Sally Edwards. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

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 😉 Kaley Swift and Micah Wood, Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Glenn Sakamoto. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Glenn Sakamoto. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Glenn Sakamoto and Sally Edwards. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Kaley Swift. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Angie Oschmann. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Cher Pendarvis. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Andrew Quinn and Kaley Swift. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Sally Edwards. Paipo Stokefest, Scripps Pier, La Jolla, February 17, 2013. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
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Whomp-O-Rama Roundup with Christine Brailsford. Interview & Event Photos.

Whomp-O-Rama Roundup with Christine Brailsford - Photos by Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com
I can't recall where or when I first learned of the Whomp-O-Rama event but if I had to guess, it was probably through paipo-devotee, Glenn Sakamoto of Liquid Salt Magazine. I haven't had experience with handplanes other than the rubber flip-flops we used back in the 1970's for the same purpose. I truly didn't know what to expect at the event. Upon arriving at Beacons Beach in Leucadia, I discovered a crew of fun-loving individuals of all ages sharing waves, trying each other's rides, and enjoying a session the likes of which I can't readily recall. It's been about a month since that day and I can still hear the laughter and see the smiles. If you ever see one of these events pop up on Facebook or wherever, take advantage of it. It's a guaranteed fun time! To get the scoop on the Whomp-O-Rama, we met up with Whomp Handplanes owner, Christine Brailsford (pictured below), for her thoughts on the event. Christine Brailsford, Whomp Handplanes.  Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Jettygirl: Unlike many corporate backed beach demo’s, the Whomp-O-Rama had a distinctly relaxed flavor to it. We didn’t hear one bad comment, see any stink-eye, or witness anyone being vibed in any way. To the contrary, it was a pleasant surprise to see everyone smiling, hooting each other into waves, and even sharing rides. Tell us about the day. Christine Brailsford: I'll admit.. I was nervous for a few days before the event. The forecast looked bleak with no swell, scattered rain, and onshore wind. I decided to still hold the event anyway with my fingers crossed. It was a crisp morning and turned out to be perfect conditions. A super high tide, zero wind, and 3-5 foot swell made fun little pockets and barrels. An awesome group of whompers came to try boards, take photos, and hang out. I brought down some paipos (bellyboards) and handplanes for everyone to demo. It was nice to see so many faces, familiar and new, bobbing around, stoked in the surf and sharing waves. For a few hours, our group took over the break---everyone smiling, laughing, and hooting each other on. It was definitely a memorable day. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com. We saw a variety of shapes and tail designs on handplanes. Due to the small planing surface of a handplane, are the designs purely aesthetic or can you tell a difference between the different tails and outlines when riding a wave? Using a handplane allows you to catch waves easier and plane down the line faster. There are many variables when choosing the right handplane for the right conditions. The main focus with my designs is flex. Flex allows the board to twist for a more natural feeling, like bodysurfing without a handplane. The design of the tails and foil contribute to this flex function. The different size models work similar to different sizes of surfboards: • Larger planes (18"-19") work well in softer surf or for bigger riders. • Medium planes (14"-15") are great all around boards for most conditions and riders. • Small planes (11" and below) are good for hollower waves. They're also great for kids and hobbits. A paipo is probably the fastest wave riding craft. Catching a wave is much like a bodyboard, but very different in other ways. Instead of floating on the surface of the wave, the rail edge is hard and buried in the wave. This creates ultimate planing speed. The tapered rail acts as a "fin", allowing controlled bottom turns. The bottom of my paipos have a single concave and rolled hull nose entry. The size of the paipos are based on the height, weight, and ability of its rider. If someone wanted to get in touch with you to have a handplane shaped, what is the process like since each one is so unique? If you are interested in a custom or stock handplane or paipo, you can contact me via email at whomphandplanes@gmail.com for ordering information, general questions, or for a list of local retailers. You can also check out my boards and work on my photo blog at whomphandplanes.tumblr.com. Any parting thoughts, influences, or shout-outs? I want to thank everyone for their continued support. I'm stoked to be able to share what I do with others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart :). Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Christine Brailsford, Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine. Whomp-O-Rama with Christine Brailsford. Whomp Handplanes. Surf photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Additional Resources: Whomp Handplanes - 100% hand-made handplanes, paipos, fins, and surfboards by Christine Brailsford Wegener Surfboards - surfboards and alaias shaped in Encinitas by Jon Wegener Liquid Salt Magazine - celebrating the culture of surfing
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