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by nomastomas
Mon May 26, 2014 2:11 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: T-Belly Generation 2
Replies: 128
Views: 36022

Re: T-Belly Generation 2

On his website, Austin advertises that his standard "Paipo" is 4'2" (50") x 20-1/2" x 2-1/2" which Aku determines to be 28 Liters of volume. The G2 is substantially smaller at 3'7" (43") 22-1/2" x 2-3/8" 21 Liters . At 7 Liters less volume, I'm not sure how the G2 would be more difficult to duck div...
by nomastomas
Sun May 25, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: T-Belly Generation 2
Replies: 128
Views: 36022

Re: T-Belly Generation 2

Poobah - the concave bottom at the tail is designed to aid the release of water through the tail. Lindsay Lord found that with planing hulls (not displacement hulls) there is a high-pressure area on the bottom, in the back third of the tail while the hull is on plane. Bob Simmons applied this inform...
by nomastomas
Sat May 24, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: T-Belly Generation 2
Replies: 128
Views: 36022

Re: T-Belly Generation 2

Bob - I think all surfcraft need to spend time in the upper third of the wave-face, not just prone craft. This is where the most power is located, power translates into speed, and speed is required to execute most surfcraft maneuvers. (The mistake that I see some surfers make is that they stay at th...
by nomastomas
Fri May 23, 2014 11:40 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: T-Belly Generation 2
Replies: 128
Views: 36022

Re: T-Belly Generation 2

RIDE REPORT: For its maiden voyage, I took the TBG2 to a local right-point break. This particular wave is known for its long, head-high freight-train rights when the NW Winter ground-swells roll down the California coast. In the spring, Pitas catches the local NW wind-swells, which while lacking the...
by nomastomas
Fri May 23, 2014 12:41 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: T-Belly Generation 2
Replies: 128
Views: 36022

Re: T-Belly Generation 2

No, actually I hate to arm paddle on a body board. Feels too awkward to me. And I really don't like the feel of "corky" boards either; not in body boards or surfboards. But that's just my personal preference. I couldn't help but notice that the rear 2/3 of the G2 is under water when I'm paddling, ye...
by nomastomas
Thu May 22, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: T-Belly Generation 2
Replies: 128
Views: 36022

Re: T-Belly Generation 2

I'll try to keep this brief... 1. Expanded Poly Styrene (EPS) is what many people call "styrofoam" or "beer cooler" foam. The density of EPS is graded by the weight of 1 cubic foot of foam. In other words, 1'x1'x1' block of 1lb eps foam will weigh 1 lb. EPS has a different cell structure from polyur...
by nomastomas
Wed May 21, 2014 11:14 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: T-Belly Generation 2
Replies: 128
Views: 36022

Re: T-Belly Generation 2

Actually, Bob, every belly board I have built has been an experiment. This time it was more "premeditated" :D Dims: 43"L 18-1/2" x 22-1/4"@16-3/4" up from tail x 22" Thickness 2-1/8"/2-1/4" (centerline/rail) Tailblock is 18" and nose is about 8". Nr=2-3/8" TR=7/8" I used 2lb density EPS foam. Glass ...
by nomastomas
Wed May 21, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: T-Belly Generation 2
Replies: 128
Views: 36022

Re: T-Belly Generation 2

More photos...
by nomastomas
Wed May 21, 2014 12:58 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: T-Belly Generation 2
Replies: 128
Views: 36022

T-Belly Generation 2

My name is Thomas Patrick (aka NomasTomas) and I'm a surfcraft builder by trade. While the majority of the surfcraft I build are longboards and "alternative" mid-length shapes, I continuue to be intrigued by belly boards and the challenges they present to designer/shaper/rider. I build no more than ...
by nomastomas
Tue May 07, 2013 3:10 am
Forum: For Sale, Wanted or Trade
Topic: 51" Thomas Patrick T-Belly for Sale **SOLD!**
Replies: 4
Views: 2312

51" Thomas Patrick T-Belly for Sale **SOLD!**

This is the orginal T-Belly I built about 3yrs ago. The owner has moved to Florida and asked me to sell it for him. The board is in excellent condition, with no dings, dents. cracks, etc. The owner had San Diego artist Bryan Helfan (http://www.bryanhelfand.com/) add the kelpy artwork on the bottom. ...
by nomastomas
Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: My New Wood Paipo Board
Replies: 3
Views: 1454

Re: My New Wood Paipo Board

Nice job, JB!! What kind of wood and what did you use to finish it? How much does it weigh? Did you do just an up-rail shape in the nose and down-rail in the tail, or is the nose rail more 50/50? How well does the board turn given its flatness? I found a source for 2"x24"x86" polyurethane sheet foam...
by nomastomas
Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Another "Blast from the past..."
Replies: 19
Views: 5059

Re: Another "Blast from the past..."

bg...Sorry, I don't have his email and don't know if he has access to email. I don't know how to contact him. I think he lives in Oxnard or Ventura, CA.
by nomastomas
Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Another "Blast from the past..."
Replies: 19
Views: 5059

Re: Another "Blast from the past..."

Not sure...one of those questions I forgot to ask. Danny is in his 70s and has a pretty solid shaper/surfer pedigree. Google "Danny Tarampi" and see what you come up with.
by nomastomas
Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:28 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Another "Blast from the past..."
Replies: 19
Views: 5059

Re: Another "Blast from the past..."

Thanks. I saw it as a rare opportunity and didn't want to leave any stone un-turned. Danny, the shaper/glasser was so gracious and patiently answered all of our questions. (Later he wrote Ray, thanking him for the opportunity to see the Hobie Paipo). I was taking notes and shooting photos like crazy...
by nomastomas
Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Another "Blast from the past..."
Replies: 19
Views: 5059

Re: Another "Blast from the past..."

Great find! You can "see" the longboard blank in the shape of both of these.
by nomastomas
Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Balsa Twin Fin
Replies: 34
Views: 12879

Re: Balsa Twin Fin

Where did you get your balsa? Anyone know of a good source for balsa lumber in the Ventura area?
by nomastomas
Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:13 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Another "Blast from the past..."
Replies: 19
Views: 5059

Another "Blast from the past..."

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Last month (Aug, 2012) a guy brought this board into the shop. It's a Hobie "paipo" circa 1969. I was lucky enough to discuss this board with its shaper that very same day! For more pix and the full story go here:
http://tp4surf.blogspot.com/2012/09/hobie-paipo.html
by nomastomas
Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:45 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Balsa Twin Fin
Replies: 34
Views: 12879

Re: Balsa Twin Fin

Very nice, UG. I've been wanting to do a balsa build, maybe even chamber it. Just haven't made the time, but your build has re-kindled the flame. How much does the board weigh?