Everything you need to make an alaia surfboard

JB’s Hollow, Alaia-Inspired Board

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JB sent me these images from his home in France where he recently made a hollow, alaia-inspired surfboard. His design was inspired largely by the Seaglass Tuna and he used techniques he learned from Roy Stuart.  JB’s...

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Shaping A Finless Board At Shaper Studios

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Although this board is finless, it is a far cry from the ancient alaia. Inspired by Derek Hynd and other innovators who are pushing the progression of finless surfing, I came up with a...

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Building a Grain Surfboard Kit at Home

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Grain Surfboards is a company based in York, Maine that produces wooden surfboards from local, sustainable softwoods.        They’ve refined their own methods based on time-tested boatbuilding construction techniques.  In addition to creating...

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DIY Fails: Spontaneous Combustion

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Sometimes the best way to learn how to do something is to learn how NOT to do it first.  “DIY Fails” is a series of posts that share some of the pitfalls of doing...

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MENGEI International Museum “Surf Craft” Exhibit

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The MENGEI International Museum “Surf Craft” Exhibit explores the evolution of surfboard design from historical and cultural perspectives.  “The design paradigm presented in this exhibition has its deepest roots in finless wooden planing craft like the...

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DIY Fails: “Just The Tip”

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DIY Fails: “Just The Tip” Sometimes the best way to learn how to do something is to learn how NOT to do it first.  “DIY Fails” is a series of posts that share some...

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Beyond Wood: “Waste To Waves”

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No matter how much we love wood, foam and glass are here to stay.  Beyond Wood is a series of posts that explore environmentally responsible options for use of these toxic substances. “Waste To...

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