Sole Handplanes - October Newsletter

By The Sole Collective •

Things slowed down a bit in October, though the surf didn't!! Combined with awesomely warm water, south swells have been pumping through one after another!! Business wise though we haven't slowed down at all. We've solidified our partnership with Mabo Handplanes -our distributer in Japan, and picked up a distributor for the UK. Life is good.

Bodysurfing Handboard & Alt Surfcraft Event in Ocean Beach, San Diego

On Sunday, October 11th, Sole Handplanes, Slyde Handboards, Seaplane Handplanes and OB Handplanes hosted the first and definately not the last ‘alternative’ surf craft demo even. Mother Nature smiled and treated us with waves approaching double overhead on the biggest sets. Ocean Beach has a thriving bodysurfing community and it was evident. Close to one hundred bodysurfers and handboarders showed up to partake in the pumping surf and good vibes. Though the early AM did provide the cleanest conditions, the winds were favorable for the most part all day long.

What was really great to see was the number of casual beach go-ers that were interested and actively participated. Many times these events are all about those ‘in the know’ about our niche sport, OB provided us with the opportunity to really share it with the public. And as always, OB dished up it’s unique brand of  people-watching entertainment, from the ‘you really shouldn’t be wearing THAT g-string’ guy to the ‘friendly’ brawl between a group of  NY and New England football fans.

Good times!

Benefit Auction and Tasting for One More Wave

Friday October 2nd Hess Brewing in Ocean Beach hosted a fundraiser to benefit One More Wave. Local businesses including URT Clothing, Resco Instruments, Addict Surfboards, Liquid Stand Up Paddle, and artwork donated by 30 Seconds Out contributed to a silent auction that raised serious stacks. The vibe was way cool and it was awesome and an honor to hang out with such amazing people - our US service members rock!!

One More Wave’s mission is to raise funds in order to produce custom shaped surf boards and wetsuits for wounded veterans who gain therapy from the ocean.


Pure Drift, Providing Clean Water

Our friends Andres Rennella and Corey Eichenberger fromPure Drift are now over a month into their road journey to South America providing filters and education for communities lacking in clean drinking water. Friday, September 18, the Pure Drift team loaded the truck and began the long-awaited, long-planned trip south. A few friends and family went along for the first few days: a warm send-off was certainly well deserved. On the following Monday they arrived in Eréndira, discovering that only two wells provide water for the entire village. One of those wells is too close to the ocean and is therefore contaminated with salt water. Before leaving the crew had provided and installed water filters in the local schools.
By the 25th of October and multiple stops later, the guys arrived  just a few minutes away from the luxury of the hotels and paved roads in San José del Cabo, at a little town of less than 100 people called PaloEscopeta. Thirty five boys and girls attend the local school. The school doubles as a shelter for students who live far away and cannot travel the distance from their homes to school every day. The alternative to sleeping in the shelter is not attending school. The shelter provides three meals a day and a comfy bed, and all the kids have responsibilities. After installing the filters and training students and teachers alike, Andres and Corey were enthusiastically treated to menudo, a traditional Mexican soup.

Next stop: Mainland Mexico!
Follow the mission of pure Drift on their journal at:

Warm Water!

Need we say more? Who remembers water in So Cal being this warm for this long? No one’s complaining here.

The Sole Collective
The Sole Collective


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