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Surfing, at the highest levels, looks awfully complex. Phenomenally athletic surfers on exotic foam surfboards, performing feats of water gymnastics, whether spinning through the air, or navigating big, scary tube sections. But for the rest of us, it’s quite simple. A wave and a board (or a body) to ride it with. That’s it. Bodysurfing is as basic at it gets, a practice made a little easier with a small handplane to help get the surfer up and out of the water. Handplanes are just tiny surfboards, buildable by hand for pretty much anyone. They can be made from a single piece of wood cut with a handsaw, or by gluing multiple planks together for aesthetics. This short film shows the meditative joy that can go into selecting the right cuts of wood and producing a functional piece of art.

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