Enjoy Handplanes Introduction
Enjoy Handplanes is a company created by Ed Lewis and Kipp Denslow. Their mission is to produce quality environmentally friendly products by reusing/recycling manufacturing waste, broken surfboards and old wetsuits.
Enjoy Handplanes are offered in a wide variety of different artwork options and two different materials. The two different handplane models are the upcycled foam board and the mushroom board.
The Enjoy Baby Buddha Diamond Tail Handplane features:
|Material:||Upcycled surfboard foam composition|
|Surface Area:||12″ x 7″ surface area|
|Thickness:||Approximately 0.75″ thick|
|Shape:||Slight rocker towards the nose|
|Finish:||Entropy bio derived VOC free epoxy resin finish|
|Strap:||Adjustable velcro strap with upcycled neoprene cover|
|Options:||Hand painted artwork or fabric inlays|
The Enjoy Baby Buddha Diamond Tail Handplane is truly a work of art created by Ed and Kipp. Enjoys brand personality is definitely shown in the multiple creative designs crafted into each handplane. The neoprene hand strap made from upcycled wetsuits is comfortable on the users hand and is easily adjustable. The entropy epoxy finish is smooth at first use, but tends to scratch easily when placing it in a backpack with other items or when abraded by the sand.
The Baby Buddha Diamond Tail by Enjoy Handplanes is an absolute BEAST in the water. The 12″ x 7″ size helps maintain a comfortable swimming situation that doesn’t feel like a burden on your hand. Bodysurfers are still able to use the hand with the handplane to stroke as they normally would without it. More importantly, the smaller size gives the rider a good amount of stability and the ability to drop into bigger waves with control.
Enjoy Handplanes recommends on their website that the 12″ x 7″ models be used by more experienced bodysurfers in conditions of 3’+ waves. This is due to the idea that the baby buddha diamond tail handplane is the optimum size for bodysurfers that really know what they are doing in the water.
The optional GoPro FCS plug that some of the handplanes are built with is a nice addition to capture some epic footage. Although, the weight of the GoPro and extensions that one may attach to the handplane can be slightly overwhelming. For bodysurfers that put more emphasis on using their arms to swim, the addition of a GoPro will make them feel hindered. But for bodysurfers that make their legs and fins do all the work, the weight of the GoPro will be no issue.
- Created with recycled materials
- Good amount of control and stability
- Handmade with a variety of designs available
- Perfect for experienced bodysurfers
- The smaller size can be awkward with a GoPro attached for some
- Not ideal for beginner bodysurfers
- One of the steeper priced handplanes out on the market
There are not many negatives associated with Enjoy Handplanes Baby Buddha Diamond Tail Handplane, and for some none at all. Enjoy Handplanes delivers an amazing eco-friendly product along with a great mission to save the planet through their work.
Price: $155-175 USD
Note: This review is based on my hands on experience with the 12″ x 7″ Baby Buddha Diamond Tail Handplane. The tails of the handplanes are somewhat irrelevant and the performance of the boards are based solely on the sizes according to Enjoy Handplanes. Therefore this review should cover all of 12″ x 7″ Enjoy Handplanes made of upcycled surfboard foam.
Overall, The Baby Buddha Diamond Tail Handplane by Enjoy Handplanes is a great choice for experienced bodysurfers looking to be eco-friendly and get pitted simultaneously.