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Mr Mike

HI.  My name is Mike, but the kids on my block call me MrMike. That is because I have made them or showed then how to make paipo boards. I have been making paipos for 45 years. We called them belly boards back then and made them out of old balsa surfboards.

The first board I made was back in 1963. My brother and I bought an old 60 pound waterlogged Hobie balsa board. We tried to surf it but got tired of it hitting us in the head so my brother sold me his half for $5. I stripped it down and made two 4 ft belly boards. I sold one for $25 and kept the other one. That how I got started. I surfed Santa Ana River Mouth on a 10ft day with that board. I was the only one to get out that day in the days before leashes.



The board collection changes all the time because I sell some and make new ones. I also make the covers and all are for sale.


Oct 16, 2007. Here is a new board I just finished it. It is basswood with lace wood and bubiga. Small and fast.
Dimensions: it is 36"x26"x5/8"
Glass: Covered with 6oz "S" glass and 300 epoxy. 






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Last updated on: 10/30/09