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by nomastomas
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: The Misfit
Replies: 8
Views: 817

The Misfit

This one is a 'tweener, falling somewhere between a proneboard and a kneeboard. Dimensions are 5'6" x 23" x 2" 38L. The fin array is set for a knee rider, which is how I intend to use it. Kneelo guys like to have the fins located where their ankles fall (or vice versa) At least that what I've been t...
by nomastomas
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Soloshot 3 testing.
Replies: 3
Views: 477

Re: Soloshot 3 testing.

I know that shape!! Good stuff, Keith. I'll have to check out the Solo Shot
by nomastomas
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBXL
Replies: 18
Views: 2923

Re: TBXL

The one thing I found from bodyboarding over the years is the the bigger the wave the smaller the board I prefer. I haven't had the time to devote to the XL design and testing, but I think Keith is on to something here. Going smaller as wave size increases reduces planing area, which in turn reduce...
by nomastomas
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Finless T-Belly
Replies: 55
Views: 8324

Re: Finless T-Belly

Yeah, I know...I should get some red fins :lol:
by nomastomas
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Finless T-Belly
Replies: 55
Views: 8324

Re: Finless T-Belly

I fixed the FX....
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Rides more like the G5 now, just not as fast.
by nomastomas
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 5758

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

Leg/fin dragging is a good example of drag applied in the service of control....The Waikiki beach boys use to drag their feet to initiate a turn on their skeg-less paddle boards, modern SUPers and surf kayakers drag their paddles for a similar reason.
by nomastomas
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Finless T-Belly
Replies: 55
Views: 8324

Re: Finless T-Belly

The "waggle" is what I call it, and I experienced it the most when I would duck dive. Very pronounced and unsettling, almost enough to pull the board from my grip. Very odd; no explanation for it. Never felt it when riding, though. Sorry Keith, I've already sold the FX to BellyRider, but intend to a...
by nomastomas
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Finless T-Belly
Replies: 55
Views: 8324

Re: Finless T-Belly

The lack of scientific rigor plagues all surfcraft design theory. And, yes, we are all left with mostly subjective data on which we hang our design theories. Subjectively, I can say that surfing finned is to me more enjoyable than surfing finless, regardless of the size of the surfcraft in question....
by nomastomas
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBG5
Replies: 88
Views: 12731

Re: TBG5

Go to the FX thread for an update....
by nomastomas
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Finless T-Belly
Replies: 55
Views: 8324

Re: Finless T-Belly

I've had the opportunity to ride the FX a couple of times now, and I have received feedback from a customer who owns a G2, G3 and FX, as well as plywood paipos. Our consensus opinion is that the FX performs as well as any finless prone board. And as a a finless shape, it takes different lines than a...
by nomastomas
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBG5
Replies: 88
Views: 12731

Re: TBG5

Here is the G5 bottom and outline adapted to a 5-11 kneeboard. Owner liked it so much, that he ordered a second one with 1/4" less thickness. As a shaper, I really enjoy the applicability of this design. I could imagine a 5ft'er for you guys who enjoy the "mega" prone board approach.
by nomastomas
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 5758

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

Great find, Keith...really interesting stuff. One of my early Boogies (maybe a "Comp" model?) was blue with the red and white layered rail. I didn't realize that was functional, only thought it was decorative. It was a major improvement over the first models which were super flexy. I added the twin ...
by nomastomas
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Leo belly boards
Replies: 9
Views: 1110

Re: Leo belly boards

Maybe he should have Googled "innovative"...just sayin'
by nomastomas
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Godspeed Paipo # 1
Replies: 11
Views: 1318

Re: Godspeed Paipo # 1

FWIW, I once modeled a 42" Morey Mach 7-7 in Aku and came up with 20L of volume. The water-ski analogy is great. Sitting in the water with ski on and tow-rope in hand, I have to rely upon the flotation of my ski vest to keep me at the surface, while manually keeping the tip of the ski attached to my...
by nomastomas
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 5758

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

iFoam is described as a "closed cell" foam that resists intrusion by a liquid (both water and resin) I think water intrusion is a relative thing, with some foams (notably EPS) drawing in liquids more than others. I've shaped probably half a dozen iFoam blanks and I wouldn't attempt to use it in the ...
by nomastomas
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 5758

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

Great insight, Keith...Well, that pretty much explains the lack of progression in design and the "generic" quality of the industry as a whole.
by nomastomas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 5758

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

OK... one out of how many bodyboard producers? ...This is technology is achieved by an AKU shaping machine, using process’ derived from the surfboard industry." Yes, of course...doing one by hand would be exceptionally labor-intensive. That's the first I've heard of a bodyboard blank being machine c...
by nomastomas
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 5758

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

Its pretty clear that the lower cost of bodyboards compared to foam-and-glass is directly related to the labor required to produce them. While EPP foam can be shaped, apparently there is no demand for shapes that require much more than a little band saw work, and maybe a couple of "channels" scrubbe...
by nomastomas
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBG5
Replies: 88
Views: 12731

Re: TBG5

This is a minor progression in the G5 line. I moved the twin fin cluster almost 1.5" towards the rear and added a set of FCS plugs to accommodate a "Nubster" or other trailing fin. The twin mods came from feedback I received from an Austrailian customer and the trailer was a request from a customer ...
by nomastomas
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 5758

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

"... I'm still on a quest to have a custom bodyboard made as similar to my paipo design as possible to see how similarly they ride give the different constructions." Now THAT would be interesting! Use a mailing tube to send them a construction paper template, and define the angle of the rails. They ...