Handplane Discussions with Donnie Brink: Number 3

by steve watts April 12, 2013

We bring you the third and final discussion with Donnie Brink on the theories put into shaping Slyde Handboards’ next revolution in handplanes. You might learn something on the aquatic principles applied to surf craft and in particular, our handplanes.  We know we did.  

This one here is a real simple, maybe almost basic planing hull, designed around the basic displacement hull principals of those surfboards. And yeah, it's got a really pinched, bladed down rail, up in the nose, rolled entry, into a deep concave running through the last say, two-thirds of the board, into a small, little, I call them bubble tails.

Donnie Brink handplane discussions number threeAnyway, the release chime edge on the concave on the back two-thirds of the board really should allow the rail to come off the rail, over the bottom, in and out of the concave, grabbing a little more hold as though you were having fins, obviously a fin-less model.

And, yeah, giving a little more hold with the bite of the rail holding you on the wave as well as the contours, forcing the water through the back third of board and, you know, deck profile, a little lowered center here for your arm to rest in. And yeah, thinking, really try and make the board sit deep in the wave. You've got so much ability to pull the board out of the wave with the hand strap that having the pinched rail and having it sit deeper in could be a really, really good opportunity to ride some higher lines and maybe get a little bit tighter up in the smaller waves pocket, sitting up in the barrel a little bit higher up.

steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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