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by GeoffreyLevens
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Swim Fins, Skegs & Other Paipo Gear
Topic: Do swim fins generate drag significantly ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2370

Re: Do swim fins generate drag significantly ?

Quick note on Viper fins fit. When I lived in Sonoma County in NorCal it was cold water all the time. I just bought up a size from that suggested by my shoe size and wore 5 mil booties in them. Perfect comfort and all the rest of the Viper benefits.
by GeoffreyLevens
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: How to add plywood skegs to a finless plywood board ?
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: How to add plywood skegs to a finless plywood board ?

Gorilla Glue is sturdy stuff but you MUST clamp very well because it expands a lot as it reacts. And it goes off fast so be ready for that.
by GeoffreyLevens
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: fin box in paulownia 18mm? and other ideas, alloy fins
Replies: 9
Views: 919

Re: longboard fin box in paulownia 18mm?

Can't seem to post the drawings but these will take you to them. Just found buried in my computer. Dale emailed me these at the time, years ago, summer of 2005 http://s898.photobucket.com/user/GeoffreyLevens/media/GG%20adjustable%20fin%20build/fin%20box%202_zpsypmjyfyl.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1 http://s89...
by GeoffreyLevens
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: fin box in paulownia 18mm? and other ideas, alloy fins
Replies: 9
Views: 919

Re: longboard fin box in paulownia 18mm?

Unfortunately, board is long gone and I did not save photos of how I built the fin. But Dale Solomonson explained to me over the phone how to do this. Not sure if this will work with wood board but it was great on fiberglass flexspoon. You will need to build your own fin or at least add thick faring...
by GeoffreyLevens
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Swim Fins, Skegs & Other Paipo Gear
Topic: Fins
Replies: 16
Views: 3114

Re: Fins

I scored a pair of perfect condition Force Fins in a 2nd hand store in Tucson of all places. Perfect fit. Price was $2. I was looking over my shoulder to see if I'd be accused of stealing them! I liked them a lot for most comfortable of any I've ever worn. Thrust was good but both standard old schoo...
by GeoffreyLevens
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain
Replies: 23
Views: 3866

Re: A couple of waves in Galicia, Spain

Nice! Plenty there for a good time. And then of course, you get to warm up with "2nd breakfast".
by GeoffreyLevens
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex
Replies: 48
Views: 3597

Re: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex

As mentioned above, duck diving a mat is a bugger. BUT they have easily variable inflation. Paddle out very soft or empty (swim it out) if necessary, and get under white water no problem. Then a few puffs and ready to ride.
by GeoffreyLevens
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex
Replies: 48
Views: 3597

Re: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex

A surfmat might be fun in these conditions, but if you don't like side slipping, forget it In my experience, 1-2 foot mushy wind waves to 6+ ft steep but not barrels, to 4-5 foot tubes, with practice and proper inflation for the waves, side slipping is almost completely optional on a modern surfmat...
by GeoffreyLevens
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex
Replies: 48
Views: 3597

Re: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex

"I did try an HPD paipo..." Never an HPD but made same outline out of plywood once. Seemed to me that the board required huge body position shifts so that my hip was always almost right on top of one rail or the other and hand on airborne rail used to drive the weighted rail into the wave face. That...
by GeoffreyLevens
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex
Replies: 48
Views: 3597

Re: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex

Or for more fun, type it in your language and translate to another and back but then copy the translation and paste to translate back and forth another time or two. Won't take many goes to end up with complete word salad.
by GeoffreyLevens
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex
Replies: 48
Views: 3597

Re: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex

bgreen wrote:It's often helpful to translate something and then translate it back into the original language and see if it makes sense.
If not helpful, at least hilarious! Trying that when I was in Ecuador was how I found out just how much trouble I was in...
by GeoffreyLevens
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex
Replies: 48
Views: 3597

Re: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex

perfect, that's what I wanted to say, I feel the confusion, I do not know how to solve my writings in English, I'm really sorry No apology necessary. I have felt the confusion and chaos of trying to communicate in someone else's language. Some people can just pick up other languages with ease. Not ...
by GeoffreyLevens
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex
Replies: 48
Views: 3597

Re: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex

I spent a bunch of time in Ecuador. Though I knew a little Spanish and was studying it, I had to use google translate a couple times for critical banking issues and it would have been hilarious if there hadn't been so much of my life's savings on the line! Total slap stick comedy with officious, Kaf...
by GeoffreyLevens
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex
Replies: 48
Views: 3597

Re: paulownia + polyester+ fiberglass: rocker and flex

Bob, I think he meant that it needed glass because he cut it out so that the grain runs across the width of the board to increase flex; but that weakens it considerably so--glass. I really like the look of the flex in the video/FB link. Nice and springy. Asier esnal, thin wood board like that one, t...
by GeoffreyLevens
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: 44.25 paipo
Replies: 30
Views: 2520

Re: 44.25 paipo

A little convex/roundness, under nose can also go a long ways towards smoothing chop. I too thought rails looked a bit thick. OK for very small, weak waves but would indeed tend to slide out in any juice or steep
by GeoffreyLevens
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: New (to me) stuff on Tom Wegener's site
Replies: 9
Views: 2327

New (to me) stuff on Tom Wegener's site

Just went to Tom's site to check what he does on length for prone alaia. Found this on a "new" model pretty interesting
https://www.tomwegenersurfboards.com/mo ... ie-board-0

Plus updated info and new models on his other prone craft
https://www.tomwegenersurfboards.com/mo ... ellyboards
by GeoffreyLevens
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Greetings from the Island thats not an Island.
Replies: 18
Views: 5346

Re: Greetings from the Island thats not an Island.

zensuni wrote:But yet,6', isn't it a bit too long ?
He's not tall but at 205 lbs has plenty leverage!
by GeoffreyLevens
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Swim Fins, Skegs & Other Paipo Gear
Topic: orca fins? other symmetrical fins
Replies: 44
Views: 4320

Re: orca fins? other symmetrical fins

rodndtube wrote:About ten years ago, Hydro had 3 models: Hydro Finz Originals, Hydro Techs and Hydro Tech 2.
Pretty sure it was Hydro Techs I had. Nice to know they have a useful model out.
by GeoffreyLevens
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Swim Fins, Skegs & Other Paipo Gear
Topic: orca fins? other symmetrical fins
Replies: 44
Views: 4320

Re: orca fins? other symmetrical fins

My two cents on Hydro Tech 2, great material, probably could go barefoot in warm waters, very soft and supple, and a wide and tall foot pocket. They must have done some serious re-tooling and sourced different materials. I had a pair about 10 or 12 years ago (guess they could have been Hydro Tech 1...
by GeoffreyLevens
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Everybody wants to
Replies: 42
Views: 4244

Re: Everybody wants to

Nels is on the case:

A Board-Building Contest You Should Check Out - Surfer Magazine
https://apple.news/AOvzN-sbPTZKyOxGbDJd-6g