History is repeated at Sandy

Teal Nippard and his hand-crafted Alaia surfboard.
Teal Nippard and his hand-crafted Alaia surfboard. Trevor Veale

TEAL Nippard had heads turning when he took to the surf at Sandy Beach last week.

As he did 360-degree spins and slashed through the waves, he outshone his more conventional surfing cousins.

Teal was riding one of his hand-crafted Alaia surfboards modelled on an old Hawaiian design.

The former pro-body boarder has mastered the Alaia and now handcrafts his own label, Craft Surfboards.

He said the board was more difficult to ride than a conventional one because it was not as buoyant but once he had overcome that, it was more manoeuvrable and faster than a regular board.

Teal says he always enjoys riding the board because it makes him part of the history of surfing, beginning with the Hawaiians who were first documented wave riding in 1778 when Captain Cook sailed into the islands.

“(When you) are riding an Alaia, you will start to feel the same joy that the ancient Polynesians experienced,” he said.

“You begin to realise they had invented a surfboard that resembles snowboarding on water and is progressive and almost futuristic in its nature.”

The boards are available locally at the Water, Surf Art Cafe at the Jetty.

Phone Geoff Killip for details on 0428 998 007 or visit

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