We recently brought you news of an exciting and fresh new product from San Francisco, the Bodypo – a Hybrid Bodyboard/Paipo that is completely sustainable and is certainly turning heads with all who have seen and tried it. We are pleased to say that the creator of the Bodypo, Dave Hahn has been in touch with Surf Report and we are able to answer some of the questions we posed in our earlier article and bring you news of an opportunity to try the Bodypo this weekend if you are in the California area.
Dave has been keen to get outside opinion on the Bodypo and has been sending some of the early models out for testing by committed Bodyboarders, the reports coming back are extremely positive and everyone is blown away by the speed of the Bodypo. One crew of riders who sessioned the Bodypo at The Wedge in Newport, loved the boards and the increase in speed and were still able to land inverts and perform spins.
There is a reduction in buoyancy with the Bodypo and there is a different knack to riding the board, but this transition is intuitive and easy to master and in no time at all, the rider is able to adapt to the board and just enjoy the acceleration. The decrease in float, has a positive result, and that is, the Bodypo is easier to duck dive and manoeuvre through surf. Although the Bodypo has seen the majority of it’s testing in colder waters, there is no reason why it will not perform just as well in warmer seas.
Dave is currently working on a range of sizes between 39″ and 44″ and looking at both crescent and bat tail templates as full production of the Bodypo draws that little bit nearer. As soon as the final decision on size, template and price is made, Dave will then be seeking help to launch Bodypo through Kickstarter, so stayed tuned for further news and how to get involved in the crowd funding campaign.
If you are lucky enough to be in the California area this weekend (Jan 31st – Feb 2nd) then you have the chance to see the Bodypo in the flesh and even take it out and give it a try. Dave will also be on hand to answer any questions and explain more about this exciting new board design. The three trial/demo sessions are as follows
If you can, make sure you get down and take a look at the Bodypo and let’s help make this revolutionary idea a reality. To follow the progress of the Bodypo and to keep up to speed with all the news from Dave, you can check out his blog here. You will also find a video of the Bodypo from Adrian Rejon below this article and check out his own review of the Bodypo here.
Let us know if you make it down to one of the demo sessions this weekend and we would love to hear your thoughts on the Bodypo. What size board would you be keen to try and would you prefer to see a crescent or bat tail design?