Welcome to HandBrake Surf & Skate - an Australian label that produces high-quality skateboards, longboards, surfboards, clothing, and sneakers. Started by West Aussie artist Hans Bruechle (AKA HandBrake) we have grown into a tight-knit family of people who froth on creativity, sunshine, and spending time creating and doing what we love. HandBrake isn't a huge company. We don't own factories and we don't want to own the world. What we do want is for people to enjoy what we're about and be part of our team. That's it. Our family can never be too big so if you're keen on living life at a different pace then come get on board!
Our HandBrake house artist Hans Bruechle (AKA HandBrake) is gettin' out there with some maaaaaaddd graffiti around Perth. Check out the latest effort in an office block in Subiaco. We bloody love these time-lapse painting videos so it's great to have one of our own. Enjoy!
Heaps of stuff has been happening at HandBrake headquarters over Summer and now we have HEEEEEAAAAAPPPSSSS of new skate designs. Check them all out on the skate deck page and be amazed! Here's some of the latest bunch: Oh we also made a coffee table out of them too. Boom! Facebook friend us HERE and be awesome!
Just a heads-up to say that you can now decide which HandBrake surfboard is perfect for your style of riding with this handy chart: It's so easy! Just pick a design, pick a shape, and pick a length. The shape you choose will be scaled up or down to fit the length so the proportions stay the same and you get what you want. The "Rock" is a fairly standard short board shape which is suitable for most people and conditions. The "Gun" is super skinny for those who prefer Kate Moss to Kim Kardashian. The "Fish" is a nice meaty fish shape with a swallow tail perfect for fat waves and having heaps of fun. The "Slim" is a skinnier version of the "Rock". Happy surfing!
Update time! How do you feel about brand new limited edition longboards with custom grip tape? Pretty good right? Well check these babies out - they are the first 2 vinyl printed longboard completes and they look god damn sexy! We're only going to make a few of these (I'm thinking 3) and each one will have a different grip tape pattern so they are one-offs and super rare. HandBrake stuff is becoming really popular so someday soon these will be collectors items! The gear on them is top notch too - Drifter brand 7 inch trucks with Drifter 75mm wheels and ABEC 5s. (Also that deck on the right with the orange wheels has a convex deck so it bends the opposite way and is super fun to carve into corners!) Check them out HERE on the Skateboard page. Happy skating!
Congrats to everyone involved in the iHart charity art exhibition that was at The Claremont last Friday night. Our very own house artist Hans Bruechle had a bunch of pieces on show and all of them sold out mega quick! The exhibition was super exciting and had everything from hand-painted Crystal Skull vodka bottles, to A2 poster prints, to skate decks, and even a few custom HandBrake surfboards! Check out Hans' stuff: We even got a cheeky mention in COLOSOUL magazine HERE That surfboard with the whale on it will be up as a prize during the upcoming Whalebone Classic so stay tuned! All in all a great night with all proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation so it's art with heart. See what I did there? Yeah I'm good.
What's crackin' y'all? So much has been happening lately at HandBrake towers and all of it is more kickarse than a Swedish beach volleyball team bus breaking down out the front of your house...and they all need a bed to sleep in. For example - the Whalebone Classic is almost upon us - which means world long boarding surfers converging on Cottesloe beach and doing their thing. It also means HandBrake strutting around showing off all our stuff... Like this hand-painted 6'6" HB surfboard that will be up for grabs as a prize at the event: You should all get down to Cott on the 14th and 15th of July to check out all the action and come and say hi to us :) Who knows, you might even win this bad boy ^^^
The Whalebone is upon us everyone! On July 14th and 15th at Cottesloe Beach the 15th Annual Whalebone Classic long boarding event will be taking place and HandBrake surfboards and skateboards will be down there getting amongst it. If you have a bit of time that weekend then head down and say hey to us and maybe even have a look at our products for real. All the new boards will be available to check out and we'll have clothing and free stickers for you too. Just in case you forgot what the amazing new boards look like then here they are:
They're finally here! No I don't mean that pair of sheepskin Crocs I ordered a month ago I mean the NEW HANDBRAKE SURFBOARD DESIGNS. Check them out... Told you they were awesome. Plus they come with free FCS fins so you don't have to worry about shelling out for those at the end of the day. You can check them out at our SURFBOARD PAGE or see them in the flesh at one of our stockists. These new boards are currently on the racks at Funs Back Surf at 120 Marine Pde Cottesloe Perth WA and will be on show during the upcoming Whalebone Classic long boarding competition in a few weeks. More details as it gets closer but the event is really huge and really awesome and is a legit event on the long boarding world circuit. Funs Back also has a couple of our kickarse skateboards (like the retro cruisers with custom grip tape) Get involved and support local everything from boards to boarders and art to artists. Plus there'll be alcohol! And if you want to sign up to our mailing list HERE we can send you out a FREE CAR STICKER so you can share the love and we'll think you're amazing forever :) And FACEBOOK HERE
It's time for something different. Time for a change up. And time for something genuinely cool. Surprisingly I'm not talking about Lara Bingle's sure-to-be-terrible new show - I'm talking about these incredible retro HandBrake skateboards with the designs ON THE TOP OF THE DECK!!! The "Jet Blue" and the "Honey Bee" There are not many people in the world that do the cut grip tape like this. These boards are so rare they're government protected (note: they are not government protected) and they look amazing. They are prime examples of what useable art should be - top quality products with a great look. Art is no longer just for hanging on the walls. These days people want to be able to actually ride on, wear, and take their favourite designs with them when they go outside. Let's make artwork more than just a static thing. Make it move. And take it with you. These new retro HandBrake cruisers are collectors items and if you consider yourself a purveyor of all things quality and stylish then you'd be mad to miss out. Each board is hand-designed, hand painted, and hand cut. That's right, the grip tape did not come in a pattern. It wasn't cut by a machine. It was painstakingly cut by hand and glued into place so that it works. Plus we've gone and put nice big cruiser wheels on them so they roll like a dream and are super stable yet flexible. Be warned - there are more even wilder designs on their way! Stay tuned :) And don't forget to "like" our FACEBOOK PAGE
Hands up if you were born in the 80s. Wow that decade had some killer stuff - shoulder pads, fluoro, Back to the Future, and Warwick Capper's shorts. Winning. The 80s also had some incredible single kick skate decks with cool designs and Hans has been hard at work having a play around with some new deck shapes and he's come up with this beast.... The top is gripped with clear tape and that eye is hand-painted underneath. PLUS those wheels are classic Canadian OJs and are just like riding on jelly! There should be a few more like this appearing in the coming weeks so keep checking back for their arrival. They are so much fun to ride and they're really small so it's a good way to get around :) As usual don't forget to "like" us on the Facebook Page because we don't eat we just subsist on your approval. We're on a diet.
