I hope these videos will assist you in making your board.
What I’ve tried to do is to give you a surefire easy method of making your own Kite Alaia. I build all of my KILAIA’s with Paulownia but you can also use Red and White Cedar. These lightweight woods are ideally suited for making Kite Alaia’s as they are hydrophobic and have a great strength-to-weight ratio.
Ply-wood is 65% heavier than Paulownia so the finished weight of the board we’ve made comes in at around 8kgs, whereas, a Paulownia board weighs 5kgs or less when you know what you’re doing. Remember, if you use any of these lightweight woods you will have to give each board a fiberglass skin and a hot-coat because without any additional fiber support the Paulownia has a tendency to split along the grain. As mentioned previously, we will be posting some additional videos about working with Paulownia and applying fiber-glass in the near future.
No fin, single fin, twinzer or tri-fin? Personally, I prefer the twinzer & tri-fin setups but they all work 😉
What about channels in the hull? Well, I prefer to use concaves because they are so much easier to glass-up.
On the creative front there’s no shortage of things that you can do:
Hand-cut marquetry, experimental graphics, adding wooden nose & tail bumpers.
Surface wood carving which removes even more weight and can provide a great non-slip deck solution.
Talking of which 3D machined cork, as a non-slip deck pad works extraordinarily well.
But I also use non-slip vinyl & regular surf waxes.
Below you can see the DIY Kilaia board in use that we’ve built – plus there is the crash test video here.
This is Chris Middleton signing off, thanks for your interest, stay-safe & tight-lines.