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´´
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
~ Kuntiqui Founder
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