Recently embarked on alaia project and was lucky enough to have our good friend and talented shaper Steve Croft of http://www.empiresurfboards.com/ to come around to shape it. Decided to build it from Obeche timber due to it's similarity to paulownias and it ease of availability in the UK, you can read a little article I wrote for Drift about the timber here http://www.driftmagazine.co.uk/index.php/archives/6392#more-6392. The finished board looks great but it seems we fell into the trap many have fallen into and made it too thick, so it is not flexing enough.
At the moment, Alexa and I are in France on three week trip. We have so far scored some fun waves whilst exploring Crozon in Brittany, checked the beautiful and chic wine producing town of St Emillion, surfed Hossegor with Dave Rastavich and lucked into scoring perfect point surf in the Basque Country. The weather has been perfect as the waves but now we are sitting out a little storm.