A Paipo Interview with Ron Haworth
August 9, 2012 - Oahu, Hawaii
E-mail interview by Bob Green
A long time body surfer, Ron was a friend of John Waidelich and Jim
Growney who were credited with developing the Paipo Nui style of paipo
board. Ron also wrote several articles on paipo and body surfing that
were published in surfing magazines in the 1960s. Additionally, he
wrote the Surf Spray column in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin
from 1966 to 1973. He is particularly proud of being presented with a
Gold Duke trophy.
2. The Petersen's Surfing
Yearbook articles that you wrote
show a good appreciation of the advantages and limitations of paipo
boards. Did you ever ride a paipo yourself?
did you first get into body surfing? When and where was this? How old
were you at the time?
I first body
surfed at Old Mission Beach in San Diego and also Windansea
and La Jolla Cove with the right swell. I was thirteen. My first
Churchills were blue synthetic hard (WW2) rubber. In 1949 and 1950, I
body surfed at State Beach, Santa Monica, before joining the army after
high school graduation. In high school I ran the 100- and 220-yard dash
and eight-man mile relay where we finished 3rd in the Los Angeles City
track finals, in 1950.
When did you
move to Hawaii?
First came to Hawaii in
November 1940 and turned 9-years-old en route
on the S.S. Matsonia. My older sister was staying with my
aunt and uncle in
and was not allowed to join us after Pearl Harbor so we returned in a
convoy (complete with submarine scare which sent us to our boat
stations with life
jackets) in late April 1942. I remember that morning of the attack
Duke's, Waikiki - May 2012.
Tracy Haworth Ayers.
Came back to
Hawaii in ninth grade then moved back to San Diego before six months in
New Zealand. Oh. I body surfed at Waiheke Island near Auckland. After
starting at Fort Ord, California (6 weeks), I was shipped to Schofield
Barracks for basic training. We were quartered in Quad D which later
gained notoriety in the movie From Here To Eternity. The 20th
was the first of eight battalions to take basic training at the Hawaii
Infantry Training Center (HITC) for deployment to Korea. All enlistees
were sent here to begin training again. I served in Korea, SHAPE
(Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe) and occupied Germany.
In 1954, I sailed with my uncle from San Pedro to Honolulu (2 of us) in
a 34 ft. ketch... 23 days. The final reunion to Hawaii was in 1962,
wife Dee and daughter Tracy. We had been living in Pacific Beach (San
Diego) where I, surprise, body surfed.
Tried paipo surfing
briefly at Makapu`u but didn't like it as much as body surfing.
3. There is interest in
learning more about some of the people
featured in your articles. What can you tell us about Dick Wandrocke,
George Farquar, Pete
Howorth, and Dennis Giroux?
Was it difficult getting your articles on
My writing was usually accepted by magazines no matter the subject. I
also wrote fiction for men's pulp before zeroing in on surfing. While
attending Long Beach City College on the GI Bill, I took courses in
business and creative writing, and while far from an "A" student I did
get an "A" in both. After graduation in January 1961, we moved to
Beach where I began a correspondence course with Famous Writers School.
One of the founders was Rod Serling (TV series Twilight Zone) and it
was here that I sold my first pulp fiction Desire In The Dew.
Finding that check in P.O. Box 1745, La Jolla, was a thrill and I was
hooked. Later I wrote pulp under the pseudonym P. B. Penthouse. My love
was fiction. If I have a favorite fiction it is Makaha Magic Trunks
which appeared in Surfer Magazine (see Note 1).
articles appearing in Petersen's Surfing Yearbooks Two and Three.
Haworth, Ron. (1965).
Belly Boarding: You've got to have the stomach for it... . Petersen's
Surfing Yearbook Number Two, 192-195. Los Angeles, Calif.: Petersen Publishing Co. and Haworth, Ron. (1966).
Belly Boarding. Petersen's Surfing
Yearbook Number Three, 108-111. Los Angeles, Calif.: Petersen Publishing Co.
My text was often
submitted sans photos and the editors
would supply their own. Dennis Giroux was in the U.S. Air Force and we
met at Makapu`u.
4. Did you surf much with John
Waidelich and Jim Growney? Any surfing stories you'd like to recount or
A photo of Dennis taken by you featured in one of your
I always used a Nikonas water camera so I was directly below Dennis on
this photo. Dennis was also in a "weightless world" for 30 days when in
a space capsule but he didn't leave Mother Earth.
