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by Nels
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBG5
Replies: 99
Views: 20875

Re: TBG5

What can I say? Messing around a bit there, but...I know Indo is the Hawaii cakewalk for you guys down under, but it's so far away from the rest of us...if I were so lucky as to make that trip I'd take a boogie just to be sure of having something that is maybe a 75% "sure thing" performer...to go w...
by Nels
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBG5
Replies: 99
Views: 20875

Re: TBG5

It's hard to get a board that rides well in all conditions.
Maybe sometimes you...Boogie!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssf5y28RwK0

Nels
Providing an occasional voice for anarchy in surfing
by Nels
Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBXL
Replies: 18
Views: 3290

Re: TBXL

I hope to complete an interview with the late Peter Berry, creator of radical kneeboards
Dang, Bob, I know you're good...but that seems like a superhuman challenge...

Would like to see it though.

Nels
by Nels
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBG5
Replies: 99
Views: 20875

Re: TBG5

Speaking of "old Hawaiians" and old school paipoboarding and bellyboarding, a lot of guys rode with their heads forward of the nose of their boards and the arm nearest the wave outstretched. Not so good for pearling probably but would give some protection to the old chinbone. Also moved the weight f...
by Nels
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: What are you riding at the moment?
Replies: 16
Views: 3719

Re: What are you riding at the moment?

I'm curious too. I'm sort of on the bench at the moment, my beloved DiStephano soft kneeboard which I have ridden finless as a paipo for years and years having given up the performance ghost. Alas, a wall hanger for me. I'm over the thin plywood boards in cold water. They may get wet in warm summer ...
by Nels
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Plywood paipo with a bodyboard shape
Replies: 4
Views: 1347

Re: Plywood paipo with a bodyboard shape

Looks like it went good to me. On my plywood paipos, also with no rocker, I found easiest entry was to catch the wave early, much earlier than on a bodyboard. As to spray, yes, mine also put spray out but it always was out to the sides or off the more open rail. Never into my face, for instance, whi...
by Nels
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Mermaid Tails
Replies: 17
Views: 2940

Re: Mermaid Tails

For that matter you could just use a fin tether around one ankle and attach the other end around your other ankle when you get out in deeper water. Or some velcro strap. After all, you can mermaid/dolphin kick using regular fins without anything binding the two legs or fins...I used to do that doing...
by Nels
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Mermaid Tails
Replies: 17
Views: 2940

Re: Mermaid Tails

The bodysurfing group on yahoo poked around with the monofin thing a good number of years ago. I have zero memory of what came of it. Good in pools if I recall. My guess (and it's my guess only) is that the monofins I see today and especially the "mermaid's tails" kind would have unnecessary drag du...
by Nels
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Thought experiment
Replies: 17
Views: 3368

Re: Thought experiment

Keep the "thought" in "Thought experiment"...if it makes you happy then you must be doing something right, even if it's wrong...

Nels
by Nels
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: My First Paipo
Replies: 2
Views: 1151

Re: My First Paipo

Amen in the Minwax - if worst comes to worst you just wash and dry the board and reapply. I used Spar Urethane Varnish for a handboard I made last summer and it has proven pretty bombproof but I didn't like the way it looked over the painted surfaces so Minwaxed the second handboard, and it's done f...
by Nels
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Booger Birthday
Replies: 2
Views: 1064

Re: Booger Birthday

Here I had a really nice day bodysurfing and missed it... will have to remedy that Saturday morning. Oh to be 46 again... :shock:
by Nels
Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Mike Stewart vid
Replies: 3
Views: 1184

Re: Mike Stewart vid

Great vid. Assuming that was Pipeline...crowded! :shock:
by Nels
Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Paipo Gathering - Oct 8-10, 2017
Replies: 57
Views: 10517

Re: Paipo Gathering - Early-Oct 2017?

That El Cap private lux campground got taken out in a mudslide this winter. October is a while off so maybe they will be reopened. It still looked thrashed from the highway two weeks ago. https://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=180426 It would be fun to finally make some kind of get-together, alth...
by Nels
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Advice for a total beginner?
Replies: 9
Views: 2395

Re: Advice for a total beginner?

Ooooh...Bob's post reminds me...you don't need to worry much about float, even in Gulf Coast waves. The flat bottom of the paipo will plane once you catch the waves...even if they are small. Again, this is something that will become more obvious, as in immediately, once you start riding the waves. Y...
by Nels
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Advice for a total beginner?
Replies: 9
Views: 2395

Re: Advice for a total beginner?

Advice item #1: Have fun! Have fun researching, have fun making the boards, have fun in the water, and make more boards and have more fun. If you aren't having at least that much fun with the paipo experience, you need to work harder at having more fun. You can't have enough fun, but you can try. Ad...
by Nels
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Mundaka vid
Replies: 1
Views: 929

Mundaka vid

Don't know if this has been posted yet...if so I missed it. From 2014. Worth watching!

http://www.surfertoday.com/bodyboarding ... ft-handers
by Nels
Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Vagabondsurf.com has been archived
Replies: 4
Views: 1082

Re: Vagabondsurf.com has been archived

Rod did all the work in the archiving. All I did once the site went dark years ago was to keep it up there. Going back to Rod's Paipo Page some 16 years ago, he's the guy who has kept open the cyber watering hole for paipo riders. Belly riding on non boogies might be a slightly cooling trend these d...
by Nels
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Uh-oh Kelly Slater better look out--warm water too!
Replies: 14
Views: 2898

Re: Uh-oh Kelly Slater better look out--warm water too!

The 2015 stat for population of the "Greater Los Angeles Area", encompassing 5 counties from Ventura County where I live to the Inland Empire counties...approximately 19 million. Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and Los Angeles County population combined is thought to be about 11 million people...
by Nels
Tue Sep 06, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: Uh-oh Kelly Slater better look out--warm water too!
Replies: 14
Views: 2898

Re: Uh-oh Kelly Slater better look out--warm water too!

Well, Buckos, I too feel your pain. There are no secrets in the Known World. Surf-cams show dozens out at sunrise in California. Crap surf is the last uncharted frontier, and it's already pretty busy. Give me a wave pool any day. My guess is that a surfer raised on a wave pool will inevitably make a...
by Nels
Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Your Wave
Topic: It's prone but not a paipo
Replies: 16
Views: 3234

Re: It's prone but not a paipo

Looks like fun for what they were showing, and I think that might be a lot of fun for "flying" underwater...I could see that low in kelp beds, for instance. Can't imagine it wouldn't be loud though, and I'd hate that at least on the surface. Unacceptable in the surf zone. In the extreme. Zero tolera...