I have been surfing this coast for decades using flippers and a hand-board (also known as a hand-surfer or a handgun).
Recently there has been a renaissance in body surfing with hand-boards, which I cheerfully support. But there has been a proliferation of wooden so-called ‘organic’ boards all of a sudden.
These hand-boards can be found in every vaguely surf related shop in the region and they are in my opinion a rip-off.
Firstly the cost is around $180, double or triple the cost of the usual plastic or foam ones, secondly they have no safety strap. They are made of wood and are sufficiently heavy to give someone a severe knock if lost on a wave.
But the bit that really gets up my nostrils is that they declare themselves ‘organic’. What rubbish. Maybe they are recycled and wooden but that doesn’t make them ‘organic’.
What a crass case of the commercial bastardisation of a word that used to have serious meaning.
There are a range of perfectly good foam or plastic hand-boards with safety straps available for less than $100, and they are easier to use.
As for ‘organic’, well… plastic comes from oil. That’s organic?
Hand-boards rule OK!
See you in the surf.
Andrew Hall, Ocean Shores