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Gliding Gilbert -- 7/18/98
But just this July (1998) after a fun session at Diamond Head, I talked story with the very same guy. His name is Gilbert Lum, and he’s a local paipo boarder who’s been experimenting with hydrofoils for many years.
Gilbert has been using parts of broken surfboards and been putting together fiberglassed "paipo/body boards" with various foil configurations. His latest board has a beautiful green finish with a concave foil set six inches below the board. Total cost: about $40 in materials.
He frequents Populars and other Waikiki spots, but loves Diamond Head the best, favoring waves in the 2-3 foot (Haw’n) range. Gilbert claims that at that size, he can easily outrun longboarders. He said the board takes a bit of getting used to, but the hydrofoil works well, lifting the board out of the water during full trim speed.
So the next time you see a paipoboarder coming at you with his board levitated out of the water, get out of the way. It’s probably Gilbert, a true innovator in surfing. By the way, Gilbert is 73 years young.
Aloha from Paradise,