There’s a reason why alaias fell out of vogue: because they’re are impossibly hard to ride. It’s a simple concept: just a piece of wood that slides around on a wave. For while, though, they were almost part of wave riding’s popular culture.
Generally between 7 and 12 feet long, alaias were ridden by ancient Hawaiians. With no fins, it’s a whole different beast. Those who figure out the nuances, though, swear by it. Alaias are like a lot of things in life: most things in life aren’t worth doing unless they mean effort, pain, or difficulty. Noa Ginella, a professional SUP surfer, is far more than a one-trick pony, as evidenced above.