Where was the photo of Dennis taken? Any other surfing
tales or recollections of Dennis?
Dennis was a very likable guy and I always thought it a bit unusual
someone in the service to be body/paipo surfing rather than bar
surfing. I remember Dennis as becoming a family member and spending hours
in our home. My daughter Tracy will have a clearer recollection of
Dennis, and I seem to remember he was very good to her. After he left
Hawaii some of his friends stopped by the house once at his request to
say hello. That is my last contact with him. The photo must have been
Makapu`u but I can't be positive. You saw he was also along for the
Nina Cherry story. Nina was a very good body surfer and it took no
urging to get her to show at dawn for the empty surf. I never saw her
on a paipo... to my knowledge.. and we must have crossed fins at
by Ron Haworth, in Haworth,
Ron. (1966). Belly Boarding. Petersen's Surfing
Yearbook Number Three, p. 109. Los Angeles, Calif.: Petersen Publishing Co.
I surfed almost
exclusively with Growney and Waidelich. And also Jaren Hancock and John
Naughton, Makapu`u regulars.
5. You mentioned that for
seven years you wrote a weekly column
called "Surf Spray" that was published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin
from June 1966. Did you write about paipo boards much?
What was it like surfing with John Waidelich and Jim Growney? What sort
were you all looking for to surf and where were your favorite spots?
One seldom surfed spot I did with Waidelich was on the Sandy Beach side
of Makapu`u Point. It is rare but the break runs parallel to the lava
shoreline quite a distance out. The general area is known as "Alan
before his old home was washed away by a tidal wave, but this lineup
was more east of what we know as Pele's Chair rock formation. Don't
remember it as a good ride, a bit mushy, but it was there so we
challenged it. John Waidelich on a paipo board and Ron and Churchill. Of course, even
agreeing to surf with John could be an unexpected challenge.
Why could it be an unexpected challenge?
John Waidelich was possessed by some "call" when it came to the sea.
surfing or sailing, John didn't want, or expect, it to be easy, boring,
or mundane. The moments I have shared with canoe and Cal-20 are typical
John Waidelich in his element. I don't remember him as a social party
type; he was conversational but on a serious note and loved to paipo
like no other, at least that I knew. I see the smile on his face with
the kids and paipos, and seeing it, now comes back to me. But it wasn't
that he wore it for everybody. I don't know how well Jim Growney knew
John, but I spent a lot of hours with him in one endeavor or another
and can never recall a harsh word between us. It's been too long since
I knew John so my thoughts might be off target. Hell! I don't even know
when I quit body surfing. Somehow... if John were alive I have a hunch
he'd still be challenging in the surf in some capacity. He knew no
Not much is known about Jaren Hancock and John
Naughton. Any other detail that you would like to add?
Jaren Hancock and his bother, Brent, were part of our group. Jaren,
body surfing, and Brent on the paipo. Jaren once was driving to
Blow Hole and saw a crowd. He stopped to learn a guy had fallen into
the puka but been washed out (how lucky!) and was yelling for
Jaren grabbed his
fins and saved him and then went body surfing. John Naughton worked for
State of Hawaii in the Fish and Game department (I forget the exact
name). We went to his wedding at Sea Life Park at Makapu`u. I did find
a Surf Spray article where Jaren, Brent Hancock, and John
others formed a body surfing club to challenge the Ala Moana Bowl (Haworth, Ron. (1966, August 11). Surf
Spray article. Honolulu Star-Bulletin.).
This was in the 1950s, when they were in high school.
Surf Spray article on body surfer Joe Keawe ("A fortunate man") and
John Naughton's wedding ("More zealots"). Ron
wrote of this column, "I always was fond of the Keawe column because he
was just a guy who body surfed his life in a Hawaii most will never
know or remember if they had."
Haworth, Ron. (1968, April 26). Surf Spray: A fortunate
man. Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Scan by Tracy Haworth Ayers.
Were there any advantages to being a body surfer
riders? What would a session be like with all these guys (Jim, John,
Jaren, etc.) out in the water together? Did they share a similar
to waves and life?
Depending on the break there could be a huge disadvantage being a body
surfer among paipos. This is why John took up the paipo, he was tired
of them dropping in on him. Makapu`u had many different moods and the
lineup could shift by the hour. Body surfing off the point in medium
surf was best as the rights took you toward the lava in clean curls.
