The 7 Best Bodysurfing Handboards

Updated January 05, 2017 by Steven John

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. A handboard may well be the best bodysurfing accessory you're not yet using. These clever, compact items give you added buoyancy and control, maximizing the enjoyment you can experience even when the waves are on the smaller side. And if you choose one with an optional camera mount, you can share your aquatic adventures with the world. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best bodysurfing handboard on Amazon.

7. Coastal Roots Hand Planes "Originator"

With a Coastal Roots Hand Planes "Originator" strapped to your palm, you'll be ready to rise above the surf or carve your way down along a tube. Its wide, flat design offers excellent control whether you are turning this way and that or enjoying a long, straight ride.
  • high-visibility lime green color
  • sleek surface sheds water
  • thin strap can be uncomfortable
Brand Coastal Roots Hand Plan
Model pending
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Slyde Handboards Hawaiian Bula

The Slyde Handboards Hawaiian Bula is a great choice for the videographer trying to record a surfing, swimming, or SUP event. It is compact enough to allow easy control of a mounted camera, yet still offers that extra flotation and control anyone will appreciate.
  • rugged carbon fiber body
  • optional leash attachment
  • expensive but well-made
Brand Slyde Handboards
Model pending
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Hydro Bodysurfing Handboard

The Hydro Bodysurfing Handboard was designed using a computer algorithm that calculated the most hydrodynamic design possible. Its slightly concave bottom and carved channels allow for greater speed and control as you ride those waves.
  • wrist leash included
  • used by gripping instead of strap
  • abrasive plastic surface
Brand Hydro
Model pending
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Sole Handplanes Moon Tail

The Sole Handplanes Moon Tail is expensive, but well-made, likely to last for a lifetime of use if you take proper care of it. The board is made with a resilient foam core sandwiched between two layers of high-pressure laminate. It is quite thin, yet quite buoyant.
  • padded hand strap
  • free sticker pack with order
  • strap attachment points create drag
Brand SoleHandplanes
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Victoria Handplanes Wood Base

The slim and lightweight Victoria Handplanes Wood Base boards help you skim across the surface of the water or carve through waves. The minimalist design of these boards will appeal to bodysurfers old and young, as will their one-size-fits-all design.
  • top section can be coated in decals
  • several tail shapes available
  • less hydrophobic than synthetic unit
Brand Victoria
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Salt Creek Palmboards "The Classic"

This Salt Creek Palmboards "The Classic" is much smaller than many handboards, which allows for a more authentic bodysurfing experience, albeit one augmented with extra flotation and control. Using two Classics will allow you to ride smaller waves with much greater ease.
  • two sizes of hand strap per order
  • built using recycled plastic
  • made in california
Brand Salt Creek Palmboards
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Envy Wedge by Slyde Handboards

The Envy Wedge by Slyde Handboards is made from the same materials as a top-quality surfboard. It is fabricated primarily using a urethane foam that creates maximum buoyancy yet weighs little. The front of the board features a mounting plug designed for a GoPro camera.
  • durable fiberglass shell
  • weighs less than 2 pounds
  • fun for users of all ages
Brand Slyde Handboards
Model WedgeEnvy
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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Last updated on January 05, 2017 by Steven John

When not writing or spending time with his family, Steven tries to squeeze in some mountain climbing. In addition to writing for several websites and journals, Steven has published multiple novels.

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