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John Galera
Oahu, Hawaii

John has been shaping and surfing finless paipos for 30+ years. In the pictures below he is shown riding his finless paipo at Jocko's on Oahu's North Shore, December 2003.  The picture to the right is a cutaway of the one below.

My boards are made of special foam that FIberglass Hawaii makes. They are blank sheets of surfboard grade foam, 2' x 8' x 1/2".  I cut them down to 56" x 21", place a double layer on the bottom to create the channel on the bottom 9" wide, 1/2" deep. No need for a skeg. I than place them in a press with a single layer of 10oz fiberglass to hold the shape, than I glass 2-10oz on bottom and 1 more 10 oz on top (UV activated Resin). It's a bit heavy duty, but I've never broken one in waves from 4-25 feet (Hawaiian). I glass in a handle and always keep my inboard hand on the handle to guide it. The pads are regular bodyboard material used to cushion the impact of late takeoffs on your elbows and pelvic bones. I always wear a Gath visored helmet after 2 serious concussions. Body Gloves paddling gloves, Xecel wetsuits and Duckfeet fins round out this year's fashion accessories. Maybe someone can tell me how to insert pictures!


Jocko's - December 24, 2003
In the water photo by Jamie Ballenger.
Jocko's - December 24, 2003
In the water photo by Jamie Ballenger.
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