Paipos, on the other hand, might be better going left for a much longer
ride. Bigger days saw the lineup move outside and center stage and then
both lefts and rights were good. Memory is a bit foggy but I think in
those days body surfers outnumbered paipos, or maybe we were just in a
tighter circle and weren't hogs. I never surfed shore break except in
desperation. The three you mention were popped from the same pod. We
were at home treading water, shooting the breeze, and waiting...
for that shout all surfers love to hear: "OUTSIDE! It would send us off
in search of the best possible takeoff point... If there was more to
life in those days we never found it."
Where were the biggest waves that you all surfed
Makapu`u was the most visited spot for the group and so that would be
the site for the biggest waves. The Waidelich/Growney Waimea days
pre-dated me and thankful I am for being spared and suckered into that!
What years were you surfing with these guys?
The July 22, 1966, Surf Spray article tells me it was at least 1966,
when I knew
and surfed with John. That is six months before I joined Outrigger
(Canoe Club) so is as close as I can get. Jim and Jaren were Outrigger
members and John wasn't (Waikiki Yacht Club). I joined OCC in January
1967, and before that we went to the Hilton Hawaiian Village beach. So
how we clicked is unknown. We all went to the Growney wedding reception
(Surf Spray exclusive) but where he came into the mix I can't say. Fact
is I never gave it any thought or thought anyone else would. Our
daughter Tracy was known at Makapu`u for her zinc oxide nose. She would
have been a tad older than John's daughter but I don't think by a great
deal. My son Rex would have been younger than Stig so we had bookends.
In the below photos of Makapu`u,
"...you will see a patch of white sand at the
extreme right in the lava. This was our "family, friends and fins"
sanctuary during those days with Waidelich and Growney and Hancock.
From there we would walk out to the end of the lava and dive in timing
the wave action. Tracy at this spot.
courtesy of Ron and Tracy Haworth.
I have just gone
through a small stack of my old Surf Spray articles looking for
paipo references and I have found some of interest. Did you know paipo
surfing very nearly was included in the Duke Kahanamoku
Invitational Surfing Championships? At least as an exhibition event.
And that Ricky Grigg admitted to me that "riding a paipo frankly scares
me to death" (see the article below). I also had a letter sent me in
early-1967, from a Leighton
Ho asking me to organize a paipo contest with the aid of Jim Growney
and John Waidelich. It was this suggestion which prompted Grigg's above
Ron. (1967, March 3). Surf Spray: Papaio surfer's viewpoint. Honolulu
Star-Bulletin. Scan by Tracy Haworth Ayers.
Surf Spray clippings and snippets
Eight years ago John Waidelich picked up a crudely shaped piece of
plywood from Makapu`u Beach and vowed. "If I can't beat them I'll join
them." So begins a lengthy Surf Spray devoted to Waidelich and his
Paipo Nui creation. Unless you had interviewed John, surfed with him,
and knew his wife and children, no written words can do these early
years of the paipo justice. Jim Growney was Waidlelich's paipo twin and
I can think of no one more qualified to speak of John's surfing merits.
The Waimea days must have been hairy.
Ron. (1966, July 22). Surf Spray: Architect of big-wave paipo. Honolulu
Star-Bulletin. Scan by Tracy Haworth Ayers.
"John Waidelich's surfing canoe preceded his paipo by a full year, but
except to a few of his surfing friends, has remained relatively
backstage on the local scene.
Any similarity between Waidelich's creation and the common outrigger
canoe ends with the spelling. Jaren Hancock, Waidelich, and I put Hulikai II through her paces at Publics on an eight-foot-day and Jaren and I agreed we had never had so much fun in the surf..."
Ron. (1966, August 1). Surf Spray: Surfing canoe gives thrills. Honolulu
Star-Bulletin. Scan by Tracy Haworth Ayers.
The fear of 40.
From the above article: Not so Waidelich who surfed
his Cal-20 in three to four foot surf at
Old Mans in front of the Outrigger Canoe Club. This is classic
Waidelich on his feared-not forty birthday. I had sailed with him
countless hours in the past and would in the future but at this sight I
swam out the channel to claim salvage rights. I figured he had taunted
the sea once too often. Later that day I found him at the Waikiki Yacht
Club drinking a beer and mumbling something about CASTLES.
Yes, this was the Waidelich I knew, crazy, unafraid, adventurers, and
one hell of a waterman.
