a Paipo Board
is a great Father & Son (Daughter, etc) weekend project
use of a "Paipo" board is probably the oldest form
of "board" surfing. It's recorded Captain Cook saw the
villagers riding them when he came to Hawaii in 1778. Those boards
were about 3' to 6' and were ridden "prone" on the
belly, or on the knees. The desire to stand up introduced longer
boards but may have been reserved for "Royalty". (There are
many web sites with the history of Paipo Boards, if you want
For Christmas 2004 I got completely silly and made Paipo & Hand
Boards for all my nieces, nephews, bros n sis's and some of my crazier in-laws.
I've always loved working with my hands and my father taught me all kinds of
in's n outs to woodworking when I was young. So wooden boards to enjoy in the
surf is a natural for me. This summer 2005, I made a date with my nephew
Cory to spend the weekend together so he could make his own board. Here's how
have to pardon me I'm more the artist type than an engineer
so I don't use plans, I let the wood itself determine what it's
going to be.
All we knew was that by Cory's height and weight we were going to
something about 36" in length, 16" wide, and about 1 3/4" thick.