“Chad Marshall and Scott Anderson have been working together since surfboards were neon. In the past year Scott’s been working on some weird new designs and Chad gets to play test pilot.”
An alaia (pronounced: ah-LIE-ah) is a thin, round-nosed, square-tailed surfboard ridden in pre-20th centuryHawaii. The boards were between 7 and 12 ft (2.1 and 3.7 m) long, weighed up to 100 lb (45 kg), and were generally made from the wood of Acacia koa. They are distinct from modern surfboards in that they have no ventral fins.
Modern alaias are 5’ to 12’ long and are the larger version of the Paipo board, used for knee or belly surfing, and the smaller version of the Olo board, generally between 18’ and 24’ long. All of these board types are similar in that all are made of wood and are ridden…
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