First time I rode an alaia was in late 2009, I rented it from wetsand for $5. I couldn't believe how fast you could go without pumping on a wave. You set your line and it takes off. Last year a good friend of mine Matt Wessen, gave me an alaia. Through the winter I was enjoying the board, in April I lost that alaia in Santa Cruz. Some people don't understand them, most people laugh at them, but I enjoy them.
This is a short video of Clay Wagner and myself shaping/riding an alaia.