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Some Paipo and Alaia at the Biennial
Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction
July 17-18, 2009

Photos by Neal Miyake unless otherwise noted

NeoSponge notes, "Boards are less paipo and more alaia."


From Program Notes (Barry Markowitz took many of the photos shown below):

Board #1 (#97): Pacific Systems Homes "Steam-nose" Redwood/Pine 5'0". Thin, early small surfboard, made for Waikiki. Called "Steam-nose" because of the process used to get the nose bend in this all wood surfboard. The nose was saw cut 18" from the nose and a piece glued in and steam heated to get the nose rocker. Redwood center, pine outboard rails with original shellac finish. Some wear and tear and slight fading of logo.



Board #2 (#98): Balsa, Pine, Redwood Laminated Wood Board 4'11" 1930's. Another beautiful example of the multiple laminated boards that emerged after the mid-30's with the advent of water-proof glue. Featuring the water transfer  "Aloha" Hawaii State Seal and redwood-pine "T-band" center, balsa body and redwood-pine rails. In all original, un-restored condition.




Board #3 (#99): General Veneer Hollow Wood  5'0" 1940's. This is one of the very popular early wood boards, that were the equivalent of the modern boogie board. Built using a hollow construction tecnique, they were very popular for body boarding because of their light weight and built in handles. Made of mahagony plywood and varnished, this particular board features the "Aloha" state seal of Hawaii water-slide decal. All orignial condition.




More Paipo/Alaia


From Program Notes (Barry Markowitz took many of the photos shown below):

Board #1 (#96): Waikiki Spruce Rental Board 5'4" 1930's. During the 30's, small rental boards were available for the tourists, and this is a prime example of what was used to lay down and ride the gentle waves of Waikiki. Made of spruce with the distinctive cut away tail, it featured "Waikiki Beach" on the bottom. It is speculated this board was then taken to the mainland, where it was painted with the Los Angeles High School "Romans" stencil and purportedly owned by Bill Schloen.


Board #2 (#95): Redwood & Pine "Steam Nose" Solid Wood 4'9" 1930's. This original, multiple lay up redwood and pine small plank has an innovative "steamed nose." The plank was glued up flat, then the curved nose was created by appling high temperature steam to create a curve or kick in the nose. The rocker that was then created, helped to keep the board from "pearling" or digging in. Has the cut away tail shape which indicated it was used for riding laying down. A great example of an all original, period piece small board.




Board #3 (#94): Multiple Laminated Redwood, Balsa, Pine Solid Wood Board 5'3" Circa 1920's/early 1930's. This is a very interesting small wood board in that it is believed to have been made in either the late 20's or the early 30's, as they had to use dowels to join it together. Beautiful contrasting wood strips with total of eleven different glue-ups. Slight upwards curve on the rails and the semi-cut away tail design for riding on the belly.




Board #4 (#91): Army Air Corps Redwood/Pine Board 5'10" Circa 1940's. Very interesting early wood board, with great graphics from the 40's and well constructed design. Featuring inlaid cross sections for strength. It is believed this was made as a belly board during the war years and has maintained it's condition after all this time.




MyPaipoBoards Editor's Note: Since these boards are more ancient than contemporary they probably should be classified as bodyboarding alaia-style boards, maybe even kioe. For now, I simply classify them as being part of the paipo board family. Note the board on the top picture with hand slots - these could be carry grips but were more likely used for holding onto the board while riding (board is relatively narrow and thin for a carry grip). Also note that these board are very similar to the modern, alaia paipo/bodyboard reproductions shown here.

Mixed and Match Collection of 60s Era Paipos (far left), a Paipo/Kneeboard Spoon,
a 50s/60s Era Paipo Design, and an Alaia Paipo


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