Good first paipo

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Good first paipo

Unread post by jimithesaint » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:00 pm

I am looking to get a paipo to try, not sure whether I should get a wood or a foam board. I would like to hear some feedback on each type as well as suggestions on who to get boards from. I know locally Austin makes paipos but have seen some others in other areas.
What should I look for as a 200 lb 55 year old surfer looking to try his hand at paipo riding
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Re: Good first paipo

Unread post by rodndtube » Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:05 am

Jimi, you can try both wood and foam -- there are many aficionados for one or the other, sometimes both. The baseline Austin paipo is a good board to try. Suggest you go with the 3-fin box version so you have lots of freedom to experiment other various wave conditions. Austin may have a used board for sale -- see one on the market on occasion. Feel free to call me if you want to talk more about the Austin board.
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Re: Good first paipo

Unread post by bgreen » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:22 am

In many ways this is a similar question as to asking what sort of surfboard you should buy.

Wood boards are simple (and relatively easy to make) and ideal for planning. They tend to have less float so if you haven't done a lot of kicking or plan to surf where there are strong currents/long paddles it will be a lot more work.

Foam boards come in a lot of varieties. Unlike surfboards where you can go into a shop and describe the type of wave you plan to surf, your ability and how you want to surf, you are unlikely to find such advice in a standard surf shop. Fins make turning easier & tighter but there are virtues to riding a finless foam board as well (you basically don't have to worry about cutting yourself, smashing the fins out surfing shallow rocky areas, having to bother buying fins or worry about fin type and there is less drag). I think Jeff Chamberlain characterised the difference between wood and foam boards as akin to a difference between a bodysurfing style and a more surfboard riding style. Both valid, just different. People also tend to ride paipo based on their background, whether that be boogie board, standup surfing, kneeboards or bodysurfing.

What size/sort of surf do you plan to ride your board in?

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Re: Good first paipo

Unread post by ClanB » Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:26 am

I replied earlier but my post seems to be gone. When I discovered paipos, my 1st test run was on my Son's skim board. It worked and I got hooked.

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Re: Good first paipo

Unread post by jbw4600 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:37 am

Since have already used fiberglass foam boards, I would go for a foam board it would probably be an easier transition.

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Re: Good first paipo

Unread post by Papa Paepo o » Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:09 pm

Aloha gang,
All boards are good once you find your body placements on the board. Skim Board, yes cause of its narrow shape. I could ride it like and still perform meneuver as a regular rigid rails paipo board. Both foam and wood are good, one has more floatation than the other.

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Re: Good first paipo

Unread post by rodndtube » Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:11 am

Right On, Jarrett! Likewis For finned and finless.
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Re: Good first paipo

Unread post by soulglider » Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:46 am

gotta have at least 7 or 8 of each kind!
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Re: Good first paipo

Unread post by matt23 » Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:19 am

Doesnt matter which you ride. At some point DO build yot own, riding something youve made is such a good feeling ;-)

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Re: Good first paipo

Unread post by Papa Paepo o » Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:56 am

matt23 wrote:Doesnt matter which you ride. At some point DO build yot own, riding something youve made is such a good feeling ;-)


You got that right. Once you start building your own paipo you get a good feeling. Learning your woods it's good.

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