Greetings from the Island thats not an Island.

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Greetings from the Island thats not an Island.

Unread postby RhodeIslandJeff » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:55 pm

Hello everyone,
Found paipo the hard way through years (about 20) of stand up surfing and the purchase of an alaia that thankfully was way to small for someone of my build to be successfully standing up on. For the last two years I've found myself riding my paipo and tossing on fins instead of grabbing a surfboard. I've pulled in and out of more barrels in the last two years than I have in the previous 20 combined. Not to mention I have way more fun now.

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Tropical Storm Karl Beach Break Barrels

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Icelandic Proverb
"Sjaldan er ein báran stök."
There seldom is a single wave.
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Re: Greetings from the Island thats not an Island.

Unread postby Uncle Grumpy » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:51 pm

Fun ain't it?
Paipo surfer in repose,
Nose on the nose,
No grunting he-man pose.
See how fast he goes!
What is it he knows?
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Re: Greetings from the Island thats not an Island.

Unread postby bgreen » Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:48 am

It certainly does look like you're having fun. Is that a 6' alaia you are riding?

I like the look of the crowd.
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Re: Greetings from the Island thats not an Island.

Unread postby Pes78 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:37 pm

I'm moving to Rhode Island :D
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Re: Greetings from the Island thats not an Island.

Unread postby RhodeIslandJeff » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:35 am

Yes, A wicked thin 6' Paulownia alaia. I went like 3 for 100 on standing up on it when I finally figured out I'm tad big for such a small board (5'9" & 205lbs). Then on a similar day at this same spot I found that if I could get into the wave (the hardest part paddling in without fins) I could generate crazy fast speed and get the board slotted pretty easy. I put on some fins and it was like riding a longboard boogie board without any drag, catching waves became a breeze so I haven't looked back. The few days I'd paddle a surfboard out I'd find myself wishing I'd used my paipo instead.

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On this day a few short boarders surfed the peak next to me and my daughter. After a period of them watching me constantly get barrels they paddled over and tried their luck unsuccessfully on my side of the fence. Eventually drifting back to their peak.
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There seldom is a single wave.
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Unread postby Ted » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:39 pm

Definitely looks like you are having fun. I ride my paipo exclusively now - it's easy, fun and well-respected in Hawaii.
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