Sunday

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?

2 comments:

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.

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