My other big interest is paipo boards -- real old school bodyboards typically home made, thin plywood or sometimes fiberglass that were a lot more common before sponge bodyboards. Some of us have been trying to find the origins of the word "paipo" and found this bit of history that seems to cross over to skimming, a surpise to me.
[Source: page 9 in The Beaches of O'ahu, By John R. K. Clark. Published by Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1977. [There is also a 2005 Rev. ed, Beaches of O'ahu. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.]
This may be old news to you guys, but new to me. All I ever read was about lifeguards in Southern California coming up with skimming. Though it's not very surprising to imagine others coming up with the same idea. When I read the part about prone skimming; i seem to remember doing that out a the spit in Bodega when I was a kid. The memory is a little dim -- that was aver 40 years ago.
Anyone interested in paipos can go here.
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