Monday, February 21, 2011

Surf Ulua in Mexico

Sal Smario sent me these photos from Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico.  This is a three seat stretched Ulua rigged for fun in the surf.  Notice the larger floatier ama with a flat bottom and plenty of rocker up forward, developed in Hawaii just for surfing.  For speed under sail a wave piercing ama shape is the way to go, unless you plan to sail down very steep waves a lot.
Sal plans to build two more Uluas.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wa'apa by Joao Rivera

Joao Rivera in Rio De Janeiro has been powering away on his Wa'apa project.  And for you builders out there, he is photographing every step of the way on his blog:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ulua by Bas Martens

Bas Martens recently launched his Ulua in Auckland, NZ.  The hull is strip planked Paulownia, a timber grown on plantations in Australia and New Zealand.  Paulownia is slightly lighter than cedar but heavier than balsa.
You can follow the project at his blog:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

South Carolina Wa'apa

Rich Taylor is a teacher in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and he helped his students to construct a Wa'apa canoe.  This is the kind of project I am most proud of because of the long term benefits for the young people involved.  It it something that they will not forget and will empower them to even more ambitious projects in the future.
Here's a video of the launching ceremony complete with a Hawaiian chief: