Gnarly beach break barrels from a first person perspective! Captured in slow-motion, you get a front row seat in the green room.
Introducing the Taylor’s Mistake Handski, the ultimate hand plane for body surfing. Enjoyed by many for the speed and maximum amount of barrel time it brings, this classic design has recently been revived and updated so a new generation can enjoy the epic drops and turns it makes possible.
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The story behind the resurrection of the Taylor’s Mistake Handski…
This classic body surfing tool was first produced in the 1970’s by Steve Mander. Named after the infamous bay in New Zealand, where two different captain Taylor’s both ran aground, the instantly recognisable, groundbreaking Handski design soon set the benchmark in the realm of modern day body surfing.
Although the iconic surf tool enjoyed years of initial success and quickly developed a dedicated following, the Handski became harder to find until eventually production ceased all together. This scarcity brought a near legendary status to the TMH brand and the remaining Handskis in circulation were highly cherished.
To this day, there are still body surfers riding their original 1970s Handskis; a worthy testimony to Mander’s super strong, durable design, and a clear indicator that since its original introduction, nothing else has arrived on the market which has come close to its one-of-a-kind form.
Then, 20 years after the last Handski had been made, whilst sailing across the archipelago of Indonesian islands in a handcrafted outrigger canoe, Hans Sluiman, a lifelong explorer and lover of the sea, discovered an original Taylor’s Mistake Handski in Bali and tried it out on the famous waves there.
Like many others before, Hans was hooked by the simple, effective form and the speed and maneuverability which he experienced whilst body surfing with the Handski. Shocked to discover it was no longer in production, he made the bold decision there and then to revive production so future generations cold enjoy this legacy too.
After almost two years of extensive materials research and development, the Taylor’s Mistake Handski is now back, stronger and more environmentally friendly than ever. To honour the dedicated followers of the original design, other than a small increase in rail sharpness, buoyancy, and rocker, little else has been changed.
It still uses a light weight construction with an easy release hand grip to keep you safe in the wash, and being supplied with a wrist leash, you can also be sure it will stay with you when the bigger sets come through. Available in classic TMH yellow, it’s an unmistakable addition to the line up.
Already news is spreading of the revival and more and more people are enjoying the Handski again. Due to its modern, timeless profile, many can’t believe its historic origins, but are proud to own a piece of body surfing history which marked the arrival of hand planing and hand boarding using modern day materials and design.
The vision for the future of TMH is to explore the boundaries of body surfing; perhaps making bigger waves and deeper barrels, but whilst still maintaining a core focus on bringing the simple pleasures, which riding waves with just a Handski and swim fins brings, to a wider audience of all ages and abilities.
If you love the sea, waves and most of all getting consistently barrelled in just about all conditions, using a hand plane you can treasure, which will likely be with you all your life, you will love owning a Taylor’s Mistake Handski.
To find out more or take this new opportunity to own your own Handski visit https://www.TaylorsMistakeHandski.com