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“as long as we ha ve been in our seas, we ha ve been able t o r ide t he wa ves using our body’s as t he craf t”


B ODYSURFIN G H A N D PLA NES It is im po ssibl e t o dat e wh en bo dy s ur f i n g f irs t s t a r t e d , d u e t o t he sim plicity, nat ure o f t he s po r t an d t h e e q u ip m e n t u s e d . We ha ve seen an i ncreas e i n po pul ar i t y o f t he s p o r t ove r t h e p a s t f ew years a n d t h o s e t hat pi o n eered t h e a r t o f b o d y s u r f in g can do t his w i t h o ut t h e ai d o f a h an dpl ane . T h is h a s le a d m a ny a discussion be t ween us and we c o ncl ude , t h a t a s lo n g a s we ha ve bee n i n o ur s eas , we h a ve been a b le t o r id e t h e wa ves us i ng o ur bo dy ’s as t h e cra f t. A handplane i s ‘q ui t e s i m pl y ’ an ai d f o r yo u r h a n d , g ivin g yo u a larger plai n i n g s ur f ac e when r i di ng a wa ve in t o t h e s h o re . T here has b een m uc h s pec ul at i o n over t h e p a s t f ew ye a rs a s t o w hat do es an d do es no t wo r k as a h an d p la n e , o u r a n s we r t o t ho se q ue s t i o n s i s ver y s i m pl e. T h e han d p la n e n e e d s t o b e comf or t able t o h o l d, be m ade fro m a rel a tive l y s tif f m a t e r ia l and be a larg er s ur f ac e area t han yo ur h a n d . We h a ve tr ie d near l y ever y t y pe o f handpl an e o n t h e m a r ke t f ro m m o u ld e d plastic, lamin at ed pl as t i c , pu an d epox y, a ll o f w h ic h wo r k a s well as eac h o t h er. T h e g reat t hi ng abo ut t h e s p o r t is , a s t h e eq uipment is rel at i vel y i n- ex pen s i ve yo u c a n h a ve a n u m b e r o f handplanes t o s ui t di f f eren t wa ves , co n di tio n s a n d s ty le s . T h e mo st im por t a n t t h i n g i s wi t h any wat er ba s e d s p o r ts , yo u m u s t look af t er yo ur eq ui pm ent as t h e s ea s al t a n d p owe r o f t h e wa ve c an dam ag e mo s t m at e r ia ls . Fro m o ur own ex per i en ce o n e o f t he m o s t im p o r t a n t p ie c e s o f eq uipment f or bo dy s ur f i ng i s a s e t o f bo d y s u r f in g f in s , t h e re are many a vai l abl e o n t h e mar ke t but we re co m m e n d D a f in a s t hey are des i g n ed s peci f i c al l y f o r bo dy s u r f in g a n d wo r n by many of t he l i f eg uards aro un d t h e wo r l d. T h is is t e s t a m e n t t o t he design an d per f o r m an c e. When c hoo s in g t h e c o r re ct handplane i t n eeds t o f eel co m f o r t abl e a n d b e we ll b u ilt. N ow it ’s tim e t o g e t o ut t here an d g i ve it a g o . F in d a s p o t and wa ve siz e t hat s ui t s yo ur abi l i t y, yo u m u s t a lwa y s b e ve r y cautious in t h e wat er as t here are r i ps an d t h e wa ve s ca n b e ver y hea vy. Us e yo ur f i ns t o pro pel yo u q u ic k l y o u t t h e b a c k t o where t h e wa ve i s n o t breaki ng , yo u m u s t t h e n p o s itio n yourself in fro n t o f t he unbro ken wa ve. U s in g yo u f in s t o project speed an d yo ur h an dpl ane o u t in f ro n t o f yo u r stre tc hed ar m, ki c k as q ui c kl y as yo u c a n a n d m a in t a in t h is as yo u go down t h e l i ne o f t h e wa ve. It s o u n d s s im p le b u t it w ill t ake a bi t o f t i me bef o re yo u are d o in g t h is o n eve r y wa ve. Res t as s ured o n ce yo u h a ve m a s t e re d t h e t ec h ni q ue yo u wi l l be h o o ke d o n bo dy s ur f i ng f o r ever.


