The somewhat legendary young man pictured here with his take on a traditional Alaia board is James Kamo; Surfer, skater, designer, photographer, animator... a general all round creative genius.
In his spare time in california James has been working on this beautifully crafted Alaia.
"...they're wooden boards coated with linseed oil. The hawaiians used to ride them 100s of years ago and they're starting to get popular again because of modern surfers, Tom and John Wegener. Typically they're very thin finless boards made out of paulownia wood. Paulownia's good since it's lighter, strong and already semi waterproof. The linseed oil coating is far better for the environment than resin and fiberglass which is used on conventional surfboards."
The board, as you can see is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and truly pulls the essence of surfing back to its roots. Check out James developments and creative wonderments at:
If you are interested in learning more about your surfboards carbon footprint visit T. C Schultz's 'Cradle to the Grave' project:
Or if you're interested in investing in a squeaky green Alia check out Tom Wegener's sit at: