Sea(cret) Santa (21 Days): Surfing Really Old School Style – Wegener Surfboards

An Australian, Tom Wegener, third from right, helped revive the alaia. Photo by Thomas Campbell for NY Times

Tough times bring us back to simplicity and alaias seem to be an illustration of that. There’s a great article in today’s NY Times about this ancient style of surfboard which is currently experiencing a renaissance. (Ancient Surfboard Style Is Finding New Devotees by Jamie Brisk, Dec. 4, 2009)

Tom and Jon Wegener make alaias and when you visit their website one of the first things you see is this quote from Giorgio Armani that has nothing to do with surfing:

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Wegener alaias are clearly as much about art as sport.

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Wouldn’t one of these look good under your Christmas tree?