Oh snap! For those of you who missed our launch at The Cott last weekend we've finally uploaded some pics of the new surfboards and all the skate decks Hans has been keeping under wraps for the last few months. By the way you missed out cos we gave so much free stuff away! Including a hand-painted surfboard and a bunch of sunglasses. See?! It looked awesomesauce. Check out the first SURFBOARD designs HERE (there are plenty more coming so stay tuned) Or if you're more of a skater then check out THESE Aaaaaaand as always we're keen for you to show how much you care about us so why not jump onto the Facebook page and give us your precious precious "like"? Thanks :)
Kickarse news everyone! The guys at Odyssey 20/20 sunglasses have jumped on board the HandBrake wagon and have awesomely given us a pile of amazing sunnies to go out to you lucky peeps on the night of our launch! (Saturday May 12th at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel for those of you who have forgotten. Go ahead and write it down. I'll wait right here) If you haven't seen the selection of Odyssey 20/20 sunglasses then here are a few personal faves: Check out the full line of products by Odyssey 20/20 HERE Also, we've had a talk amongst ourselves and have decided to give away heaps of other stuff on the night too. A one-off hand painted 6 foot surfboard (done by Hans of course), a custom skate deck, and a selection of clothing could all be yours - you just have to be there. Remember doors open at 7pm so if you don't wanna feel like a goose when you miss out on the most kickarse pieces available then get there early!
We all know you can't have an exhibition with no music. It'd be like eating ice-cream with no ice magic or drinking non-alcoholic beer - sure you can do it but it's just not the same is it? Which is why we here at HandBrake towers have picked our tune-master for the evening to do his thing on a very different set of decks. Our DJ on Saturday 12th May will be.........BOSTON SWITCH. He's a local Perth lad with some incredible talents for smashing tunes together to create superb mixes and make girls wet themselves. Plus he's a surfer so, you see, everything is tied together. See what we did there? Good isn't it? Check him out on Facebook HERE and then come down and see him live at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel on Sat 12th May - 7pm onwards! Boom!
Well hey there! Long time no speak. What's been going on with you? Wow that's interesting. Sorry it's been so long between drinks on the old blog-doodle but we've been enjoying the amazing surf and $4 tacos that can only be delivered by the one and only Byron Bay. For the last week and a half Hans and Tam have been soaking up the vibes over east man (seriously it's so damn hippie over there! I'm pretty sure their economy is based on dreamcatchers and energy crystals). Byron is the perfect place for those of you who enjoy surfing and skating and all things HandBrake cos that's all anyone over there does! Can't wait until we can show you the very first line of HB surfboards. So of course we hit the surf which is so different to out West - the sets just roll in from way out and you can see them coming from a mile off - but we also spent ages skating everywhere and telling everyone about HandBrake! The gorgeous Tamlin enjoying the most Easterly Point of Australia And we hit up Brisbane on the way home too! But we're back now and it's only 2 WEEKS until the HandBrake launch at The Cott (Saturday 12th May in case you forgot - 7pm onwards). Guess we'll see you there for a beer or 2. If you haven't already don't forget to jump onto the Facebook page and like us and share us around cos I'm pretty sure that will make you better in bed. Seriously. https://www.facebook.com/pages/HandBrake-Boards/131596506959521 Stay awesome!
For TWO WEEKS all HandBrake vinyl print skate decks are 30% OFF. That makes them only $83.30 plus shipping!!! That's less than my phone bill every month and probably heaps less than Kerry Anne spends on botox per week so it's perfect timing to grab a HB deck if you've been umming and ahhhhing about it. Also, if you're searching for trucks, wheels, bearings etc... then look no further! Absolute ball-tearing prices on Drifter, LOC, and Folklore brand gear on the PRODUCTS page.
This just in: HandBrake skateboards, decks, and clothing can now be found in the flesh at "Kite Surf SUP" on Scarborough Beach rd in Scarborough. Thanks to our mate Phil at KSS you can now see the entire range of HB short boards and a selection of hand-painted longboards ready to ride out the door and up the coast. It's good gear too! Trucks are LOC and the wheels are Folklore for the short boards and Drifter for the longies. Go and have a peek :)
Yes HandBrake is not just awesome skateboards and clothing. You can now get original HandBrake artwork to hand on your wall / burn to keep you warm at night! Check out the "Art" page every now and then cos new pieces will be added as Hans finishes them. They range from canvases to huge spray paint boards so there's something for all tastes. Hand painted sneakers are gonna go up soon too so stay tuned :)