Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Smooth Gliders


Some of my smooth gliders pictured above, Squiz Stick ( paipo) Ecto Handplane, 75 Customline Kneeboard and a Krypto Surfmat.

Smooth Glider

Phil Harper pictured below


fellow SCUMM , Paul Newman and Eric Bridges …Lick it Frenchy!


Paul looking for some shade!


Last Saturday we scored some small but uncrowded waves to our selves at a local reef, and with the 4 of us on mats it was fun while the tide was high, but as the tide  was getting lower and more hollow, it was time to mix it up and break out my paipo and hand plane.


So by the time I had surfed both my mat and paipo, I was fairly tired and starting to cramp in the legs, but scored a few runners with the hand plane, which I reckon gives your body the most work out in the water .


TRILOGY from adam williams on Vimeo.

Pictures below by Eric Bridges , many thanks for getting out of the water and shooting these.



Slideshow from Eric

paipo power from adam williams on Vimeo.



Sweet little Smooth Runners!




Smooth Gliders


May the Force be with You


Some excellent footage from Phil Harper’s Go Pro camera


After surfing my wooden paipo yesterday and noticing the speed difference between it and my surf mat, I am reposting this great article from

''A Paipo Interview with Paul Lindbergh''


Keeping the lineage going
February 25, 2010. Big Island, Hawaii
Phone interview and questions by Bob Green

‘’19. What makes a paipo go fast in your view?

the other thing is this, basically the board is working on surface tension. The actual top layer of the water is different to under water. You see these guys riding the sand-slide boards. Basically paipo boards work the same way as they do, in that it adheres to the surface of the water. The only time it penetrates is when you turn and you cut your rail into it and your rail just becomes a skeg. And then if you need flat-out speed you are basically riding a sand-slide board. It is only the surface tension of the water, you are not digging in, there’s no skeg to hold you back

and it’s stiff enough to not give you any chatter on a wave. You can’t skim board with a boogie board, can you?

You just penetrate into the water, even though the thing is buoyant. Our boards work have always on the surface tension. It’s not something we invented or anything. It’s just kinda one of these things, we are just on the end of a long lineage here. Guys ask me that and I try to explain it. I never did try to explain when I was a little kid, I just wanted to get on it and go like hell.''

I don’t really know how to explain it in technically, in a scientific manner, but the way I view it. Have you heard of the Venturi effect? Working on a flat surface, the nose of the board is small and the back of the board is wide. So you have X amount of wave coming under the board, a small amount of water coming under the nose and then it hits a wider surface. What you do is you get lift from that, you get aqua lift from the back of the board. The board actually wants to ram forward, once the water is coming in under the board. That’s what basically makes it really rocket. If you were to take your feet out of the water and just kinda be a ball of wake on it, the board would spin around backwards. Because the back wants to get ahead of the front. It will spin around. If you are riding on it, laying on it properly, it accelerates like crazy, on it’s own. The back wants to get ahead of the front. That’s an over simplification.’’



Mats & Paipo

This was from the other week, while our little Mat Cove had about 12 guys on it, I surfed this adjacent point break to myself, with riding my mat first up , then swimming in and swapping for the paipo. I fairly knackered by the end of the morning and when I walked past the other crew on the beach they yelled out that I had missed it…I just smiled and kept on walking!

mats & paipo from adam williams on Vimeo.

Johnny Tofu

Smooth Glider


Johnny Tofu

The Most Sexiest Mat Man / Log Rider Ever ?



Log & Mat Rider






“The Bonzer Experience”


My good friend from Sothern California, Wayne Kopit has taken the plunge and bought not one , but two new boards from the Campbell Bros


Wayne has promised to send me some pictures of the finished boards when completed ( that 4 finner looks killer) so here is some words from the website below

This revolution, “The Bonzer Experience”, is about evolution: evolving ones thoughts, experiences and consciousness. It’s about dynamic changes that produce quantum shifts in understanding and performance.

J.G. Bennett, describing Gurdjieff’s concept of evolution, states, “Evolution is the production of high level energy from a lower level source.This requires an apparatus of a different kind; for the “upgrading” of energy is improbable and cannot occur at all unless some high level energy is present. Life is an evolutionary process that goes against the direction of probability. The work by which Mankind is transformed is evolutionary.”

This quote sums up in a nutshell, more than 30 years of some pretty intense work. In 1970 the 3 fin Bonzer represented a quantum leap in possibilities, and in late 1982 the 5 fin Bonzer presented another tremendous shift in design and performance potential.

Maybe it was pure naiveté or a misguided sense of mission, but whatever it was, ever since the first wave we rode on a Bonzer we have felt an obligation to continue refining the design in order to keep possibilities open. We have wanted to give something back to surfing, which has so greatly enriched our lives.

Against all probability the Bonzer stands here today as a symbol of the open-ended nature of evolutionary potential and performance capabilities.

Thanks for checking in,

Malcolm Campbell Duncan Campbell

Campbell Brothers Surfboards | © 2015


This old board was going to the tip .
A good friend saved it for me, and with a little bit of TLC
I made it water tight and rideable
Such a fun, flighty little 5’6” Smooth Glider




  View Down the Line


Yesterday morning with just myself and Paul Hughes, who was riding a Smooth Glider from

Smooth Gliders from adam williams on Vimeo.


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