Final thought… Those who grew up bodysurfing in the 1970s and ’80s share fond memories of gathering at “Walls” in Waikiki, Sandy Beach, Waimea Bay or Pounders for a long day of wave-riding and hanging out. Back then, the rich kids used expensive hand-boards to help catch waves, while others “borrowed” plastic trays from McDonald’s and Jack in the Box for the same purpose. Then there were those who simply used their “rubbah-slippahs,” straight from their feet, onto their hands and into the ocean.
In 2011, the old tradition came back in the inaugural Da Hui Waimea Bay Shorebreak that featured a division called, “The Kanaka Style Rubbah-Slippah Hand-Board Division.” Competitors were required to use “rubbah-slippahs” on their hands to catch waves. The event triggered old memories and big laughs.
Yes, the same “rubbah-slippahs” we all leave at the door.