I've been meaning to send a big thank you for the inspiration for shaping and riding handplanes for quite some time. Attached are a couple of pics of my creations (obviously, many based on your shapes). I've surfed for quite a while in the Pacific Northwest and have been bodysurfing as well for a few years, but had never tried a handplane. One day this summer up here in Oregon, I ran into a guy named Mike riding one of your brownfish models. After talking with him and watching him catch and ride some of the best waves of the day, I decided handplaning was for me. That very same evening I called my friend Matt in NYC, who got me into surfing years ago, all stoked about getting into handplaning and he told me he had made me a handplane for my birthday and that it would arrive any day. Crazy coincidence huh? Up until that day, I had never seen another person riding a handplane in Oregon (although I'm sure people do) or even bodysurfing for that matter. Since I received that handplane in the mail (it is the small light green handplane in one of the pictures), I have not set foot on a surfboard. It has become an obsession for me and I have used your handplanegoodness site for shaping inspiration. Surfing in the Northwest is already pretty rustic and you usually feel pretty connected with nature. Riding handplanes has pushed that connection even closer for me. Now I have to decide what to do with all of my surfboards...maybe make furniture out of them?:) I also am making so many handplanes, that I have decided to start giving more away to anyone who is interested and leaving behind handplanes to those interested on any surf destinations I visit to spread the stoke. Thanks again for the inspiration. If you have never surfed in Oregon, it is worth the trip. Although the waves are rarely perfect, the beauty and access to the coastline is hard to beat. Cheers!
By the way, I am off to the beach tomorrow to try out 4 new planes I haven't even ridden yet. Exciting!