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Project: "Oceans7 Paipo Bodyboard Collection"
Company:Aqua-Leisure Industries, Inc.
Designer(s): Aqua-Leisure Industries, Inc., United States
Category: Outdoor and Exercise Equipment, Professional
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Entry Description: Paipo is a generic term for surfcraft usually ridden prone or kneeling. The original Paipos were finless wooden boards, but by the 1960’s had grown to include foam and fiberglass belly boards with surfboard fins. It's said that Captain Cook saw villagers riding similar surfboards when he came to Hawaii in 1778. The boards were 3 to 6 feet in length and were ridden on the belly or knees. Our new Paipo Bodyboard concepts retain this authentic surf feel with interesting shapes and bold graphics, and utilize an inflatable construction that make the bodyboards more portable and affordable. But perhaps even more significant, the inflatable design enables directional steering as the rider grasps the sides of the board and squeezes to redistribute the air, thus guiding the board in a new direction. This emulates the performance of the original “surf mats” used by generations of surfers. Images of this project include photography of a surf test with construction samples of the inflatable boards (these are plain and dark in color) as well as renderings of the graphic artwork that will be applied to the final product. Fresh graphics, innovative designs, convenient portability and superior performance can now be enjoyed by kids, teens, weekend warriors and serious surfers alike with the Oceans7 Paipo Bodyboard Collection.

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