HAND PL ANE S MAD E I N T HE UK


“A handpla ne i s ‘ q ui t e s i m p l y ’ an ai d f or you r h a n d , g iv in g you a larg e r p l ai ni ng s ur f ac e wh e n wa ve r id in g ”


WAT ERSH ED H A N D PLA NES Wat ershed h an dpl anes are al l made i n t h e U K u s in g t h e highest q u al i t y Bi rc h pl y. Bi rc h pl y wo o d p e r f o r m s b e s t in applicatio ns deman di ng h i g h s t ren g t h a n d r ig id ity. I t h a s excellent res i s t anc e t o humi di t y, i s l i g ht we ig h t w it h a ve r y high durabili t y and wei g ht t o s t reng t h ratio . T h is m a ke s it t h e per f ect m at er i al t o us e f o r han d p la n e s . U nlike so me o t her handpl anes o n t he ma r ke t, we d o n o t u s e gabo o n pl y as t h i s mat er i al i s n o t as s t ro n g a n d d o e s n o t re s is t im pact damag e wel l . Wh en t h e s ur f i s dem a n d in g yo u n e e d a pro duc t t hat yo u can t r u s t. T he design o f o ur h an dpl anes h as been in f lu e n ce d by t h e sty le of sur f i n g and t h e s ur fbo ards t hat we r id e , d e s ig n a n d manuf acture. T he h an dl e i s an i nt eg ral pa r t o f t h e d e s ig n , a s t he shape en abl es yo u t o us e t he bo ard f o r wa ve s b re a k in g lef t or r ight. T h e s hape o f o ur h an dl e i s als o t h e s tro n g e s t wa y t o constr uc t a handl e, wi t h i t ’s co n t i nu o u s cu r ve a n d n o r ight-angle edg es t h ere are n o weak poin ts , a s t h is c o u ld be dang ero us i n t h e s ur f . Yo u must lo o k af t er yo ur handpl an e, t hey a ll c o m e p re -tre a t e d but we recom mend t h at yo u re- t reat t hem eve r y 6 -12 m o n t h s dependin g o n how muc h yo u us e yo ur h a n d p la n e . We suppl y al l t he pro duc t s f o r af t erc are t o e n s u re yo u g e t year s o f fun fro m yo ur purc h a s e . We ha ve es t abl i s h ed o ur s el ves as t h e l e a d in g b o d y s u r f in g o utle t in t he UK , an d o ur ex per i en ce an d ex p e r tis e is b a s e d aro und u s i ng t he pro duct s an d bei ng in t h e wa t e r. T h is passio n and c o m mi t ment i s why Wat er s h e d ex is ts t o d a y. We use o ur p ro duct s reg ul ar l y and wh en t h e m a n u f a ctu re r actuall y use s t h ei r own pro duc t , i t f i l l s yo u w it h co n f id e n ce t hat t h e pro duc t i s t r i ed and t e s t e d . If yo u ha ven ’ t t r i ed bo dy s ur f i ng bef o re, it ’ s tim e t o g e t o u t in t h e wat er an d g i ve i t a g o .


“ We had al re a d y e s t ab l i s h e d our s e l ve s a s t h e l e a d in g b od y s ur f i ng out l e t i n t h e U K �


T HE OR I GI NA L MATERIAL: SOLID 18MM BIRCH PLY Dimensions: 12.5” X 7” MADE IN CORNWALL UK Th e Or iginal Hand- pl ane was des i g n ed by o n e c o lle a g u e f o r a n o t h e r as a bir t hda y pres en t and was t he beg i nn in g o f t h e ra n g e o f Wat er s h ed Handpl an es .


“ When t he manuf ac t ure r ac t ual l y us e s t he ir ow n p ro d u c t it f ills you wi t h c onf i d e nc e t h a t t h e p rod uc t is t r ie d a n d t e s t e d �


T HE CR E S CE NT MATERIAL: SOLID 18MM BIRCH PLY Dimensions: 12.5” X 6.34”” MADE IN CORNWALL UK The Crescent Handpl ane i s t he s m al l es t o ut o f t h e b irc h p l y ra n g e . W it h it ’s t apered t ai l i t i s m o re s ui t ed t o peo pl e w it h s m a lle r h a n d s .


