The hand plane revolution is upon us, and we personally recommend every surfer have one in their quiver. If you’re looking for a fun, cheap, time effective alternative to lugging down your surfboard to the shore, check out our funky Paulownia timber Hand Planes. No matter what the conditions, a hand plane will get you in the water in seconds with no wax, no fuss and no lugging.
Hand plane surfing is an improved body surfing experience allowing you to ride a wave for longer and run cleaner lines. This makes it ideal for all skill levels and abilities maximising your time in the surf. As long as you can kick , you could be getting barrelled in a shorie on your first or second wave.
Not only is it easy for all types of beach goers to use, you will start to learn more about waves and their movements which can only improve your surfing game. Even on choppy days, when the conditions have blown out or are flat and lifeless, just add fins and you can still get in the mix and be feeling the stoke in no time.
Our Surfing Green hand planes are available in 3 designs – The Egg, The Eclipse and The Fish and are available in 14″ (36cm) models. Finished with Lanolin Oil straight from the sheep’s back, but don’t worry, no animals are harmed in the process. The oil is extracted from the wool after the sheep has been sheared. Lanolin acts as an emollient by filling in the gaps of the timber and creating an barrier to prevent water from damaging the board. No chemicals or resins are used to ensure our hand planes are fully biodegradable and ocean friendly.
They are selling like hotcakes and are priced accordingly to be a great gift idea for a surfer who already has everything or for a newbie who needs a little encouragement to catch a wave with success. Get one for yourself at the same time and chuck it in the back of the car ready for those days you are under the pump for time but still want to get in the mix. Be careful as hand plane surfing is totally addictive and the most fun you’ll have in the surf without your board.
Custom Orders – If there is a custom shape or size you are looking for just email us the details and we will get back to you asap.
Change Climate Bio Epoxy is a revolution in bio resins. Made with a whopping 77% bio content of renewable biological resources (organic vegetable waste), this is THE BEST environmentally friendly bio resin ever developed to date. And it is developed right here in Australia.
It laminates timber and foam, it can be used as a casting resin, it can be used as an adhesive. With so many uses in one bottle, you can do it all.
Not only is there huge environmental benefits but there are also health benefits for the user. But wait, there’s more … other benefits include low odour, ideal viscosity, UV stability with a hard cure and … drum roll please … it is BPA free!!!
We are giving you the opportunity to trial Change Climate Bio Epoxy at an introductory price, but hurry we have very limited stock.
Do your thongs wholistically address crucial social and environmental issues in global supply chains, tackle poverty and seek to shift power in global trade to those who should benefit such as farmers and workers? No!!! Then get those evil stompers off your feet immediately!
There is a way to look good and DO good while wearing thongs. Yes! you heard right, while wearing thongs. Surfing Green are proud to introduce ‘Thongs for Good’ by Etiko.
Who would have thought that just by whacking on your thongs to avoid the hot bitumen while crossing the road to get to the beach, you are actually taking every step on sustainably sourced FSC approved natural and recycled rubber.
Who would’ve thought by slipping into your thongs before using a public shower to avoid tinea would, at the same time, support a community to tackle poverty by investing in the empowerment of farmers and workers.
Who would’ve thought that chucking on your flip flops because you’re too lazy to do up shoe laces would actually contribute to Sea Shepherd and its mission to conserve and protect threatened ecosystems and species in the worlds oceans and avoid the destruction of habitat and slaughter of ocean wildlife.
The best part is, you get all of this in one pair of extremely comfortable thongs that are grounded in global best practice and independently verified for just $29.5o. This price is still cheaper than the leading surf brand but does so much more, you can practically walk on water with our Etiko thongs, that’s how angelic they are.
Over Easter, we took Surfing Green on the road for a bit of strategy and planning time, as well as a bit of fun, to Suffolk Park just south of Byron Bay (check it out if you get a chance – great spot).
We only took a couple of Paipo’s for the week and wanted to see how the kids went with them. They had a great time in the shorey at Suffolk and in the break at a very busy The Pass.
I may or may not have had some fun on the boards as well and maybe converted a mate or two to timber boards…..time will tell.
Check out Facebook for some pics of our Byron week.
BTW, we did do that work and planning and strategy stuff as well 🙂
During a perfect summers day in December last year, sitting at the Coolum Beach Caravan Park, we found an ad online for, what we now know, was Surfing Green.
Fast forward four or so months, and it is with great delight that I, Amy, and my husband Ben announce that we are the new owners of Surfing Green!
