ABOUT THE PHAETON F- 44 BARRELHAWK. Phaeton is a 44 x 18 inch three-part throwback/innovation... One part Paipo; One part Greenough Spoon; and One part Fish. They never come at the right time.
One quite realistically may look at stand up surfing as being a closed chapter in one's life. Neck, knee, lower back, and way too many others to mention here all took their toll... And stuck horizontal on my back was and still is the only relief I find. Swimming [no gravity] was and still is the only activity I do somewhat pain free.
But after a couple of years of swimming between lifeguard towers, I began catching a few waves along the way. Bodysurfing with its obvious limitations was becoming annoying... I was getting barreled but watching exits go by unused.The desire to get down-the-line again was sparkin. I had a little pool-type kickboard people use to swim laps, but they have limits, too. I did not want a sponge [against my religion haha] because my neck will not work properly on any floating board. [I Can't lift it up while prone].
Self, dig thru the experience archives on the hard drive.... Fit in that empty space of need there.
Necessity being the mother of invention, the following three ingredients reared their heads. One: I had ridden a Greenough-style spoon for a couple of years as a teen and was well-accustomed to the no-flotation aspect of a surfboard [albeit being a kneeboard]. Two: Although never owning one but always dug'em, I watched guys on Paipo Bodyboards all the time growing up and many times in movies. They might be in fact the first wave riding craft - developed by the Hawaiians perhaps sometime in the 16 or 1700's.Captain Cook documented them while on one of his visit to the Big Island in the 1700's - maybe he should have tried one LOL. Wave riding lineage behind The Paipo Board. The third and final ingredient was the 5'6 ET kneeboard [Eddie Talbot] - it was more than likely shaped by Pat Ryan that I transitioned to after the Greenough Spoon. It was a frigging gem great for barrels and carving. I would eventually learn to stand up surf on that board and it forever reigns as a real game changer in my surfing approach. It got me on my feet LOL. So with these three ingredients, off to the drawing board went I....
Quick mention to the Kaisers in Santa Monica... Pat & Kevin - to say their Wooden Ships bodyboards had no influence would be a misstatement. After four non-qualifying recipes of different glasses and resins, the fifth proved the experimenting was over.The amount of flex, being held in check by a hardwood center, is perfect.... Just enough to allow you some nose-down-entry-flex. You don't notice it while on the wave face. The tri-fin set up is tops. A center 7 1/2" Greenough-inspired Skag accompanied with two 4 1/2" Channel Island-inspired twinnies keeps sideslipping to a bare minimum and would gut a shark in a second. Phaeton will pump and hit the lip like a real surfboard when called upon. The glassed in rear rails provide great feel thru turns. The deck pads placed just above the twinnies keep the rider's inside hip snug on the inside rail - a must when you're high and tight. It's simply just a small surfboard hull. The leash is attached at the nose for a pull-return when tugged although it's rare you lose'er - and she's. To hold onto in the churn. The glassed-in foam handles at the nose and the rear rails even out the weight in the water on buoyancy. So, she's effectively weightless when immersed. Phaeton is never caught inside - deep dives are a fin kick or two away. Ever take off under a breaking lip with a real board? Late is as easy as merging onto the Coast Highway at 4am on Sunday. The board literally grabs the face, pivots left or right, hits zero to sixty in a flash, and you're down the line from a standing start. Phaeton is built for speed and for hunting barrels. And, there's no doubt a skilled rider could drop knee, knee ride, or even stand up on it with stubbie fins or tow in. I cannot say enough how much it has meant to me to be able to enjoy waves again at a down-the-line surfing level.
I would hope that any older. Watermen, injured or not, would consider getting into or. The mix with this platform. Is The Challenge and Motto.Each board is handmade with layer upon layer of Saertex Stitched Triaxial Fiberglass, Greenough-inspired main skags, and Channel Island-inspired twinnies. Each weighs about 10 lbs [but feels weightless in the water], measures out at 44"x18", is numbered, and production is limited to about one a month... On a good month - many thanks to Dr. Barrel Hunting Season is always open and The Phaeton F-44 BarrelHawk is always on the hunt.
Thanks for your inquiry, Regards, Damon Duval. The item "Paipo Board 44 x 18 Specialized Epoxy / Saertex Triaxial Fiberglass $400" is in sale since Wednesday, March 3, 2021. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Water Sports\Surfing\Bodyboards". The seller is "voltairegoethe" and is located in Oxnard, California.
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