“ T he desi gn o f our h a nd p lane s h a s b e e n in f l u e n c e d by t h e s t y le of sur f i ng and t h e s ur f b oard s t h a t we r id e , d e sig n and manuf ac t ure �


T HE FI S H MATERIAL: SOLID 18MM BIRCH PLY Dimensions: 13” X 7” MADE IN CORNWALL UK The F ish Handplane h as beco me o ur mo s t po p u la r h a n d p la n e t o d at e . W it h it ’s re t ro s t y l ed t ai l remi n i s c ent o f a 197 0 ’ s tw in f in sur fbo ard, yo u can bo dy s ur f i n t o t a l s ty le .


“A wooden handplane is a t hing of beauty, you f eel like you are a par t of an ancient f or m of wa ve r iding�


THE FIRS THET FEIV RS E RT WAT E RS HE D HAND PL ANE


Wat ershed was es t abl i s h ed i n l at e 2011 wh e n f o u n d e rs J a ke a n d James sa w a g ap i n t h e mar ke t f o r a s t o re- l e a d b ra n d , pro d u cin g high q uality pro duct s t hat c at er f o r t h e co n s u m e r ’ s d ire ct n e e d s and ability. T h e s t o re o pen ed i n ear l y 2012 t o I m m e d ia t e s u c ce s s . Wat ershed st oc ks s o me o f t he wo r l ds mo s t t r u s t e d b ra n d s a n d t h is ga ve t he own er s t he pl at f o r m t o des i g n , d eve lo p a n d p ro d u c e so f t go o ds a nd hardware un der t hei r own n a m e . E ve r y t h in g is designed in t he s t o re, t h en eac h pro duct is c a re f u ll y d is cu s s e d and t est ed pr i o r t o man uf act ure. Qual i t y m a t e r ia ls , m a n u f a ctu re and aest he tics are at t h e f o refro nt o f al l o u r p ro d u cts . I f we c a n ’ t make t he pro duct o ur s el ves t o ful f i l o ur c r it e r ia , t h e n we lo o k f or t h e bes t par t ner s an d c raf t s m e n t o a s s is t u s . Many of t he Wat er s h ed h ard g o o ds pro duc t s a re m a n u f a c tu re d a t our premises, if we do n ’ t h a ve t h e f ac i l i t i es , t h e n we p ro d u c e t h e m in clo se proxi mi t y t o t h e s t o re us i n g h i g hl y s k ille d in d ivid u a ls . Our hard go o ds pro duc t s c o n s i s t o f S ur fbo ard s a n d B o d y s u r f in g handplanes, b o t h o f wh i c h are c raf t ed arou n d o u r d e s ire t o g e t more people in t h e wat er us i n g eq ui pment de s ig n e d t o m a ke t h e mo st o ut o f wa ver i di n g . A bove al l we o nl y p ro d u c e p ro d u c t t h a t ser ves a direct need. A l l o f o ur pro ducts ex is t b e ca u s e we initiall y m ade t h em f o r o ur s el ves , a s we co u ld n o t f i nd wh at we want ed i n t h e m a r ke t. Our com pany i s l ead by neces s i t y and desig n , we h a ve t a ke n a ver y traditiona l j o ur ney t o g e t t o where we a re t o d a y. We ow n a phy sical build i ng wh ere peo pl e c an co m e a n d t a lk , q u e s tio n a n d view w hat we do . We l ove t o g e t o ur h an d s d ir ty a n d we love mak ing stuf f t o as s i s t peo pl e i n en j oy i ng l i f e . We a re Wat e rs h e d . . . M aker s o f fun . Fo r m o re inf o r m a t io n o n a ny o f o u r p ro d u ct s p l e a se se nd a n em a il t o : wh ole s ale @wat e r s h e d s h op. c o.uk Wa t ershed 3 - 5 B a nk S t ree t N ew q u a y C o r nwa ll Tr10 8 jh Telep ho ne: 016 374 9 8121 Web sit e: w w w. wa t ershed sho p . co .uk Suppl i e rs o f f ine q u a lit y clo t hing , a ccesso r ies a nd Wa t e rcra f t . F irst E dition pr int ed in t he UK 2 014 All r ig h ts re se r ved. N o par t of t his publication ma y be re pro du ce d i n w ho l e o r par t wit hout t he per mission from t he publisher (Wat e rs he d).


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