Bodyboarder’s looking for a new board or a board that could be considered sustainable, may want to take a look at the Bodypo, a new cork Bodyboard, Paipo mash up that has caught my eye and makes a lot of sense. Designed by Dave Hahn, the Bodypo is a board that is made by sandwiching cork between Super Sap Bio-Epoxy and the result is a thin and very fast Paipo/Bodyboard hybrid.
Dave’s business, California Surfcraft, is located in San Francisco and it is here, Dave has crafted a board that is noticeably thinner than a regular Bodyboard. This reduction in volume and use of cork, not only makes the board lighter and easier to paddle through breaking waves with, it also means the thinner rails cause a lot less drag in the wave face and in turn the Bodypo travels faster than regular Sponges.
The Bodypo really could be the next big thing in Bodyboarding and the biggest thing to impact on the sport since Tom Morey first added a slick skin to a board, all those years ago. The use of cork, makes the Bodypo a much more appealing choice for anyone with a desire to use sustainable boards, and the increase in speed has to be something all Bodyboarders will appreciate.
I have to be honest, somewhere in my psyche, a flashback to my childhood, I was under the impression cork was a rapidly depleting product, but it turns out I was way off the mark and the beauty of using cork as the core of the Bodypo, is that cork is actually completely sustainable. Cork is actually harvested bark from a cork tree and each tree is able to regrow and produce bark for over a century.
You can expect to see Bodypo’s appearing in a lineup near you during 2015 and will be available for around the same price as a regular Bodyboard, although you will be able to surf with a lot clearer conscience. I look forward to seeing the Bodypo in action and would like to know how they ride and perform compared to a regular bodyboard, and have a rake of questions regarding the Bodypo. How do they perform in regards to tricks like spins and airs? What are they like to drop knee? Will there be various templates and sizes available? Are they good for all water temperatures?
If like me you are intrigued, thrilled and interested by the Bodypo, then you can find out much more information about Dave Hahn, the Bodypo and California Surfcraft by taking a look at the official website here. You can also see and purchase handplanes and paipo’s already in production and sign up for future updates on the Bodypo’s development and release. Please feel free to let us know if you think the Bodypo is set to revolutionise the Bodyboard world and do you want a sustainable board in your quiver?