The Wave

Itacoa is hard to compare to any other wave. It’s one-part Dominical, one-part Waimea shorebreak, and one-part Baker Beach. The Itacoa Legends 2016 event was more like an epic family gathering than a competition. The “Fish Man”, who stars in his own bodysurfing TV series (and is credited with blowing up the sport in Rio) was just one of the crew...

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Bull in the road at Playa Colorados, Nicaragua. Photo: Leap of Her
The scream wakes me up. I’d heard this sound before. When we were camping as kids we would tell ghost stories at night in the tent when we were supposed to be sleeping. We would try to scare the pants off each other by making loud ghost screams into the night. That’s the sound. A ghost is screaming. It’s an eerie sound, but funny too, comically eerie. But I’m not in a tent. I’m lying face down in a bed of fine sand covering a thin sheet on a stiff mattress. Where?
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 gear bag for bodysurfing open with swim fins bodysurfing gear bag front view body surfing gear bag - back view

The crew at Sole has created the very first bag designed exclusively with the bodysurfer in mind.

Featuring durable, waterproof, re-purposed billboard vinyl. This versatile backpack is great for swimmers and beachgoers as well. Strategically placed all-weather mesh panels allow you to easily shake out excess sand while letting moisture evaporate. There’s nothing else like it...

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By Tom Ekman •

“Are those handboards you’re using? Cool! Did you make those yourself?”

So goes a comment I heard regularly at the various breaks of W. Guerrero, Mex. over the last 6 weeks. Everywhere I go, I have to appreciate the fact that bodysurfers get respect. Any boardsurfer who sees you trimming along on a wave knows it’s all about soul (ahem…or, “Sole”).

It’s been an adjustment going from long, consistent reefs on O`ahu to thumping, desolate (and sharky) beachbreaks. But my first wave at La Barrita, I realized why the whomp! is so compelling.

6- to 8-foot faces, glassy and light blue, these waves were sucking so hard off the sandbar that as I looked over the shoulder paddling out, it looked like the water on the inside was 5 feet lower.   If that was a reef on O’ahu, you’d have to have a death wish to drop in.

But this was just sand, dammit! And my...

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puredrift water filtersSole Handplanes is proud to partner with Pure Drift on their mission to buy and distribute filters that will clean 200,000,000 gallons of water for people who don’t have access to clean water along the coast of North, Central and South America. Please join us in supporting this great cause by visiting their gofundme page, see link below. The campaign runs from July 1st to July 31st.

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