Welcome to Xylem Surfboards!
There are many others making alaias and paipos these days, there none that do it like Xylem.
Since 2008, Xylem Surfboards has been all about one thing: handcrafting top quality traditional Hawaiian alaias, paipos and Handplanes.
Hey, I'm Josh. I'm honored to have sprouted my company, Xylem Surfboards in the most beautiful place in the world, Hawaii. On the "Big Island", I was in a small Hawaiian town named Kapa'au. Out in the grass and under a tent, I began shaping an alaia and little did I know, this would be the first of many. From the moment of my first ride on a rustic half shaped alaia I couldn't believe what I felt. It was just so fast and so fun I had to figure it all out.
From that point, I became immersed in surfing's' ancient history. I dug up deep in history to experience surfing as it was when it first started and strip away all the unnecessary "modern stuff" and boil surfing down to its purest form: wood, water and (a human). I learned there's one more thing that I forgot to add to that list; stoke! I'm totally stoked for this way of surfing, and now, my goal is to share it with the world and I'm having the time of my life doing just that.
Xylem is now based in Wilmington, NC out by the atlantic. Although my family and I are no longer in Hawaii, I am more committed to making quality boards than ever.
And, just so you know:
All my boards are made to be ridden in any surf. Including the small, weak and mushy waves of North Carolina! You really don't need hawaiian waves to enjoy these boards! So it doesn't matter if you surf Malibu, Waimea or Wrightsville Beach, these boards will deliver an unforgettable experience. I make the greenest surf craft I can by using top quality solid Paulownia wood, no toxic chemicals and by utilizing recycled materials wherever possible. I run a super lean shop with a tiny garbage can.
And, in honor of the ancient Hawaiians, all boards are totally made by hand with absolutely no power tools!
This is an entirely different way to make surfboards and an entirely different way to enjoy the sea...
So, come on in, take your shoes off and have a look around.
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