Archives for “wooden surfboard”

I took the Alaia out today for the first time. I had been surfing my longboard in about 5.5′ surf for over an hour and was anxious to run back to the car to get it. When I finally popped in the water with it I sunk like a stone. I spent the next 15 […]


Alaia Wooden Surfboard project: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 6b | Post 7 | Post 8 I’ve finished oiling the Alaia and all that’s left to do now is ride the thing. I had a lot of fun building the Alaia […]


Alaia Wooden Surfboard project: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 6b | Post 7 Thank you to my wife Jen for drawing the turtle, transferring it to the board and trusting me to burn it in. For those interested, I used a […]


Alaia Wooden Surfboard project: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 6b Minor update – life again overwhelms! The turtle was drawn on and will be burned this week. Looks great thanks to the wife! A friend sent this great trailer called ‘Tom’s […]


Alaia Wooden Surfboard project: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 Paulownia dust tastes like shit. I was smart enough to wear a respirator, but in between sips of beer it was bound to be tasted and digested. I consider it part of the “Alaia […]


Alaia Wooden Surfboard project: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case I think the words better do the talking because it’s difficult to capture the progress made with the concave in a photo. I haphazardly arrived […]


Alaia Wooden Surfboard project: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 Mini Post: I’ve begun sanding the concave, but it’s hard to tell in pictures so I’ll do that in the next update. I started with the belt sander and formed the shallow ‘V’ in the center of the board. The […]


Alaia Wooden Surfboard project: Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 Significant progress this weekend with the Alaia project. I cut the board to shape with a jigsaw, working in one direction. I said in the previous post that I wouldn’t cut the Stuth tail, but I had a change of heart. I like […]


Alaia Wooden Surfboard project: Post 1 | Post 2 It’s been hectic since I received the Alaia blank, but I plan to start on it in earnest this weekend and think I have a plan of attack (thanks in large part to Jon Wegner’s suggestions via email)… Standard Finley tail in favor of the Stuth […]


In an attempt to experience a spiritual awakening like an ancient Hawaii commoner, I decided to try and build and surf a wooden Alaia surfboard (OK, well at least build one). Traditionally a 10-12 foot fin-less board that in ancient times were made from Ula and Koa trees, my Alaia will be about 7 feet […]