Way down in deepest darkest Hossegor, there is a new way of Surfing going down and it really is a quite mad! Fred Compagnon, has a real passion for riding finless boards and after discovering the delights of the Alaia board a little while back, he has now taken to riding it off the back of his Paddleboard.
Fred has foot straps fitted to his Alaia, that allow him to stand on top of the SUP and paddle around with ease. He then paddles into the waves and just at the critical moment, pops from his Paddleboard with the Alai strapped to him, and then procedes to carve the life out of the wave on his finless craft.
The Alaia board is similar in shape to the original Burton snowboards that fluro clad hipsters were riding back in the early 80’s and Fred makes the riding of the piece of wood without fins, look like a absolute doddle.
The concept is definitely a little bit out there and you have to feel for any unsuspecting sponger or swimmer a little bit nearer to shore, as the riderless SUP and missile like paddle career wildly to the beach! Take a look at Fred’s bizarre system below and let us know if you have attempted finless Surfing at any time, or would you hate to see this happening at a beach near you?