alaia

Tree to Sea

Here's a short movie by Barry Mottershead showing the handcrafting of an Alaia board from Paulownia wood. You'll usually find Barry crashing around on huge Iri...

Rumbles from the woodshed

After being inspired by Tom Wegner's hollow plywood alaia, dubbed the Tuna, Mark Roberts set about creating an alaia with his own unique board building method ...

Obeche

Paulownia is arguably the best and currently the most popular wood for alaias and paipos, but here in Europe it’s difficult to source and expensive.The anci...

So many boards

Shapers don’t talk to each other much. It’s a curious thing, and it seems to be a hangover from the dark ages of surfing (the late 1980s and 90s). Everybody mad...

Noosa round-up

“We have just experienced the best Noosa Festival of Surfing ever!” That’s what Bob McTavish said as he watched Noosa’s first point peel perfectly for hundreds ...

The La La Society

La La is the ancient Hawaiian word for alaia surfing. It is about sliding across the wave and then breaking trim into a sideslip or a cut back.(more&helli...