History of the Alaia, The ancient Hawaiian surfboard came in four types, the alaia was the board most suited for riding “curling” waves. Originally sized at over 9ft, the alaia was trimmed down over time to allow for more maneuverability and to accommodate different wave types. This was the most common board used by the ancient Hawaiians. Whether you surf or kiteboard, this Naish Alaia will give you a different perspective on both. Definitely a challenge, but super fun and environmentally friendly as well. Find out what the finalists said to the question, “How would you use an Alaia – Kiteboard or Surfboard?” and figure out which one you like best and vote for them on the Galactic Snow Sports Facebook page!
Voting begins at 12pm today on the Galactic Snow Sports Facebook Page, be sure to show your Action Sports Patriotism and vote!! (August 20th)
Andres Aguirre from Campbell, CA said, “I would use the alaia to share the aloha of he’e nalu. After all the alaia board is the epitome of he’e nalu (wave sliding). It would be also good fun to show the boys the old way of wave sliding and share another aspect of the polynesian culture with my children.”
Andrew Gradwohl from Doylestown, OH said, “I would take the surfboard to Ponce Inlet as soon as I move back to Florida and go out with my best friends that I haven’t seen in over two years. We used to go out all summer and surf various spots in Florida. It was always a great time with my friends. I cant wait to be back and having the Alaia would just top everything off.”
Daniel Maligro from Kealakekua, HI said, “I would use an alaia at our sandy beaches in Hawai’i…oodles of fun….I just saw some kite surfing in Washington state….was stoked to see guys ‘getting air’….and having a blast….and…I am an avid longboarder….totally “stoked” at 62……no excuses…..just do it…and have Fun!”
Jon Kiskinis from Rye, New Hampshire said, “I would put it on a pedestal and by pedestal I mean the biggest wave I can find in mother nature’s deep blue sea. Sliding across her curves in the only way an alaia can.”
Katelyn Tinker from Winter Springs, FL said, “With an Alaia I’ll be able to surf like a true Hawaiian. Eventhough I live in Florida, if i had an Alaia as I catch small mush I could imagine I’m getting barelled in Hawaii. Please help me achieve this day dream. .”
Kathleen Marler from Indialantic, FL said, “My 11 year old daughters’ passion is surfing! Her idol is Kelly Slater-we live in Florida and she surfs the same waters as he did. Her dreams, though, encompass her dad, as he grew up surfing in Hawaii, her mentor. Thus anything Hawaiian is coveted. I showed her a picture of – The Alaia style board – she said cool! And wants to try it – She’s only 11, but with her passion for surfing she’ll be a pro one day!”
Oscar Azevedo from South Lake Tahoe, CA said, “My friend just bought a kiteboard and said it was ridiculously hard to get started. I already think surfing is hard. Might as well go with the less of two harders!”
Vince Falcone from San Jose, California said, “I’d take it to Half Moon Bay and show the board to some huge waves at Mavericks….then after we both have an in depth convo about the trials and tribulations of big wave surfing we would then decide to take a drive down to Santa Cruz and surf some smaller waves!”
These are the Finalists! Be sure to get your Vote in at the Galactic Snow Sports Facebook Page, Help your fellow ASN Members out!!!!!!