Alaia Round Tail Coming Full Circle
I made a Alaia recently for a customer who wanted a round tail. I wasn't sure how it was going to work , but he wanted to try it. As I was making it, I was reminded of an article in The Surfers Journal, vol.15 issue 5 called Aloha Washington. The article describes the formation of a logging camp spearheaded by Ralph Emerson and Wilfred Dole (of the pineapple family). Dole, being raised in Hawaii was an avid surfer and knew how to build boards. So he built some, similar to the one's he was using in the islands and he and Ralph surfed them in Washington. All of this happened around 1902, before George Freeth and it got me thinking, maybe this shape is a lost branch of alaia design.