Ahoy, I just got back from my camping trip. I'm new to this forum and I'm having trouble finding recent posts. Before I left town I mentioned having a palooza for custom and vintage bellyboards, paipos and rafts. I've mentioned to Rod Rogers in the past that I'd like to have a sort of a club for prone riders. Not something that required dues, but something that involved getting together and sharing boards. Membership in the club would involve having at least one board that your'e willing to share, and having the board featured in a web site (your personal contact info could be as private as you want it.) My working title for the club was the League of Lamaroos. Well anyway this long-threatened project of mine has resurfaced recently because of some web space becoming available to me in the near future (unless somebody else really wants to do it.) But during my recent road trip I had a sort of epiphany...the membership in the club should be for the boards and not people. Many of the boards already have names. Right? The managers and owners of the boards can change, but the boards are what's really imortant to the inquiring minds. My first step in that direction is to change my profile from larryob to lamaroo on this forum. In the near future I'll start a new thread on the League of Lamaroos here on Swaylock's. In the meantime (if you're interested in this) you might take some measurements and photos of your board(s) that you'd like to submit for inclusion in the League of Lamaroos. All free of course. So what do you think? Me? I started surfing in the late sixties transitional era. I know I'm not the only incurable tinkerer. If you want to be certain that a message gets to me, then you can e-mail me directly at eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%6f%62%67%65%74%74%79%40%79%61%68%6f%6f%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%6f%62%67%65%74%74%79%40%79%61%68%6f%6f%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) Cheers, Larry OB lamaroo http://members.cox.net/seacaver/butterfly.htm
You can type in Paipo or Bellyboard or Paipo Bellyboard in the search swaylocks window and I think all the threads/posts will come up! Off to County Line or Leo Carrillo with the Paipo today Cheers Birdie
Welcome back, Larry! My first transitional board, was in the late 60's, I was about 10 years old, and it was this 7'4" Rick diamond tail, with 3 redwood stringers. Oh yeah. My fingers got maybe 1/2 way across the rail when carrying it - under arm. *How* I got down to the beach and back with it (I lived on 5th street in Manhattan Beach - just above Highland - few blocks uphill from the beach), was worthy of a short film. Great idea to focus n the boards and mats and things. I don't have a digital camera right now, but will let you know when I do. One of the biggest design challenges is simply finding different boards to try out to get ideas from and also, to learn what you may want to stay away from. There are so many different factors involved in getting it right...and everyone is different, as are different breaks. I'm in. Cheers Birdie
O.k. I`ll chomp the bait. I`ve heard it all from the air matters. They rave and foam at the mouth like a pack of stoked suicide bombers. Scary people. Now I ask you guys: why do the paipo thing? Can`t stand up because of a medical condition? Evolved from the Boogie (larvae board)? Just wannabe different? Trying to get in touch with your Hawaiian roots? Serious higher performance? More than a rubber serving tray? Hit us with the shocking inner truths. Please elucidate.
It makes little waves seem big. Tubes are more accessable. "Spots" that aren't really spots become ridable.
so does a good hit of acid. micro vision and lasts longer too. surfing free in an altered state of mind.
because Fred would go.....out...because nobody else was out besides stan ross.... and magoo,,,,,,,,,,,.ambrose
I took the bodyboard in yesterday - walling up mostly closing out beach nearly shorepound with a few small sections and shoulders when you could find them. Bodyboars have their place as do the paipo's. The paipo stayed on the beach yesterday. All my boards are suited for different conditions. Slammin' shorepound and a paipo is not a good idea. Now, give me a good clean big winter swell, with outside sets, and it's paipo time. Bodyboards are OK in those conditions, but, I'd spend a ton more energy and time trying to paddle out - as with a BB, you can't really duck dive - you get dragged back with the wave.....with a paipo, you can slice right down into/under and through the incoming wave...oh how I LOVE that about them....and in big surf....you can FLY. Birdie
Bellyboards are foam/glass and offer flotation and you can paddle on them. They also have fins to keep you from spinning/sliding out. You can paddle out and into waves with them. Same with Bodyboards. Paipo's are thin plywood or thin resin/glass with no foam - and very little flotation. You cannot paddle on them. You *swim* out with them....pushing them ahead of you...with either one or two hands on the back tail or rails. Your whole body is in the water. To catch a wave you have to wait until it is basically starting to or just about to break and you have to swim/push the board into the wave and then, pull it under you as you feel the wave start to pitch or you are in it. If you have the paipo's tail tilted down too much and not as flat as possible with the surface, the wave will push against it, and can prevent you from getting into the wave. So, positioning is different as is the handling. Mats are different even still......
Ahoy, some mornings a bellyboarder can have the swim zone almost to himself, and right next door forty people are jockeying for position in the surf zone. Initially I got into riding bellyboards back in the early nineties, because I wanted to ride at night. Like from 2 to 4 AM. I had a funky work schedule. -Lamaroo http://members.cox.net/seacaver/butterfly.htm