Kuntiqui Alaia
Kuntiqui Alaia

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This “Koukouk” is wider and thicker as usual Alaias and though perfect for less experienced surfers and Alaia beginners.

Ben Beal shaped a deep concave into the Alaia for great grip in the wave. It is made with high quality Paulownia wood and varnished with linseed oil. There is no fiber glass necessary.

There is a leash band glued into the board for a secure surf.

It is available in 5´10´´, 6´0´´, 6´2´´ or 6´4´´

Why Balsa?

The core of our surfboards, and therefore their main element, is Balsa wood (Ocroma Pyramidale). Balsa has been  used as a transport float in South America 1000 years before the bad ass Inka Empire. This plant is one of the fastest growing species, reaching a height of up to 10 meter and a diameter of 20-25 cm within 3-4 years.

The Balsa wood we use comes from a family farm, situated in the coastal region of Ecuador. The head of the farm and family is Don Zandoval. The Balsa trees are planted in a sustainable mixed cultivation program together with bananas, yuca, and beans.

"Balsa wood is a fast growing, sustainable and recyclable raw material, producing no toxic substances. Therefore it can safely be said, that the use of Balsa is a sustainable method of producing surfboard blanks."

~ Kuntiqui Founder

Balsa Production?

Since our balsa wood surfboards are exclusively handmade, the production process requires approximately six times as long as it takes to produce a conventional foam board.

The process begins with the sowing of the balsa seeds in Don Zandoval´s greenhouse and three months later continues with the planting between bananas, yucca and beans. It takes 3-4 years before the trees have grown to the sufficient height for harvesting. After they have been sliced into blocks they are transported by eco donkey. In the local climate of Ecuador the wooden blocks dry in about 2-3 months.

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