A paipo board in the Mundaka left-handers

June 16, 2014 | Bodyboarding
Pablo and Lander: carpenters working, do not disturb

Lander Irazabalbeitia decided to ride a paipo board in the Mundaka left-handers.

The world is going retro, and paipo enthusiasts are out in the line-up. Paipo boards mark the beginning of modern surfing and bodyboarding.

But in the 21st century, we call them "experiences." Irazabalbeitia, a Basque bodyboarder, decided to rediscover the roots of wave riding and designed a beautiful paipo with the helping hand of shaper Pablo Argüelles.

You can't say paipo boards are performance-driven objects. They are built to enjoy the ride, to taste the surf lines as you let them glide over the wave face.

In "Egurraren Gizona," we're invited to the roots of prone riding, and we are remembered that happiness can be found in the simplest things.

The Hawaiian-styled wooden bellyboards known as paipo boards are believed to have been used by children, in the early 18th century, as an intermediary step to stand-up surfing.

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