Mini Paipo a gather up at European Wooden Surfboard Meetup

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Mini Paipo a gather up at European Wooden Surfboard Meetup

Unread post by medswells » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:22 pm

Hi there,

Last summer a group of wooden surfboard shapers gathered at Berria Beach, Cantabria (Spain) at the European Wooden Surfboard Meetup [1] to share our passion on wooden boards building. Some of us brought paipos and alaias. I brought mine and took pictures of the boards and from the water [3], you can find them on my blog at [2]. The posts are in spanish, so if you want to understand the text, probably google translate is a good option.

There are not that many people riding paipos, we're two or three guys that bring our paipos, and I'd like to see that change.
So if you live near by or can get to Cantabria this summer, have a look. Waves are good, and weather is warm!

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[1] https://www.facebook.com/euro.woodsurfmeet/
[2] http://medswells.appspot.com/category/blog/
[3] http://medswells.appspot.com/european-w ... day-1.html
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Re: Mini Paipo a gather up at European Wooden Surfboard Meetup

Unread post by bgreen » Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:39 pm

Nice selection of boards at http://medswells.appspot.com/european-w ... day-1.html

Does surfing the Mediterranean require a different board?

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Re: Mini Paipo a gather up at European Wooden Surfboard Meetup

Unread post by medswells » Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:20 pm

Riding paipos prone works fine wherever I've tried them. So I'd say that for riding paipos on the Mediterranean does not require a different board.
However, when leaving prone position and trying to stand, as for example on alaias, then it's more difficult to maintain balance. I attribute this to Mediterranean waves don't have that much force, and, swells are not that strong compared to the Cantabric, so for riding alaias you have to look for good and clean swell conditions.
So as most of the time swell conditions are not that good and clean, surfing with a paipo on the Mediterranean ensures you a good share of waves that you wouldn't otherwise get.

Just to ilustrate it see the video below getting a small wave on the Mediterranean during summer:

https://www.facebook.com/medswells.surf ... 728948703/

The wave is not that steep, or strong, in fact, sometimes it looks almost flat, and still you can get a ride on the paipo

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