SHAPER: Jamie Farfor
DESIGNER: John Waidelich and Jim Growney
Plywood with fabric laminated bottom. Branded decal. Varnished.
Dimensions and photographs Sydney Surf Auction, Mona Vale Hotel, Sydney, 25 - 26 September 2003
Catalogue No. 82 : " PAIPO BOARD 1960's All time rarity, plywood: great condition."
Notes by Mick Mock PO Box 330 Manly NSW Australia 2095.
Thanks to Mick Mock.
Bob Green emailed in August 2013, with thanks:
"Paipo as used in Hawaii probably only developed wide tails in the early 1960s courtesy of John Waidelich and Jim Growney.
Known as the Paipo Nui, Valentine commercialized, rather than developed these boards."
emailed by Jamie Farfor 16 February 2005, with thanks...
I was browsing, and came across one of the paipo boards that I designed and built long ago.
I notice that you are a little short on detail, so I thought I would fill in some of the missing bits.
Valentine as he made a Paipo for me in Hawaii, and
could see that there
would be a better way of doing it.
to boards were all the rage that season, and Val was
spending much of his
time trying to build a concave Paipo that would
I built a press that had a concrete base mould at
table height, and was
loaded with a hydraulic powered airbag.
timber vaneer, but was unable to get suitable
quality of material.
in the plywood, the curvature at the nose was less
than with the timber
was never an
obsessed body boarder, and used all types of
If you have any queries, I would like to hear.
Before bodyboards there was plywood.:
Sean Ross, Pipeline, Hawaii.
Board by Paul Lindbergh's Hawaii Paipo Designs.
Photo: Alan (Bud) McCray.
Sean was a life guard at the Ehukai Beach (Pipeline) during the1970's.
Rod Rodgers, Baltimore, Maryland : My Paipo Boards and ...More.
David Swanson and his and Val Valentine's
Paipo Collection, Haleiwa, 2000.
Photo and article by David Pu'u
The Surfer's Journal,
Vol 9 No 3, 2000 Pages 122-123