Esther Williams’ Paipo Board
wide spot: 17-3/4
weight: 10 lbs.
The paipo board was meant for belly boarding waves, and this paipo belonged to one of the 20th Century’s most famous water women – Esther Williams. This board is from her personal collection, but she also put her name on a line of paipo boards that were popular in the 1940s. Williams continued to use her paipo even as she became a huge movie star. Although faded, you can still see the “Esther” on the nose — along with the remarkable similarity to the board in the studio portrait above.
Donated to CSM by Dan Pincetich Collection.