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hardcore riders of big 10'+ boards, we're part of the Officers' Club surfing
community down here in Brevard County, Florida, a group of die-hard classic
longboarders. I started surfing at age 11 in 1966, and though I never owned
one in the old days, always liked "bellyboards," and what also became known
as "paipos." I asked a local shaper, George Robinson, if he could
shape two paipos, one for me and one for my wife. He'd made some
paipos years earlier and knew how to do it right. We finally got 'em...
both 4'6", wide swallow tails, twin fins. I love my little paipo.
I surf with my buddies on conventional classic heavy Tyler and Anderson
longboards, but sometimes I like to slink away to other beaches and ride
paipo, either alone, or with my wife. It's a really nice alternative
to mainstream riding.
My 5' balsa Greenough-inspired paipo (the "Hurricane Fighter Plane") can function as a kneeboard, but, holy smoke!, what a great paipo it is!
Now what the world needs is a really good paipo film on DVD... one that goes to the heart of the art... Polynesian roots, total history, paipo riding today... everything. Is something like this in the works?
Read Chris's excellent article at WeAreH2O on his paipo experience.
Chris with his Hurricane Fighter Plane.
Chris is also known as Tumak on the Paipo Forums and Logjammer on the 2nd Light Forums.
|The Hurricane Fighter Plane
Pics by Eric Carson.
|It's a pretty cool little board!|
|60" x 17.625" x 21" x 18"
1 x 6 oz. bottom 3 x 6 oz. deck
The "Hurricane Fighter" is a Greenough style Ecuadorian balsa board shaped by George Robinson, Mar Bravo Surfboards, a local board maker who's been making boards for 33 years. I think he knows how to make a really good paipo.
"The Blue Fish Paipo "
Chris Also Rode the Log (aka Logjammer)
Chris (aka Tumak, Logjammer, Hang Zero) Harazda
December 16, 2007
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