From The New York Times:
Ancient Surfboard Style Is Finding New Devotees
It takes some getting used to, but the traditional Hawaiian flat-tailed wooden alaia offers surfers “magical” chances to commune with waves and history.
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pretty cool. that's what they ride in 'the present'. But check out that one pic - he's totally dropping in on some poor bloke. he's all for being a soul surfer and 'communing' with the ocean, just so long as he can still take any wave he wants without any respect haha!
Dec 5, 2009, 11:06 PM #3
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- Dec 2006
- Ocean City, MD
Thanks for the link
The short video attached to it is fun as well.
Dec 6, 2009, 01:00 AM #4
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- milton delaware
And I didn't catch that in the picture but dude totally dropped in, with a hundred pound wooden unleashed board none the less Still though I would like to try it, and would bet snowboarders would be more stoked by said style.
Also I found it funny that in the article the writer talks about how the boards are cheaper than their contemporary counterparts but then at the end of story quotes the prices around 600. This is cheaper?
Dec 7, 2009, 05:11 PM #7
I started with hand planes (for body surfing), now I'm working on a pineapple platter, then I start my alaia once I got the pineapple platter wired. It's fun and not too toxic (although I've been glassing up my hand planes to make them more "aesthetically pleasing"
one thing is for certain, it definitely looks like a lot of fun. wonder if they'd let us do it over the summer...