Going Finless At Chopes Is A Major Flex - Stab Mag

Going Finless At Chopes Is A Major Flex

William Aliotti is all tube, no friction.

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Going finless at Chopes. As far as we can recall, this is a novel pursuit.

I’m sure some smart and thoughtful individual will correct me in the comments, however.

Regardless of whether or not he was first, we found William Aliotti’s efforts rather admirable, and it made us hope/wonder if similar results could be yielded on a day of more substantial surf. It seems Will was thinking just the same thing…

Stab: Tell us about the board. Who made it, how big is it, how long have you had it?
William Aliotti: Ryan Lovelace hand-shaped this rabbit foot asymmetrical, which can go only left (normally). I’m not sure about the size, I will ask Ryan. I’ve had it for almost a year now.

What made you want to start going finless? 
It’s all about pushing the limits and challenging myself. It’s pretty cool when you take off on this board, you never know what is going to happen. I also saw a few videos of Krooky and I really enjoy watching him surfing this board, sooo stylish!

Did it take you a while to figure it out or did it click right away?
It took me time to figure it out and find the right waves for it, that’s really important.

Is Teahupo’o a hard wave to ride finless?
Well at first, I was like no way this is too heavy and then the perfect day came! And I think I could take bigger waves. Once the rail is in, it’s on! I have some future challenges for this board and I can’t wait to try…


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