Our aim is to make fine paipo, bellyboards, handplanes and skateboards with respect to performance and style, look and feel, material and spiritual.
Paipo Glide boards are a blend of ancient and modern. Building on the forms and shapes defined by the ancient Polynesians and Melanesians, the line and shape of sharks, as well as Andy’s Cornish surfing heritage, has resulted in some of the most beautiful boards being built today.
Each Paipo Glide board is completely unique, they are shaped by hand and possess soul. Creating a board is almost a religious ceremony that imparts something to the board, that contains a past, a present and a future. The past honouring the ancient hawaiian shapers of the papa he’e nalu but also the history of the wood and the tree that gave it. The present, the creation of the board form containing the touch and art of the shaper. The future, the rides that are to come for the next generations as the board is passed down.
The hope that trees and sea, surfing and surfers will still go on.
Paipo Glide is about returning soul and spirituality to the surf experience, to get rid of the bs and return simplicity to the art of surfing. It’s about making boards that make the surfer smile as they glide with the wave. Above all – it pares down to that beautifully simple equation by Tom Blake:
Nature = God