Mini paipo

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Mini paipo

Unread post by zensuni » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:44 am

Hi there!
I have been playing with the idea of riding very small boards, smaller than regular paipos but bigger than regular handplanes.
So I came with this one:
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The size is approximatively 30x45cm, 2cm tick plywood. No concave, no rocker.
The rounded shape makes it very easy to use.
Depending of the wave, I can use it with both hands on it in front of me (if I need more glide), I can go one hand like a handplane, or I can grab it like a mini bodyboard in hollow sections.
It definitely has less speed than my regular bigger paipo board, but it still has enough to make waves, and the feeling of "bodysurfing" is fun, especially in close outs.
I used a foamy handplane recently, this mini paipo works better.
Here is the board in action:

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Re: Mini paipo

Unread post by kage » Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:43 pm

Looks fun, no rocker?

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Re: Mini paipo

Unread post by Nels » Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:11 pm

I've played around with these sized boards too...lots of fun! Can be a bit hard on the shoulders and upper arms after a while. They function like the proverbial McDonald's trays. Don't need flex, don't need rocker. Nice to not have a squared off nose thickness though, I got by just sanding a little nose "kick" on the underside of the front of the board. I liked my wood boards better than the mini bodyboard/kickboard at these sizes. Without some kind of strap you have to watch out for the board popping loose and into your face. For that reason alone I never made anything with a pointed or split tail.

These are the easiest boards to make. The only problem is there is literally nothing to break so they last forever. They are fun to make too, so that lcan easily lead to "overpopulation issues". Good times!

Did you seal it with anything? I've used polyurethane varnish, spar urethane, and epoxy resin. All worked fine.

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Re: Mini paipo

Unread post by Thumper » Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:47 pm

Just finished a mini paipo similar to yours with a square tail hope to use it this weekend,it’s about double the size of my largest hand plane and about 1/3 the size of a paipo hopefully a bit faster than my hand planes and less pain when it clobbers me like a full size board, don’t know if catchalot is on here I copied one of his designs if this one fails I will make one of his mini coffin boards next.

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