I made one when that site was functional. Mine was "copy" of later vintage GG, edge/chine bottom. Same build format though. Yeah, they paddle like a similar sized plywood paipo would, though you can tune that a fair bit by how much foam you leave in or take out of the deck. Require a solid wave with some push to work; a real pain in the behind in beachbreak windswell. Also, need to take of late and in the pocket so crowds are death. GG used to go to what he called "grade B" spots to avoid them and then moved to AUS in part due to the hordes clogging his local. If you want to ride a kneeboard, go all foam. If you want similar ride but functional in wide range of conditions, go w/ foam "hull" like a mini-Liddle. Must say though, I saw Greenough riding Velo at 3-4X OH Rincon w/ cross offshore winds and he looked like he'd been shot out of a cannon he would come out of turns so fast. I just sat on the beach in the drizzle and watched with my mouth hanging open.
Thanks for the input guys , it looks like Barry Snyder is the only Sways member that has any history of making kneeboards , I was looking at his website and I like what I saw so I think will go down the same path and make a 6ft foam board , the velo is a bit too specialized and not user friendly .
gbzausa, you mentioned you had a bad hip - are you sure it's up to riding a kneeboard?
Riding a kneelo puts more strain on your knees , hips and back than riding on your feet does - to make an analogy, your legs are your "suspension system" while riding on your feet, and riding on your knees effectively cuts your "suspension system" in half. Way less travel available, and therefore a lot more stress required to produce or absorb a similar force in turning/absorbing bumps in what's left of the "suspension system".
Might be an idea to try riding your current surfboard on your knees for a few waves before launching into it? -> lets you get into the same position and get the feeling of the movements a little if you decide to try a few turns; see if the body can handle the stresses and strains.
I’m with L.I.T.
I had a few friends who kneeboarded when we were young and it took a much greater toll on their bodies over the years than those of us who were stand ups.
If you don’t mind longboards then something you’re able to knee paddle might be better for your hips and shoulders.
Here in Hawaii, the stand up paddle board was started because Pops Ah Choy had problems getting from prone to standing because he had bad knees. By standing from the start, he didn't have to worry about that. Having the paddle and a bigger more stable board also helped. Otherwise the surfski, or surfing kayak could be used.