Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Return to a Simpler Way of Surfing | The surf world’s interest in alaias seems to have waned in the last few years. For a minute, they had a prominent spot in the sun, coming back into popularity after decades of surfboard evolution. The return to a simpler way of surfing–although an extraordinarily difficult way–came after more and more surfers started looking to the past for inspiration. Alaias were normally made from koa wood, and unlike the olo, a much larger, heavier board used only by Hawaiian royalty, were used by Hawaii’s 19th century surfers. Sometime around 2004, Tom Wegener began making alaias from paulownia wood, and the interest in surfing the finless, thin boards slowly gained steam. The clip above, taken from The Encyclopedia of Surfing, shows just how beautiful the return to a simpler form of surfing can be.