I still remember the first time I saw a handboard. My buddy Spencer posted a photo with one of his boards and I was instantly intrigued. How had I grown up in a little surf-town (Ventura,Ca.) and never seen one of these before? Living the life of a broke college student, I decided to go about making one, well, what I thought would be just one...
The First Board
A fish tail, made from plywood.
I liked the process so much, I knew I was on to something here.
This original fish tail turned into a bit of a senior project. It wasn't required for school, but I wanted to accomplish something significant for personal reasons. Call it chance or call it dumb luck, but I ended up joining Cal State Long Beach SAE Club (600cc Go-Carts). Here I met Griffin.. At this point I knew nothing about 3D anything, but Griffin did and he had a printer! Griffin had grown up in Oxnard Shores, a great surf spot in the town next to mine and we hit it off right away. I remember going over to his place every weekend to develop 3d board design concepts.
Griffin and I had our design down, and now I needed a shop. I ended up cleaning out my Dad's garage, (okay, okay, I pushed things around), but it was perfect. This is when I teamed up with my long time friend Brendan. Brendan is a professional photographer with a marketing degree, how lucky for me! Brendan helped lay the foundation for Hush's online presence.
Remember when I thought I was only going to make one board? Curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to keep trying new designs and materials. The bottom half of the GR-1 was foam, top half wood or cork. The foam was such a pain to figure out how to paint, this design was short lived but fun while it lasted. The twin fin design was sick and it performed well. To this day, people are still into them. Also, shoutout to my mom for the new and improved strap design.
The GR-1 was amazing, but the manufacturing process left little room for improvement. The whole Hush Handboards experience led me to realize that I loved the research and development process, so how could I expand on that?
Call it chance or call it dumb luck yet again, but I started hanging out with my high school buddy Cory, who also went to Long Beach State. He designs missile launch systems for the Navy Air Division and could make the board designs in my mind a reality. Griffin was still helping print the prototypes, but with Cory's help, it was time for Hush to get a 3D printer.
Week after week, tweak after tweak, the 3d printed boards kept getting stronger, lighter, and faster. The boards available to you on this site are the result of years of trial, error, growth, and experience. These boards are the pinnacle of performance, quality, and price that any bodysurfer can get behind.
I hope that one day a board of mine is the first handboard some kid see's and is inspired to make something better... Getting caught up in the journey, meeting new people from all over the world, strengthening friend-ships, and learning about yourself along the way is what it's all about. I would love to pass on a legacy of creativity, sustainability, and stoke to the next generation. It all starts with the support from all of you.