I have shaped about 20 surfboards over the years but this is my first alaia.  As I was working on it I tried to involve my two kids as much as possible.  They both did a lot of sanding and we even went to the Bishop Museum to research the design. I took the board to surf club today, this clip is of two of the boys from Halau Nalu riding it, I think they did an amazing job for their first time.

Alia Surf Board Hawaii from Mark Lee on Vimeo.


  1. there are so many things i love about this video. a. the french music in hawaii b. the surfboard kind of looks like the top of a coffin c. you are one talent beast.

    hope all is well man!

  2. We named our second girl Alia but I had no idea it was a type of surfboard. That makes me SO much more happier we named her that. That board is awesome Mark and that video made me miss home! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow! Wow! WOW! That has got to be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, Mark. Great work on that board bro! SO RAD!

  4. Kahia said ” It’s like I was surfing in France.” Great little clip Mark.

  5. radness. seriously, so cool. we really want to make some hand planes, maybe we can all work together?
    and now i am really kicking myself for not going to the beach that afternoon, but i thought it was too cold. i am a wimp.
    and, thanks for the help the other day.

  6. For those who don’t know Kahia, his is the second surfer in the clip, I am still just blown away that they could surf this finless board so well.

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