paipo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined by the surfer Wallace Froiseth, possibly misheard or misspelled from Hawaiian pae + poʻo.

Noun[edit]

paipo (uncountable)

  1. Any prone-ridden surf-craft which aren't either inflatable mats or traditional finless soft bodyboards.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The original paipos were finless wooden boards developed in Hawaii. By the 1960s the world of paipo had grown to include small foam/fiberglass bellyboards with surfboard fins. Both types still exist today although in very small numbers.