Stubby Alaia; Alaia as Bodyboard

This may be the direction that alaias take as far as the general population. While people who don't know how to surf will likely not be predisposed (or even able) to learn to surf on an alaia, it seems lots of people might like the speed and maneuverability of the shorter alaias.

Check out this video.


Alaia Shaping Video

The video below may not be a paint-by-numbers video, but if you know woodworking basics, you can probably figure out everything you need to do by watching this video. The only thing left out is the linseed oil coating process.

Props to Woodensurfboards for the find; and to Charles Loiselle for putting it together.


Reader Comment

"Kahi" posted a comment to my Boiled Linseed Oil post, and included a link to the following video, which apparently shows him surfing a pine alaia. Here is the description from the YouTube page:

Roscoe shaped me this alaia, been riding it for about a month and am completely hooked. When the surf is smaller all I ride is this thing. Its made of pine, 5'8", 1" thick, tapered rails, and a single concave. It used to be a 6'6" but we cut about a foot off of it so it would fit in my board bag. Glad to say it still works. Jeffreys Bay is unreal, this place is awesome. Thanks to Louise and Rich Hambloch for filming.

Here is the video: