Sunday, 17 August 2008

A Hawaiian perspective by Neal "Sponge" Miyake


Wooden Bellyboards -- Cornwall 9/92

Many surfriders in the Cornwall area enjoy riding wooden bellyboards, an apparent offshoot of the Hawaiian paipo boards. These boards have been ridden here at least since the early 30's and look suspiciously like snowboards. People of all ages and gender walk out to the shorebreak and prone all the way to shore, grabbing the top of the board for control. It was refreshing to see sixty-something year old "grommets" bellyboarding in only surf trunks in the 55 degree water. Stoke takes on a whole new meaning.
Borrowed from:
http://www.hisurfadvisory.com/travel/uk3.htm

5 comments:

bellyboarduk said...

It's great to see that our ply pursuits are recognised by the polynesians even if certain publications (slice?) here in the UK don't recognise the validity of pre-malibu surfriding.
Let the stoke flow.

Eef said...

Thanks a lot for the kind words you left on my blog!! I get loads of inspiration from reading the pronetobelly blog , too. There seems to be a strong and happy bellyboarding scene in the UK. I can't make it to the Championships this year for work reasons :( But next year i will!

Eef
monsterboards.org

bellyboarduk said...

Hi eef, your work is so free thinking, it blows away so much of the stink that is screwing up surf culture.
I hope to make a 'flex' type board soon and I will send you some pictures.

Lee said...

nice site mate, revive the stoke!

Eef said...

We had a shapersmeeting this weekend in Scheveningen, Holland and i went there with some new bellyboards. They surfed great, much faster then i expected.
Representing bellyboarding in the Netherlands :D

I put some pictures of them on my blog: http://www.monsterboards.org

Eef