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by Nels
Fri May 18, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: my first paipo 44
Replies: 74
Views: 8406

Re: my first paipo 44

:shock: Beautiful fins and I appreciate the craftsmanship (used to work in an aerospace metal spinning and sheet metal business)...but they look frigging deadly! Just looking at those blades make my nuts crawl up the back of my throat...
by Nels
Mon May 14, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: The latest paipo intervews
Replies: 9
Views: 1148

Re: The latest paipo intervews

Same email, Bob. Jeez...was it that long ago I sent the dvd and photos?
by Nels
Mon May 14, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: The latest paipo intervews
Replies: 9
Views: 1148

Re: The latest paipo intervews

I suppose I should, but at this point it would be less of an "update" and more of an "observation". I'm coming off a confounding extended period of health issues and a variety of other more outside influences that, taken together, remind me of the old Warren Zevon line "put me through some changes, ...
by Nels
Sun May 13, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: The latest paipo intervews
Replies: 9
Views: 1148

Re: The latest paipo intervews

Inspiring as always. Once again thank you Bob and Rod for the interviews. Not that you guys need any more work, but the thought crossed my mind the other day that it might be interesting to revisit or solicit updates from people. Time passes and things change. Always interesting to see pathways... N...
by Nels
Fri May 04, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: 8ft waves with wind paipo?
Replies: 28
Views: 3466

Re: 8ft waves with wind paipo?

Nobody has done anything like that at least for prone craft to my knowledge. Waveskate and probably others have carried concave to the point of "pontoon" like features on the rails, the opposite of this. This looks like my kayak too, and that rides waves. With no science or trial and error behind me...
by Nels
Wed May 02, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: 8ft waves with wind paipo?
Replies: 28
Views: 3466

Re: 8ft waves with wind paipo?

Were there not experiments with milder "nose V" in Hawaii back in the day? Perhaps for same reason?
by Nels
Wed May 02, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 6831

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

I believe the carbon mesh and stringers both have some flex and recoil...both are there to stiffen the board and protect from creasing (bodyboard version of breaking). As to the shape I think a clue may come from the model name: Soap Bar. Looks inspired by the Tyler Warren Bar of Soap model, itself ...
by Nels
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBG5
Replies: 99
Views: 20874

Re: TBG5

Windsurfing is pretty near dead around me, couldn't tell you the last time I saw a windsurfer. Everything is kitesurfing. Until these posts I literally have never seen that particular 2 + 2 fin configuration.

Of course I'm a surf-hermit so that probably isn't good for expanding the horizons...

Nels
by Nels
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: my first paipo 44
Replies: 74
Views: 8406

Re: my first paipo 44

Huh...lot of food for thought but after a fast pass this morning on my way to who knows what the thought I had was twin fins for paipos...larger fins the closer to the centerline, smaller near the rails...to allow for wider tail width of paipos. Seems like there should be some kind of mathematical f...
by Nels
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 6831

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

Looks like maybe does not roll up. Just maybe gets flatter I don't know for sure, but that construction for paddleboards does roll up...just not like modern surf mats. Would go into a thicker roll. Still, smaller and easier to travel with than a real bodyboard or paipo. Inflated...well, jury is out...
by Nels
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 6831

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

Just to blur the lines, muddy the waters, or let business travelers sneak in a few...the inflatable bodyboard! https://www.surfertoday.com/bodyboarding/14062-meet-the-boog-mat-an-inflatable-bodyboard-by-hubboards First one I saw was from Sea Eagle a couple of years ago, found this last night, and th...
by Nels
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 6831

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

Also to be considered is the nature of the materials used in construction...But, in the end, the shaper has to make do without multiple compound curves or a static rocker curve, and with the unavoidable flex. Yeah, that's all true with bodyboards. Maybe it's an insurmountable divide when it comes t...
by Nels
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Things prone in general
Replies: 14
Views: 2278

Re: Things prone in general

I've seen various EPS softboards and have wondered about them...especially about their durability. Traditional bodyboard materials are stronger but crease. With something like Softech I wonder if they snap or if you can grip them hard enough to seriously dent. I take ridiculous care of my boards so ...
by Nels
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 6831

Re: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)

So has it stayed so similar to the original because that was the best design? Water is water and we are roughly the same sized people. So the task of the board isnt changing and there isnt a new problem to be solved. That may be "it" in a nutshell with regard to the bodyboard. The materials and con...
by Nels
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Things prone in general
Replies: 14
Views: 2278

Re: Things prone in general

you are much more of a technician than me I'm mostly theoretical...and I seem to have had a long-standing interest in materials. Our area in the post-foam surfing eras...Hollow W.A.V.E. boards, the Boogie came after Tom Morey left Morey-Pope, mats (nod to Dale Solomonson in Oregon there too but he ...
by Nels
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Things prone in general
Replies: 14
Views: 2278

Re: Things prone in general

Bodyboards currently have an interchangeable stringer system option available from several major brands. http://www.rideiss.com/ It's a very interesting concept, very affordable...but alas...it has no practical application that I can see for bellyboards of traditional construction. Maybe I'm wrong? ...
by Nels
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Things prone in general
Replies: 14
Views: 2278

Re: Things prone in general

As stand up surfers get older and the distain they show for SUPS I think they may look into the prone zone. I've really started to not care what people think of what I do, whether in the ocean or on land. I think it's best to keep it on the down low. I bodyboard because at 72 my balance is shot I k...
by Nels
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Things prone in general
Replies: 14
Views: 2278

Things prone in general

Sooo...I live sandwiched between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara...and I go way out of my way to avoid surfing with other people. Bodysurfing, bodyboarding, and bellyboarding make that much easier. Any decent wave is usually choking on standup surfers of the complete gamut of abilities, plus some SUPs...
by Nels
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBG5
Replies: 99
Views: 20874

Re: TBG5

Heh heh...sorry about the semi-hijack there, back to nomastomas and his TGB5 and onward...
by Nels
Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBG5
Replies: 99
Views: 20874

Re: TBG5

The interesting/frustrating thing about BBs is that they aren't mainstream. Boogieboards don't seem to stray too far from established parameters, with lots of test pilots in good waves. BBS and paipos on the other hand go in all sorts of directions. With all things BB, it is a very small market. El...