Handplanes and Big Waves at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

by Owen James Burke


“…once I figured out how to use a handplane in big waves, it was all over for me.”

Author, public speaker and Scuttlefish contributor Mark Lukach is well known for his big-wave surfing within San Francisco’s Ocean Beach community, but the Delaware native has a newfound joy in something old: bodysurfing. He’s ditching his surfboard for a small plank of wood the size of his forearm.


“It felt like I was falling and flying at the same time. Wave was my wings. Best bodysurf wave of my life, no question about it.”

-Mark Lukach

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