This is a comprehensive guide on how to Body surf using a Handboard. Body surfing is one thing but using a handboard or Handboard while bodysurfing is another. It is not difficult but as you will come to realize there are a few tips and tricks to getting your technique just right and this is the place to find them
This article is intended for beginners handboarders, and should give you the start you need to take your bodysurfing with a handboard to new heights. We will not discuss the specifics of water safety. If you would like to get a detailed description on bodysurfing techniques and ocean safety, read our bodysurf 101 article. This article will focus on how to bodysurf while using a Handboard.
Bodysurfing with a handplane as illustrated by long time Australian bodysurfer Grant Schofield:
"I was amazed by the speed I could get on the board, I found myself having to either stall or do turns to stop from 'out running' the wave which is unheard of while bodysurfing normally!"
Increased speed: make that section, pull into the barrel and get pitted
Higher lift out the water means less drag
Increased pull into the wave, leading to less missed waves
Puts a smile on your dial!
handboard, handplane, handgun, handlid, handslide, the list goes on. they are all the same thing and vary dramatically, like surfboards, in size and shape. as a side note, in the interest of getting you set up with the best possible handboard, we will be following this article up with a "choosing the right handboard for you," which will take you through choosing the best handboard for you.
you need a Handboard to go handboarding. a no brainer here.
Fins are optional and make getting into a wave much easier. However, if you are handboarding in the shore break, it is sometimes easier to leave the fins on the beach. When you are learning how to bodysurf keep close to shore, you will be able to launch into the wave by pushing off the ocean floor. Having fins on when you’re close in can tire you out really quickly.
Being completely submerged in water will get cold, so check your local conditions and temperatures before you go.
Once you have made sure your handboarding equipment is in perfect working order, It's time to choose where you want to handboard. Choose the best conditions by visiting any one of the surf report sites like Surfline or Magic Seaweed. We recommend Surfline, as their mobile app is awesome for checking your favorite spots on the fly.
this quick footage is a great example of getting into position for the wave. it shows paul paddling into position using both the hand with the board in it and the free hand in a freestyle stroke. the board actually helps when swimming. it increases the surface area of the hand
If you are a complete novice, follow our choosing the right place to bodysurf article to make the best decision when choosing the spot for your session. We also recommend you have a few sessions of learning how to bodysurf without a handboard before you venture in with a Handboard, to get you used to the ocean.
Jerry Springer style. Follow these five simple tips and in no time, you will be handboarding like a superhero. So get out there and see what all the fuss is about! Remember, we are not trying to solve world peace. Just have fun and don't take yourself too seriously.