-mould Linseed oil.
Why use a handboard?
When a bodysurfer gets onto a wave the PPP Handboard planes on the surface of the water. The linear planning enables the bodysurfer to create lift, decrease drag and increase speed.
Why do you have different contours on the bottom?
PPP Handboards are complex units in both design and build. These builds are based on a complex design. It is wise to embrace the complexity used to deliver flexible handboards.
We have the “Velo” designed handboards and the “Edge” designed handboards.
Why use an adjustable hand strap?
Most bodysurfers usually use an open palm. It is the same thing with swimming. So, it just makes sense that our palm is open when we use a handboard.
The other reason is hydrodynamics. Having one's fingers dangling out the bottom of the handboard creates drag and reduces speed and slows the bodysurfer down.