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by Nels
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: Bodyboards discuss (the soft paipo)
Replies: 52
Views: 8064

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: 2652

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: 8064

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: 2652

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: 2652

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: 2652

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: 2652

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: 28626

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: 28626

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...
by Nels
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Paipo Board Design & Building
Topic: TBG5
Replies: 99
Views: 28626

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: 28626

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: 3702

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: 28626

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: 4324

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: 1515

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: 3325

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: 3325

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: 3772

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: 1305

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: 1207

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: