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Thread: Alaia Surfing

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    I ride alaias all the time in knee high waves and I love it. You may not look cool, but it feels awesome to lock in down the line going super fast. (That's just me)

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    Hey Xylem do you make paipos too?

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    Yes he does.

    http://www.xylemsurfboards.com/The-M...del-Paipo.html

    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    Hey Xylem do you make paipos too?

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    How heavy are alaias? A friend of mine has some extra redwood and I was thinking about trying to make one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nynj View Post
    Thank you sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenshiles View Post
    How heavy are alaias?
    My 6'6 x 17" x 3/4" paulownia weighs just over 9 lbs. I'm guessing that a similar-sized redwood would be 15+ lbs. I like the idea of combining wood and foam on an alaia though. I rode a Wegener Bluegill awhile back and it was the smoothest ride. The small fins help too. His is mostly foam though but I think the sweet spot would be 50/50. Or maybe slightly more wood. You should consider adding plugs for small removable fins which will considerably shorten the learning curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viajerodevida View Post
    My 6'6 x 17" x 3/4" paulownia weighs just over 9 lbs. I'm guessing that a similar-sized redwood would be 15+ lbs. I like the idea of combining wood and foam on an alaia though. I rode a Wegener Bluegill awhile back and it was the smoothest ride. The small fins help too. His is mostly foam though but I think the sweet spot would be 50/50. Or maybe slightly more wood. You should consider adding plugs for small removable fins which will considerably shorten the learning curve.
    6'6?!?!?! Ahhhh I always thoughts Alaias were sorta like mini Simmons, meant to be pretty short... You're dimensions seem supa fun. Genius

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    Attachment 8488

    Here are a couple I built. Sealed with linseed oil. Paulownia is the wood you want to use if you can find it. It really depends how "green" you want to go. A linseed combination is good and will keep the water out especially with paulownia but a thin coat of resin will do the same thing and you won't have to reapply it again.
    How long are those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdub View Post
    How long are those?
    They all look to be 7'+ which is longer than what the genius zone allows.

  10. EO'CO Alaia

    This is an Paipo/Alaia shape I am working with at the moment. Clear Composite Pine sealed with Urethane. They are available at a few surf shops for $150.00. I tried the classic rounded nose shape for a while and found it would constantly dig the wave side nose of the board into the face of the wave and slow me down.

    If you want to go fast in the barrel on a bodyboarding platform, Paipos are the way to go. Alaias need the right wave and a big learning curve.

    Don't fear a heavier board, they chatter less on the face in choppy conditions and do better in bigger surf.

    Paulownia is a much lighter wood but its tricky to sand as it varies in its hardness like other hardwoods. Its also expensive relative to more common woods and has crazy big knots you have to work around. Linseed oil has to be applied regularly. It makes a great and beautiful board when you are done with it. SP-6-7.jpg
    Last edited by BeachCruiser01; Dec 3, 2013 at 09:19 AM.

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