The Cal-20 surfing was also witnessed by Jim and Priscilla Growney
in their P Cat. "Finger tip control," he yelled as he came about,
before grounding on the reef, to sail back for another approaching set.
In yet another column I read where I appointed Jim my European
correspondent when they went to Spain and Portugal for a year or two.
Did you know Jim was 'arrested' in Portugal for body surfing beyond the
Haworth, Ron. (1967, June 16). Surf Spray: The fear of 40. Honolulu
Star-Bulletin. Scan courtesy of Tracy Haworth Ayers.
Letter from Val
Valentine explaining his latest paipo design.
from Val Valentine explaining his latest in paipo design brings welcome
news to those who take their waves lying down.
Valentine's paipo is constructed of fiberglass with enough foam to
ensure good flotation (see Note
2). It is impervious to water and unbreakable. The Valentine
the absence of a skeg. At that writing Val's only problem was where to
market his product.
I do not recall ever seeing this paipo in use or whether Waidelich used
Ron. (1971, August 27). Surf Spray: A letter from Val Valentine
explaining his latest in paipo design. Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Scan courtesy of Tracy Haworth Ayers.
Spray Best Hawaiian Surfer Poll
of the Surf Spray first (and maybe only) best Hawaii surfer
poll. For the sake of this readership I will mention only paipo and
Paipo...Waidelich edged Val Ching (closest of all categories). Body
Surfing...Buffalo Keaulana in a breather.
The trend is not always a good indicator. First body surfing vote went
to me, and no I didn't submit it, but history has lost the final tally.
WOW! How do you spell "relief?"
Ron. (1967, January 27). Surf Spray article. Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
6. There's not much written
about Val Valentine who commercially produced the Paipo Nui boards. Did
you know Val?
Yes, I knew Val and
interviewed him for Surf Spray.
Did you know Val Valentine was Canadian... that he toured Europe as a
professional wrestler and juggler, escaping Europe just before war
out.. that he was with the U.S.O. during the war and entertained G.I.
Did you know Val, John Waidelich, and I went to a Val yet-unnamed
secret surf spot on the North Shore and surfed all morning by the
number... never two to the same wave. We were leaving after the wind
blew it out as two board surfers appeared, checked it out, then left.
Our secret was secure!
7. Watching a good body
surfer, it sometimes looks like they are
riding a paipo board. Do you see much cross-over in paipo board and
body surfing technique?
courtesy of Glen Powell
Do you have any paipo photos that I could include as
well as photos of John Waidelich, Val Valentine and others?
Photos of John, Val...no. Funny but we weren't into camera
of ourselves, it was all about the wave. We had a spot of sand at the
Makapu`u point which was ours for family, friends and fins. We occupied
it all day. Our kids grew up there and learned to body surf and love
the ocean. It was sacred sugar sand and is still there... only the
are gone. But then that is life. Val Valentine was not a member of this
I ended my Surf Spray interview with Val at his home on Sunset Beach
such: We think Val's character is best portrayed by the seemingly
unimportant fact that he's listed in the phone book. Surely it must be
tempting to have an unlisted number and thereby cut by a hundredth the
amount of phone calls which go,
"Hello Mr Valentine? You don't know me but... what's the surf like?"
Nui promotional material with John Waidelich and his children.
courtesy Jim Growney.
I don't recall paipo
surfing at all until
seeing them at Makapu`u. Body
surfing and paipo surfing have much in common, like kicking into a wave
running ahead of the white water but as I didn't use them I can't say
much more. I didn't want to be bothered holding them. In the no leash
days of board surfing we'd pull lost boards of others back out with our
toes (losing them again in white water) as a courtesy. Even at age
nine, I did this on my "ironing board," towing larger boards toward
8. Any general observations
about changes in surfing over the years?
What was your ironing board?
In the days of the famous Waikiki beach boys the Waikiki Traven stood
right on the beach where the Waikiki Police Station is today. It was
here many beach boys plied their trade when not playing cards beneath a
hau tree. I even shined shoes when the surf was flat for lack of
adventure. Only needed one polish... black... the US Navy was in town
"a date which will live in infamy," was their destiny. A sailor off
the battleship U.S.S. California often treated me to miniature
golf where the
International Marketplace is today. He was from Texas and I never saw
him again after Pearl Harbor. We lived on Kalakaua Avenue mere barefoot
steps from my (now), Waikiki nostalgic playground which was never to
return after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by Imperial Japan. Barb
wire fenced the beach where I once belly skimmed on the receding waves;
machine guns poked from behind sandbags; martial law brought us
blackouts; gas masks were issued. Hawaii survived World War II but gone
was the Hawaii Calls radio broadcast (it was resumed but never with the
pre-war nostalgia once so mesmerizing as it had been with the sound of
surf on Waikiki Beach and the lyrics of Sweet Leilani and Aloha' Oe).
