Paipo Stokefest. The Alternative & Sustainable Surf Craft Session. Scripps Pier, La Jolla.
Paipo Stokefest – Scripps Pier, La Jolla, California | Photos by Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
“The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli.” – George Costanza
When I caught my first glimpse of the surf conditions on the morning of the Paipo Stokefest, that Seinfeld quote was the first thing that popped into my head. It was an odd thought too because the ocean was far from angry, with only a few knee-high dribblers there to greet the dozens and dozens of alternative surf craft enthusiasts. This was the second time I’ve attended an event like this and exactly like the first one in Leucadia a few months ago, the swell seemed nowhere near as important as the stoke …which was double-overhead at least.
The photos that follow represent a tiny sliver of what was happening in the water that morning. Up and down the beach, friends and strangers-but-soon-to-be-friends rode waves together. The look on the faces of paipo boarding first-timers was classic as they soon realized that the boards would make even a simple whitewater ride a blast. I can’t remember every ride but one of my favorites was Kaley Swift’s unexpected (but pulled) side-slip 180. I also quite enjoyed the Sally Edwards/Glenn Sakamoto sequence shown below (hahaha, sorry Glenn!).
For those of you who haven’t attended one of these paipo/handplane/alaia/whomping events before, keep your eyes open for the next one in your area (bookmark The Paipo Society for the latest info). I can’t guarantee there will be swell, but I absolutely promise you’ll rediscover the true spirit of riding waves. – Chris Grant
* All of the images below are clickable if you’d like to check out larger sized ones
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