I have a tremendous amount of respect for surfers. I have tried many times to learn to stand on a board, and in the meantime spent hours paddling without moving, getting hit by my board, pummeled by waves, dragged by tides, and chickening out when I finally did get close.
I haven’t given up on surfing entirely but I have added to my collection of beach toys, and quiver of sticks. A handplane is a mini board that anyone can ride. Basically, it’s a better way to bodysurf. Even when conditions are far from perfect for surfers, handplanes still shred.