TECH & SPECS

Why Choose A Sole Handplane?

Sole handplane concavity diagram showing water flow

CONCAVITY helps capture the flow of water up the face of a wave turning that energy into lift and down the line speed. The concavity in a Sole Handplane provides bite, it also means that a rail is always in contact with the wave face acting as a skeg. This gives our planes control and enables you to pick your line. And it won't slide out from underneath you in the flats. The convex side of the curve gives you a comfortable and natural-feeling grip, reducing hand fatigue, gives you a much stronger swim stroke, and leads to a more natural shoulder rotation.

 

handplane construction hydraulic lamination press

INNOVATIVE CONSTRUCTION • TESTED TOUGH Sole simply takes hand plane construction to the next level by sandwiching a layer of renewable cork between surface layers of impact and scratch resistant HDL. The Whomper utilizes a tough bamboo core between two layers of infused cork. Our planes will take a licking and keep on ticking and are manufactured with pride in San Diego by veteran companies in the surf and skate industry.

 

sole handplane cross section and swimming with a sole handplane

SWIMABILITY & USABILITY An important performance consideration was to relieve pressure on the arm and shoulder when slipping out the back of a wave or while taking a beating. We also wanted a bodysurfing handboard that is easy to swim with, so we designed our planes to be lightweight, have a super thin profile and a buoyancy that’s just above neutral.

 

sole handplane strap

A SUPERIOR STRAP The connection to your handplane is extremely important for control -just as with a ski or snowboard binding. A solid connection keeps the opposing wave torque from controlling the plane -you maintain control, not the wave. The 2” wide bindings are fully padded and adjustable and are as comfortable as they are reliable. The materials are polypropylene and neoprene with a Velcro closure. We offer the most comfortable binding in the industry. There are no binding mounts to fail.

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