Handboard Tips

Bodysurfing with a POD Handboard

Place your hand in the natural swimming position and strap it on firmly, pointing your fingers towards the POD logo while keeping your thumb on the outside (see top middle photo).

If you are left-handed, change wrist cord to the left side.

When duck diving under the wave make sure you hold the POD handboard with both hands with the handboard in front or under you (see photo, top right).

Use the same principle when swimming out to the break with a surfboard and/or a bodyboard. Swim with your top half of your body up out of the water, using the side of the POD handboard to cut the water’s surface, and then stroke the handboard towards your chest - not to your side as this will unbalance your swimming stroke.

When catching a wave, skim the handboard across the wave and lift your body out of the water as fast as you can.

The principle to remember is: LIFT = SPEED = CONTROL! The quicker you lift your body up out of the water the less drag you will feel and the faster you will bodysurf across the wave. This can be achieved by pressing down on the handboard in a push up action and then moving your other hand behind your back for balance. (See steps1-3 in bottom three photos).

Bodysurfing with a POD Handboard steps 1-6