Boat Day was revived when Lurline and Matsonia again began service but
air travel was to do to them what the war didn't.
Somehow I had acquired a board with a split near the nose and was
befriended by one, or more, of these carefree beach boys. It became
"mine" but never left the beach. I learned to surf here. On big days
I'd surf the backwash off the Traven foundation. I had always had a
fear of the ocean lapping around my feet on the beach until I learned
to swim in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. And as corny as it might
sound the moment my feet left the bottom I remember turning seaward and
breast stroking toward the surf. The Pied Piper beckoned.
Haworth riding his "ironing board." The photo was taken by Toby on his
hollow board. It wasn't much bigger than a paipo. Ron left for
California in May 1942.
Photo courtesy of Ron Haworth.
Where was your favorite body surfing wave?
For me the perfect wave was Point Panic. It was usually not
crowded and the waves were meant for a single surfer, something about
how they formed and feathered into the channel. A summer break of
When I did a Surf Spray on Dave Rochlen in 1966, he mentioned his
favorite south shore break was Incinerators and described the wave. Now
it overlays my memory of Point Panic (see Note 3).
you have never seen this break it is off a breakwater/landfill and not
at all hospitable for entering or exiting the water. I seem to recall
there was an incinerator (perhaps long smokeless) in the area. Point
Panic was a most unique wave. I know I surfed it with my right arm
hanging over the back of the curl (If you think of an envelope and
where you insert a letter opener this is the perfect body surfing
position at Point Panic. The envelope flap is the wave); I was always
high, never on the bottom, and of all the waves I surfed none left me
with more realization that I was a part of a brief creation of nature.
Haworth, Ron. (1966, June 24). Surf Spray: Surfing a first love. Honolulu
Star-Bulletin. Scan courtesy of Tracy Haworth Ayers.
Incinerators and body surfing.
I have since seen photos of paipos at Point Panic (and on the bottom of
the wave!) but honestly I don't recall them in my time. Boards were
banned and paipos might have come later and I don't remember surfing
Panic with Waidelich. I would like to hear from any others who might
have different memories than mine. Especially if it was once known as
Incinerators. When I last mounted Panic, I have no idea; yes, it was
summer; yes, I was a young man; and, yes I wish I was still young
enough to blend with a such a wave.
A contest was held at Makapu`u, October 17, 1970,
"The caps we wore
belonged to Australian life saving clubs and were flown up on
Qantas... In Surf Spray I labeled the cap colors and mine was "chaste
white." So inappropriate. But it might have helped me get "lost" in the
white water. Sol Aikau was one judge".
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin Advertiser
ran a 3-1/2 inch mention, "Ron Haworth Surf Victor." I had two Surf
Spray, one prior and one post, on the contest. Winners and runners up
in other body surf age groups were also mentioned but nothing on piano
contest. Jerry Vasconcellos and the main event never got any ink.
I had nothing to do with this and I expect Chuck Shipman called it in
to paper. The senior men age group was 35 and over.
Makapu`u in 1970. Ron Haworth finished in 1st place in the senior men's
division at age 38-39.
Figures courtesy of Rex Haworth.
Of course the size of
boards, how they were made, and the
ability of the riders to control them made huge changes from when I
first board surfed at age nine, at Queen's Surf, Waikiki. It was
to potato chips.
9. You must have seen some
impressive waves and surfing over the years. Any memories still stand
out over the years?
I surfed Sunset with
Waidelich, a nice five-foot day with
never ending rights. We might have been the only ones out. Skinny body
surfing on the Na Pali Coast, Kauai, shod with Mr. and Ms. Churchill.
Nudist beach Little Makena on Maui was research for a Surf Spray.
Surfing Waidelich's 2-man fiberglass Indian canoe at Waikiki wearing
fins was always good for a few wiped-out board surfers and stink eye. I
also liked to body surf Tracks and Yokohama occasionally. Surfer
Magazine did a Yokahama pictorial with my text. This was a
Growney, and Hancock safari. The body surfing was surprisingly good.
