Sometimes, when you're messing around in the shop with some new ideas, you just never know how it's going to work out. One day, Mike got it into his head to use some of the scrap wood from our mill shop to make a new body board. Though our Paipo is a great performer, gracefully shaped using another variation of our hollow construction style, and with unreal contours all through it's short frame, Mike had a different idea. He started with some solid 3/4" thick stock, laminated thicker at the rails to create long side-runners that blend into the nose to create a small-wave, super lively ride that doesn't have all the complexity of a hollow board, but with just a few simple, effective features.
The board kicked around the shop for a couple of years, we took it out occasionally for some fun belly-boarding, and started lending it to whoever showed an interest. It wasn't anything we actually thought about building regularly until Scotty Stopnik was visiting with his pals Mikey DeTemple and Kassia Meador. Scotty took it out for some crazy transfer sessions off the nose of the Waterlog, and had a blast spinning 360's after jumping off his noseride. More than a year later, Keith Malloy had a few great sessions on it when he was here filming for an upcoming movie(stay tuned for more pics and upcoming movie release). Then our mail carrier, a habitual body-boarder, saw it and had us make her one.
That was the last straw... we updated the design a bit with a turned-up nose, some modifications to the construction, and dubbed it the Sea Sled after the runners that reminded us of the old Flexible Flyers we all used to have. Now we're shipping them to anyone that loves a good prone ride, and sees the value in a rugged surf toy that has all the beauty and longevity of wood. Check out the all new Sea Sled.