The resurgence of finless surfing started in Noosa when Jacob Stuth rode an alaia on the afternoon of March 5, 2005. He traversed across an open shoulder faster than anyone could have imagined on an Ancient Hawaiian alaia replica. Since then, the alaia has gathered a cult following around the world. The buzz you get from riding across an open wave is exhilarating, and many seasoned surfers have said that it brings back the grommet stoke of surfing all over again.
The downside of the traditional Hawaiian style wooden alaia is how difficult it is to paddle and get into waves. Competing for waves with other surfers can be disheartening on an alaia, and many shapers are currently working to capture the feel of the wood alaia with a more paddle-friendly foam board.