Vintage Surf meet 2018 coming soon !

Vintage Surf meet 2018 coming soon !
Free to take part
We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Bob Rudland's mid 60s paipo

 Bob Rudland`s “ Wavemaster “ Paipo Board
Bob first surfed in the early `60`s with Bob Groves and Bill Davies, learned to make boards with them around Gosport & Lee-on-Solent in Hants, then made other boards including this body board in 1965 at his Bath, Somerset home.      “ I had a little flat beside the railway line in Bathwick, and my landlady lived downstairs. Any boards I made were shaped and glassed etc. on the landing . Despite this, somehow I never got thrown out ! “
At the time the only boards apart from Malibus were plywood bellyboards. Bob says “ I wanted something to ride that I could catch a green wave with, using a pair of fins.  We were aware of Paipo boards in Hawaii from the magazines we had imported but had never seen one, so this is my own design.”
It`s quite heavy, but pretty robust with a thick stringer and a laminated hardwood/softwood tailblock.
The fin is a pure resin moulding from a pattern Bob made himself, with no fibreglass cloth in it . “ Because of this it snapped off near the base. Tony  ground the base and bottom of the fin flat and glassed the two back together just recently, so it`s left the fin about an inch shorter but it`s still original, and that`s the main thing .”
Bob kept the board for 48 years before parting with it recently . “ Henry made me an offer for it, I didn`t argue or send it to Ebay as it`s important to us old guys that someone who appreciates our stuff gets it. The only thing I requested was that if it`s displayed it`s got my name with it .”
Henry`s now loaning it to Alex Williams and Al Lindsay, to go on display in the   “ Endless Summer 2 “  exhibition which will be on throughout the summer at Truro museum.                                                                                                                              It`s believed to be the earliest GB Paipo board .

( New photos : Ace surf photographer Alex Williams. Article and old photos : Tony Cope. )

Tony Cope, Bob Rudland , two girls and the paipo, North Devon mid 60s
Bob (left) with Bill Davies, Cornwall early 60s with unfortunate fin attachment. photo Bob Groves

To check out some other 60s paipos go to -
 Greg Noll d fin paipo
Weber performer twin fin

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