Shalo Water Supply Co. Introduction
Shalo Water Supply Co. is a company owned and developed by Ian Irish. They are a fairly new handplane shaping company based out of Southern California. Their mission is to spread the stoke of bodysurfing through a quiver of recycled & sustainable handplanes.
They offer several handplane options in multiple types of material. The different handplane models that are offered range from acrylic to bamboo.
The Shalo Water Supply Co. Acrylic Handplane features:
|Surface Area:||9″ x 6.25″ surface area|
|Thickness:||Approximately 0.25″ thick|
|Shape:||Slight rocker towards the nose|
|Strap:||Adjustable floating strap made with Recycled Bike Tubes|
Shalo Water Supply Co.s Acrylic Handplane is an interesting piece to add to the bodysurfing quiver. The handplane is made of acrylic and is offered in multiple shapes. The durability of the acrylic is quite solid but prone to minor scratching. The strap is attached through four slots on the middle of the handplane and has an adjustable buckle.
An issue I found with the acrylic handplane is that it doesn’t float very well, it floats just below the surface. Also with the acrylic being clear it can be a challenge to find if removed in the ocean.
The Shalo Water Supply Co. Acrylic Handplane is a small beautiful handplane. The size is slightly larger than the size of my hand (I wear large gloves, if that gives a decent visual). The size of the handplane is definitely made for a more experienced bodysurfer in waves 3’+. It is shaped with a diamond tail and a slight amount of rocker.
The one thing that I appreciate the most about the handplane is the size. As more of an arm swimmer, I am able to have a better arm stroke when swimming. The handplane doesn’t feel like a hassle to have out in the water and gives the right amount of lift and control when in the lineup.
- Created with recycled materials
- Good amount of control and stability
- Comfortable hand strap
- Great for experienced bodysurfers
- Doesn’t float very well and difficult to find in water
- Not ideal for beginner bodysurfers
Be aware that losing the handplane in the water can lead to a difficult search. Despite that, Shalo Water Supply Co. Acrylic Handplane is a great choice for any bodysurfer looking to add a fun small handplane to their quiver. Keep an eye on this up and coming company to see what they have in store.
Price: $60 USD
Overall, Shalo Water Supply Co. Handplane is a small beautiful see through handplane that anyone should take for a ride.