I just built these two alaias recently. Inspired by Tom Wegenger. The first one I made was the 5′ out of an old oak and pine laminate desk top a friend had found. The 7′ alaia is made out of marine grade plywood. Both alaias finished with boiled linseed oil.
The 5′ alaia is too small for me to surf, but it’s really fast to ride prone with fins, and is possible to kneeboard too. I can’t wait to take the 7′ one out on a good day with nice peeling waves. It’s been mostly windswell lately, with nasty closeout beachbreaks. I took the 7′ alaia out in a lumpy beachbreak swell and stood up for a few fun short fast rides. I can’t wait to take it out in smoother clean peeling waves! Both boards are 3/4″ thick, with roughly 1/4″ rails. The 5′ is 17″ wide and weighs 8 pounds. The 7′ is 16 1/4″ wide. It probably weighs around 12 – 14 pounds. It weighs 17 pounds! We’re talking old school. Ancient Hawaiian Surfrider Old School.