Firstly, a huge thanks to Dave and Nicola for being genuinely awesome people and for building the business into what it is today. We will do everything we can to continue that growth and get the sustainable surfing message out.
We are NOT in this to get rich fast. We are NOT in this to build it up quickly and sell it off. We are in this because of our love of the ocean. We are in this to leave our legacy, to know we’ve helped the environment in some way. We are in this to be an example for our kids, showing we CAN make a difference, no matter how small.
We’re planning some awesome things – new products, more community involvement, more content and more messaging. So keep your eyes peeled, jump on board and be part of the solution.
If you think of a Rib and Spar Surfboard Kit as a giant (and totally awesome) jigsaw puzzle then you have an idea of what is involved in this project. Your kit comes with a spar and corresponding ribs for you to glue together to make the “skeleton” of the surfboard. You can then use thin timber planking (we recommend Paulownia) to fix the deck and bottom onto your internal frame. Your choice of planking is where you can get creative and really add a personal touch. Choose a variety of timbers, and experiment with your layout. Just be careful with the choice of timber that you’re not adding too much weight to your surfboard.
BUILDING THE RAILS
Once you’ve finished the top and bottom and cut your outline to shape more planking is glued on to build the rails out. You can shape and sand the rails to your desired curve so that they meet the deck and bottom planking. Continue sanding with higher grade sandpaper and you’ll be ready to glass your board.
GLASSING YOUR BOARD
Glass your board with cloth and resin top and bottom, cut your fin boxes in and install the leash plug and vent. (Note: A versa square is a handy tool for the home builder to help you measure and mark where to put your fin boxes and leash plugs and enables you to choose your ideal fin setup). You can also choose to install either a vent screw and leash plug or combine the two by installing a vented leash plug. Either will work fine it is simply a matter of personal preference as to which option you choose. Once you’ve completed your installations you finish your glassing with your filler and then finish coats of resin before following with a whole lot more sanding to get a nice polished finish. If the idea of glassing your own board is too taxing, you can get a local shaper to do it for you. This will obviously add to the cost of the build, but you don’t run the risk of messing up your beautiful work of art! If you like the idea of completing the whole project yourself but haven’t mastered the glassing process, ask an experienced friend to help you through it, Google some how-to videos or purchase an online PDF or video guide.
In total there is between 40-50 hours of build time involved in this project. The beauty of it is you can do it at your own pace and within your own time frame. You will be rewarded for your efforts with a beautiful wood surfboard that is both practical and functional. While these boards may weigh a little more than a conventional foam core surfboard they surf great, due to their design and build they are ten times stronger than a standard board, and they can literally last a lifetime!
Just like a giant jigsaw, we have students working on these for their school projects, grandparents making them with their grand kids and everyone in between! If you have the time and patience you will be rewarded for your efforts and can bask in the glory of friends and family admiring your final masterpiece.
Ok, so a small exaggeration on the 101 but there are countless reasons supporting your local shaper is better, and quite a few of them have an ecological slant.
Purchasing your stick from a local dude or dudette is infinitely kinder on the environment and ultimately our ocean. Historically, regardless of the toxic nature of traditional and mainstream surfboard manufacture the simple fact that most boards were produced by local shapers to service their local markets made them better than the supply chain we are seeing in today’s world. Although on one hand the surfing community has become so much more educated on how harmful surfboard manufacturing is and the impact it can have on both the ocean environment and the people entrusted to shape our revered guns, on the other hand the nature of global trade and the ever increasing popularity of surfing worldwide has resulted in mass produced imitations being churned out at an alarming rate from our Asian counterparts.
What’s so bad about this you say? Now everyone can get a board cheap as chips and enjoy the stoke just like us. Well, besides the fact that the local break may be much less crowded, there are a few ecological reasons for stemming the flow of cheaply produced boards… 1) developed countries have more stringent environmental and safety standards which result in much less emission of toxic chemicals into the general environment and better treatment of workers (although the average shapers apprentice may dispute that one); 2) the energy used by developing countries in general is way higher, resulting in a more pollution-intensive manufacturing process and 3) outsourcing board manufacture offshore results in lost local jobs, a diminishing of the local community structure and a high energy toll from transporting worldwide.
Above all else, purchasing cheap alternatives is not only hurting your local shaper, it’s ultimately hurting your local break. And we’re sure that’s a travesty we’d all rather avoid. If only we could think with our hearts and not our wallets next time we purchase a new ride.