Re: What's up with alaias? What's your take?
Check out the SeaGlass (note, not seagrass!) Project started right here in Noosa. A modern take on the Alaia.
I had on one occasion surfed my longboard without the fin (It snapped off in the surf, and the surf was too good so I didn't want to go in). And it was actually a crazy fun experience - I can;t do any turns etc but I sure slide around like a pig in mud and had a great laugh.
I also found I can just about control my board using the rails - but it;s damn hard.
So one of these days I may even deliberately take my fin off and give it another go!