Best moment... perhaps the Golden Duke presentation ("for outstanding
contribution to surfing") at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, breakfast, and
driving out to Sunset for the contest with Duke, Kimo McVay, Dr. David
Eith in Duke's Silver Cloud Rolls Royce with a Don Ho tape blaring
"Suck 'Em Up.' Don't get many Aloha Fridays like that! Jock Southerland
Statuette itself is polished brass (shines as if Inca Gold in the late
afternoon sun) .......... It is a treasure. If you have never seen one
it was like the Hollywood movie Oscar with a surfboard behind the
figure. I know Kimo McVay had many old pictures of Duke and a long
board in mind when it was designed.
handshake was a promise... his smile a treaty." Ron with Duke
Kahanamoku, December 15,
"Life doesn't get better than this
moment... at least without family."
by Camera Hawaii.
Note 1: Selected
surfing publication article authored by Ron Haworth.
Haworth, Ron. (1966). The Lure and Beauty of the Surf at Makaha. Makaha
Program 14th Annual Championships.
Haworth, Ron. (1964, September). Wipeout for Wendy. Surf Guide, 2(8).
Haworth, Ron. (1965, June-July). Three Rare Days at Sandy. Surfer
Haworth, Ron. (1965, August-September). The Endless Walls of
Portlock-Koko Head, Hawaii. Surfer Magazine, 6(4).
Haworth, Ron (uncredited ). (1965). Offbeat
Surfing/Belly Boarding. Petersen's Surfing Yearbook Number Two,
Haworth, Ron. (1965). Big Gun At Makaha. Petersen's Surfing Yearbook Number
Haworth, Ron. (1965-66, December-January.) The Makaha Magic Trunks. Surfer Magazine, 6(6) .
Haworth, Ron. (1966, August-September). Yokohama. Surfer Magazine, 7(4).
Haworth, Ron. (1966). Belly Boarding. Petersen's Surfing Yearbook Number
Haworth, Ron. (1966, June). What's Your Name. Surfing Illustrated,
Haworth, Ron. (1965, October). Surfing Girl of the Month: Nina Cherry. International
Surfing Magazine, 1(6), 60.
Haworth, Ron. (1966, October-November). Coed Invasion. International Surfing Magazine, 2(6).
Haworth, Ron. (1966, October-November). The Intruder. International Surfing Magazine, 2(6).
Haworth, Ron. (1967, February-March). The New Makaha. Surfer
Haworth, Ron. (1967, June-July). Men Against the Sea. Surfer Magazine, 8(3).
Haworth, Ron. (1967, June-July). Another Great Spot. Surfer Magazine, 8(3).
Haworth, Ron. (1967-1968, Winter). Is Surfing Sick? Hawaiian
Haworth, Ron. (1968, May-June). Last Days of Duke Kahanamoku. Surfing
Action Around the World, 1(2).
Haworth, Ron. (1969, July). There's Gold in Them Thar Waves. Surfer Magazine, 10(3).
Note 2: Paipo
Nui board construction
Glen Powell, Val Valentine's neighbor
and friend, advised on August 18, 2012:
the reference was made that he used a foam insert for his boards -
while he did experiment with that concept almost all of Val's boards
were made with laminate veneer cross laid, glued and shaped in a press
that Val made. The material Val used was mahogany, about
1/8th thick and cross laid to make a plywood about 3/8ths thick. The
unique scoop to the nose was produced by this method. Once shaped,
sanded and the edges rounded Val would glass the entire board. I used
to go with Val when he was marketing these boards at various surf
The foam insert was not very successful.
For additional information on the Paipo Nui and its
construction, see the paipo interview with Jim
On one occasion when I stopped by his shop I found Val
mopping up blood
from a cut to his tummy, all the way across, from a utility knife he
was using to trim a new board just out of the press. I tried to insist
that he go to the Doc but he just cleaned up the blood and taped
himself back together. In that same vein, Val made most of his tools
additional information on the contemporary version of this style of
board, the Hawaii Paipo Design, and its construction, see the paipo
interview with Paul
Note 3. The
location, history and origin of the beach and surf break named
Source: Clark, John R. K. 2002. Hawaiʻi place names:
shores, beaches, and surf sites. Honolulu: University of
Hawaiʻi Press, p. 121.