I hope these videos will assist you in making your board.

Finished Kite Alaia showing logo on the nose of the board
Finished Kite Alaia showing the logo that we created on the nose of the 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.

Swept rails of the Kite Alaia
Kite Alaia showing swept rails at the mid-section of the board

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.

Nose & tail details fo the finished Kite Alaia
Finished Kite Alaia showing nose and tail details of the board

No fin, single fin, twinzer or tri-fin? Personally, I prefer the twinzer & tri-fin setups but they all work 😉

Alternative swallow tail shape with tri-fin set up

What about channels in the hull?  Well, I prefer to use concaves because they are so much easier to glass-up.

Concave nose detail featuring hardwood rails

On the creative front there’s no shortage of things that you can do:

Hardwood tail-bumpers can add to the beauty of your Kite Alaia

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.

A selection of Kilaia’s with various different non-slip solutions, 3D Cork, Self-Adhesive Vinyl and Surf Wax

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.

Greg Reemers, Kitesurf Coach testing the Kilaia Kiteboard that we made in the tutorial videos
Greg testing the Kite Alaia board that we’ve made in the tutorial videos

This is Chris Middleton signing off, thanks for your interest, stay-safe & tight-lines.

Chris Middleton

Chris Middleton

Hello, I'm an Englishman living in Montpellier, France. I've been kiting and shaping boards for over 20yrs. I’m super stoked to share my knowledge via these DIY self-build Kilaia pages with you.

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