Thursday, 31 January 2008

Friction free

If surfing's 'retro' movement is played out and has become part of the ebb and flow of contemporary things, then we're all very lucky. With creative minds like Tom Wegener creating finless Alaia boards in Noosa for a new generation of surfers looking for an unsullied experience, and people like Derek Hynd promoting the disapearance of the fin as a return to the roots of wave-riding, there's never been a more interesting time to be a surfer. I'll be sticking to my skegs for the forseeable, but take a look at Loose-Fit's nice new site for more inspiration and great pictures of these ancient Hawaiian designs being ridden. Jon and the guys import boards from Mr Wegener himself, as well as Paulownia blanks. More on Paulownia wood later.

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