Thick Alaia

Check out how thick the alaia is in this video. It definitely seems slower in trim than the Wegener-style alaia. On the other hand, it clearly floats a lot better than the wafer-thin Wegener alaias. Maybe the thick alaias could be winter boards (since you can float out of the cold water) and the thin ones could be for the summer?


Anonymous said...

As far as I can see, this guy's board isn't really what people would want to ride- the rails are too fat and round. You get control with sharp rails. If he gave the board some roll, sharpening the rails, it would probably ride a lot better. I have made two alaias and am making more. One of them has hard rails, but not that sharp, and it slides out a lot more than the other one.

Nice videos on your site. That papau new guinea one rocks!

Matt said...

Thanks for the comment, Anon. I agree the board is interesting. Clearly very little speed, and now that you mention it, I agree that control could be an issue. Having seen Wegener alaias, I did notice that the rails were sharper than I expected.