Alaia Surf Contest?

Someone should organize an alaia surf contest.  Or, in keeping with the natural flavor of alaias, an expression session.  The prizes could be sytlish sculptures carved from wood.  You could also set up a nearby "green" fair and marketplace.  I'd do it myself if I had some free time, but as you can see it is difficult enough for me to try and update this blog once a week or so.

If you are in the San Diego area, I bet Patagonia-Cardiff would sponsor such an event since that shop is the source for all things alaia in San Diego.

The hardest part would probably be coming up with the judging rules and finding judges.  What is a 10-point ride?  Repeated la-la slides down the face of a wave?  Five 360s in rapid succession?  A one-second barrel?  And then, where do you find judges who understand the difficulty of certain maneuvers?  Since this style of surfing is in a renewed infancy right now, people who surf an alaia that well should be in the event, not judging it.

Anyhow, if you organize one, let me know.  I'll give you free advertising space.


Alaias and the fairer sex

I have not seen in person any women riding alaias.  Is the alaia trend a boy thing?  I don't see why it would be.  I know Kassia Meador rides one (see the picture above that I grabbed from her blog).  In one of KM's blog posts, she mentions a French ROXY slider named PANDORA, so I assume PANDORA is a woman.

There is also a video that has a part in it where Carissa Moore tries an alaia:

But, aside from these pros, I have note seen any women riding these things where I live in San Diego. Am I not looking hard enough? Are any women riding these things?  Are any women out there shaping their own alaias?


What is evolution, really?

A question to contemplate as we begin 2010: what is evolution as applied to surfboard design?

Does your opinion of the value of Progress depend on your state of mind?