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


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.
  • It's recorded Captain Cook saw the Hawaiian villagers riding similar surfboards when he came to Hawaii in 1778. The boards he witnessed were about 3' to 6' and were ridden "prone" on the belly, or on the knees.