"Turbo speedstik paipo" vintage bodyboard

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"Turbo speedstik paipo" vintage bodyboard

Unread post by zensuni » Wed May 29, 2019 12:50 pm

Hi there !
I just ordered this weird 1992 bodyboard on ebay:
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It seems to be an interresting attempt of making a paipo board using bodyboard materials.

Has anybody ever tried this board ?
I'm looking forward to try it :D

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Re: "Turbo speedstik paipo" vintage bodyboard

Unread post by krusher74 » Wed May 29, 2019 2:37 pm

WOW! where did you find that!!! :shock:

Can't wait to see some more pics of it to see the rail etc.

It's very similar in template design to what I ride. I think you will find it a whole different beast to what you are used to, maybe slightly slower, but the buoyancy will help you catch waves easier and the shorter rail curve will be far more maneuverable;

On another note, I would expect a bodyboard collector might give you over $200 for that if you kept it as new.

They don't even have a picture of one! http://www.vintagebodyboards.com/brand.asp?ID=turbo

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Re: "Turbo speedstik paipo" vintage bodyboard

Unread post by zensuni » Wed May 29, 2019 3:51 pm

Krusher, the saler still has one left ;) :
https://www.ebay.fr/itm/Turbo-Bodyboard ... 0013.m1986

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Unread post by krusher74 » Wed May 29, 2019 3:53 pm

I got this reply about it from the vintage bodyboard guy

"It was meant to be a mix between a skimboard and a paipo. On the bottom. there are a few little channel grooves. They were touted as pretty much indestructible, although that wasn't completely the case. Ken Brown, the brother of Russ Brown (aka "Captain Turbo", the owner of the company), tells the story of how Russ was once demonstrating the Speedstik's durability to a customer. He propped up the board between two chairs and smacked it with a hammer. The Speedstik unexpectedly shattered into a million shards, which was the last time they ever tried to sell Speedstiks and never even mentioned them ever again. Ha ha."

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Re: "Turbo speedstik paipo" vintage bodyboard

Unread post by zensuni » Wed May 29, 2019 4:06 pm

I guess it is never a good idea to smack a product with a hammer in order to sell it :lol:
That explains why I couldn't find anything about this board on google though...
Nevermind, I'm sure it's is going to be a blast to test ride !

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Unread post by krusher74 » Wed May 29, 2019 4:22 pm

thanks for the link to the other one, will cost me more to ship it than buy it if he accepts my offer!!

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Unread post by rodndtube » Thu May 30, 2019 10:55 am

Any dimensions on this board? Please post after delivery along with some photos from different angles.
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Re: "Turbo speedstik paipo" vintage bodyboard

Unread post by zensuni » Fri May 31, 2019 11:39 am

I received the board !
Dimensions: 104x54cm (41'x21')
It is definitly not a bodyboard, it is a plastic version of a plywood paipo.
It is made of a 1cm thick pvc plank, it is a material I easily recognize as I used it when I worked in the printing industry.
It is solid, has flex (more than plywood), as heavy as plywood is, it is a material that is easy to cut or sand.
It is also easy to bend this material using heat.
So it is just a plank, no channels, dead flat (except the nose rocker), they glued a piece of foam on the deck for confort I guess.
It looks good, I'm sure it will work well.
My wife is not a big fan of the prints on the deck, but I like it, reminds me the glory early 90's !
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Unread post by krusher74 » Fri May 31, 2019 2:39 pm

Well, I bought the other one :shock: cost me more to have it mailed to me that I paid for it :?

If I had seen the pictures of yours first I probably would not have bothered. :lol:

Might just be a wall hanger for me. 8-)

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Unread post by rodndtube » Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:43 pm

Krusher, you might just be channeling your early-80s disco fever lol.
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Re: "Turbo speedstik paipo" vintage bodyboard

Unread post by zensuni » Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:59 pm

I tested the board Today in small, fat waves, surounded by swimmers and SUPs.
Some waves had enough power to feel how the board works.
Well, it's not that bad. It is actually very similar to my plywood board in terms of feeling, except it has more flex.
The flex allows quick turns, like bodyboards. It also helps for "pumping" during rides to generate some speed. Navigating around swimmers during the rides was very easy (not to say fun). Beside that, it is faster than bodyboards, skims over the water like a paipo, and wave catching is very easy.
So, to me the board passed the first test, I'm looking forward to test it in bigger waves.
The only downside is the "toy" look...

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Unread post by krusher74 » Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:49 am

The looks are all part of an era I'm sure you are to young to have known. look at the wetsuits you could get :?
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Unread post by zensuni » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:53 am

It reminds me my childhood in the 80s, when my brothers used to sailboard during hollydays, wearing that kind of colored wetsuits. Sailboarding used to be hype ! :D

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Unread post by krusher74 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:06 pm

oh . I've guessed your age completely wrong, I though you were in your 20's

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