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 Post subject: Building an alaia, how too
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:16 pm 
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After seeing a vid of a guy kiting an alaia I'm pretty keen on making one. I've had a look around on the Internet and there are some vague guides. Does anyone know a good guide for a guy who doesn't have the slightest clue on how to build boards. Or do anything practical whatsoever.

Also seen a lot on shaping, I'm going to use this for light wind kiting so need advice on what shape and dimension it needs to be. I'm 6 ft 3 and 80kg. Help would really be appreciated before i glue a piece of wood to my leg. Cheers.


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 Post subject: Re: Building an alaia, how too
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:24 pm 
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Naish Alaia $269 ready to ride.
http://kiteboarding.com/proddetail.asp?prod=naish_alaia
Perfect for you, based on your description of your skills with wood.


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 Post subject: Re: Building an alaia, how too
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:43 pm 
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Oldnbroken wrote:
Naish Alaia $269 ready to ride.
http://kiteboarding.com/proddetail.asp?prod=naish_alaia
Perfect for you, based on your description of your skills with wood.


Yeah they look good, but like most 18 year old kitesurfers I'm broke because I spent my money on cable parks and beer. So this is a cheap alternative for light wind days. Also I'm not that bad with wood in a non sexual manor. Plus my mate will give me a hand if I help him build one too so I'm sure we will work it out if some one gives me some more info :D


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 Post subject: Re: Building an alaia, how too
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:56 pm 
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I was like you and went straight to the shop. Paulownia is to expensive to have a second chance.


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 Post subject: Re: Building an alaia, how too
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:16 am 
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elliott george wrote:
Oldnbroken wrote:
Naish Alaia $269 ready to ride.
http://kiteboarding.com/proddetail.asp?prod=naish_alaia
Perfect for you, based on your description of your skills with wood.


Yeah they look good, but like most 18 year old kitesurfers I'm broke because I spent my money on cable parks and beer.
So this is a cheap alternative for light wind days.
Also I'm not that bad with wood in a non sexual manor. Plus my mate will give me a hand if I help him build one too so I'm sure we will work it out if some one gives me some more info.
I guess I was believing the part where you said "for a guy who doesn't have the slightest clue on how to build boards, or do anything practical whatsoever".
Anyway, now is as good a time as any to learn something.
The instructions on the web and Youtube are pretty detailed.
Search: Build an Alaia kiteboard, and build an Alaia.
Here is a good place to start, which includes a PDF of the exact dimensions.
http://waterlust.org/Woodsled_files/Wat ... Manual.pdf
I don't believe you will save money on your first build, after buying the wood, glue, glass and resin.. then buying (or borrowing) the power tools, hand tools and clamps.
But you will learn a lot, which can never be bad.
Less beer...more books. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Building an alaia, how too
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:07 am 
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here are the dimensions of the naish alaia. I took them for a member of www.spainkiters.com
As I dont know if it is possible to post here an excel file, I decided to create a post in my blog:
http://tejonpadrekitesurf.blogspot.com. ... sions.html
I´m not professional shaper, but hope it helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Building an alaia, how too
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:53 am 
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You might want to check out this thread.

viewtopic.php?f=107&t=2378045

I posted up what I did on page 2. You don't need to buy expensive paulownia if you don't have the means. I made mine with 1" pine from Home Depot and just put one layer of glass on the bottom. It came out really nice and it rides awesome! Not bad for one weekend's work. My all time favorite for light wind and smooth water. It never fails to start a conversation either.

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 Post subject: Re: Building an alaia, how too
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:02 am 
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make it bigger than the naish alaia.
you won't be sorry you did, if you plan to use it in light wind.


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 Post subject: Re: Building an alaia, how too
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:35 pm 
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That waterlust website looks good, ill use that to build my board. I think I'll use the alaia dimensions that sindarloto posted but i think I'll scale it up slightly for a bit more light wind performance. Ill post my success, or fail depending on what happens. Cheers for the help guys


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 Post subject: Re: Building an alaia, how too
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:29 pm 
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elliott george wrote:
That waterlust website looks good, ill use that to build my board. I think I'll use the alaia dimensions that sindarloto posted but i think I'll scale it up slightly for a bit more light wind performance. Ill post my success, or fail depending on what happens. Cheers for the help guys


well it depends on your weight.
I´m 90 kgs and with a 2011 kahoona 13,5 I can go upwind with barely 10-11 knots. But I have to admit that from 13-14 knots this board is happier.
try it, its a really fun board.


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