Have you ever wanted to learn how to surf an alaia - the hawaiian wooden surfboard that goes back thousands of years? You won’t regret it if you do!
Here are 5 tips from Remi Petersen to help you transition from surfing the contemporary shortboard to the ultra-fun, ancient yet fresh, alaia surfboard.
- Make sure you have the right alaia. If you are starting, get one which is about 4-6 inches bigger then yourself and half an inch wider then your average short board. This will help with paddling the alaia which is very different from a paddling a shortboard.
- Riding an alaia front-side is a lot easier and more fun to start off. You want a wave which starts of slow and runs down the line with out to many sections. This will enable you to get a feeling for how the alaia surfs differently.
- Don’t force anything. From the take off till the end of your ride, all you want to do is guide the board.
- Keep a low center of gravity. The weight should be changing from your back to your front foot. When the tail starts sliding, shift it to the front; and when you are taking a late drop or about to pearl, lean back as far as possible.
- Use the waves wall to grab onto to help you stay in control of the board and allow you to turn with out sliding out.