Big Island board builder Gary Young’s Alaia Lite, made with the recycled foam core from old surfboards, and covered with a wood composite veneer featuring koa, kaimani and albizia. Whereas a vintage alaia could tip the scale at 100 pounds, a six-foot-six Alaia Lite weighs a mere six pounds.
Made by Lon Klein of Haleiwa Surfboard Co. and available at Martin & MacArthur, the board is crafted from koa and other hardwoods, such as mango and monkeypod. Its hollow-core construction draws on techniques used to make string instruments and airplane wings. If a cello and the Sopwith Camel had a surf baby, this is what it would look like.