Is shape important?
‘Everything is relative and that is absolute‘, quotes August Compte.
We know that anything can be kited because tables, fridge doors and crazy household objects have all been ridden at some point.
The images below (destruction testing a paulownia blank) demonstrate that you can ride an unshaped blank, providing it’s long & wide enough – no fins, no rail shape, no fiberglass!
However, the level of comfort and usability is most definitely questionable… Chris Middleton believes it’s important to know what you can and cannot do with a raw piece of wood. Hence the reason he goes to some crazy extremes from time to time.
The shape of a Kilaia is important if you want to have a board that feels responsive underfoot & has a superb level of comfort. Obviously, as we’ve demonstrated via the above images you can kite almost anything but if you want a Kite Alaia that is going to allow you to ride effortlessly – stick with something that has been tried and tested.