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    Wood is Good (Pt. 4) - Tom Wegener’s Alaia Surfboards

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    Here it is, the final installment of Tom Wegener's "Wood is Good" talk at Patagonia Cardiff and what a treat this series has been (see parts 1, 2 & 3). The footage of Dave Rastovich in today's chapter is mind blowing.

    Though far from mainstream, Alaias are here to stay. A co-worker of mine in Ventura is super stoked on his, and Dan Malloy rides his as well as anyone I've seen. The boards can be found at Patagonia Cardiff and Tom Wegener Surfboards. Budding shapers can order Paulownia wood blanks from Tom's brother's site and make their own Alaias, like this high school shop class in Queensland.

    Our thanks go out to Tom Wegener, Devon Howard, the staff at Patagonia Cardiff and the video crew: Ian O'Roarty, Roy Coffman, Dan Dixon and Dylan Cooper. This video, and many more, can be found on our Blip.tv and YouTube channels, including the "Wood is Good" playlist. Please tell your friends and share with your favorite surf blogs. Also, stay tuned for more Alaia footage in Thomas Campbell's upcoming film, The Present. Happy holiday surfing everybody.

    Wood is Good (Pt. 3) - Tom Wegener’s Alaia Surfboards

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    Previously: Part 1 and Part 2. We'll conclude the series tomorrow. Visit Patagonia Cardiff or Tom Wegener Surfboards to see the boards. With thanks to Devon Howard. 

    Wood is Good (Pt. 2) - Tom Wegener’s Alaia Surfboards

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    See Part One of the series for an introduction to Tom by Devon Howard and to watch the first chapter of the video. Visit Patagonia Cardiff or Tom Wegener Surfboards to see the boards.

    Wood is Good (Pt. 1) - Tom Wegener’s Alaia Surfboards Video Series

    Img_1186 Devon Howard, manager of Patagonia's Cardiff Surf Shop, has put together another stellar event for his customers – and recorded it for all of us who couldn't be there in person. Tune in each day, from now until Monday, as we bring you Tom Wegener's talk at Patagonia Cardiff. The first video of the four-part "Wood is Good" series is embedded after the jump. Here's Devon with some background on Tom:

    We often hear surfers professing how we've pretty much seen and done it all when it comes to board design. But don't tell that to my friend, ex-pat surfer/shaper Tom Wegener. Over the past four years he's been putting nearly all of his efforts on a now-much-talked about design with roots that span back a thousand years – the alaia.

    According to Wegener, this historical Hawaiian surfcraft – which appears to be little more than a flat piece of wood in the shape of an ironing board – may not only be the most enviro friendly surfboard available today, it might be part of one of surfing's next big leaps in modern board design.

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