Patagonia with Jon Wegener

Patagonia with Jon Wegener

  Jon Wegener will be spending a weekend at Patagonia Cardiff leading a paipo workshop! (Sometimes standing up is overrated.) The workshop has limited space, so Jon is collecting registrations at jswegener@yahoo.com or 310.938.9440. The class—paipo included—costs $400, with $25 of each sale going to support Save The Waves in...
Jon Wegener Video: Human

Jon Wegener Video: Human

Jon Wegener’s handcrafted alaia (Ah-LIE-ah) boards pay homage to surfings early days — reaching all the way back to the sport’s Polynesian roots. He’s a craftsman, open to new ideas while being reverent of the old ways. Every board he shapes is a reminder that surfing is about more than...
The Wegener Dynamo

The Wegener Dynamo

The Dynamo: 5’4”-6’2.”  The ultimate short board. It’s bottom contour, fin set ups, and width all combine to generate speed. It’s round template make it very loose. These attributes blend together to create the ability to do the maneuvers you imagine yourself doing. The design is smooth and forgiving, and...
Wegener in Maine

Wegener in Maine

Jon Wegener took his bag of woodworking tools to the East Coast to conduct a surfboard workshop in a joint collaboration with Grain Surfboards. An annual event, participants sign up for a workshop that gives them the skills to create their own board. When class was finished for the day,...
The New Bluegill

The New Bluegill

Shawn Parkin recently photographed shaper Jon Wegener and Josh Rothman riding The New Bluegill at Swamis. Learn more about The Bluegill here.    
Korduroy + Wegener

Korduroy + Wegener

Korduroy.tv and Jon Wegener teamed up to create a line of handplanes under The Surfcraft Collective label. Here are some images from the recent Handplane Hoedown. Handplanes can be purchased here. Photos courtesy James Campbell/Korduroy.tv
Sustainability

Sustainability

A lot changed for Jon when he was introduced to Alaias and Paipos. The traditional concepts on what made a surfboard function, and what materials were best for making surfboards were all challenged by these seemingly flat pieces of wood that surf so well! The ride… and more importantly the...
About Jon Wegener

About Jon Wegener

Jon Wegener grew up, began surfing and shaping in Southern California. He has been shaping since 1987 and has dreamed of doing nothing else except surfing and shaping ever since. After his college years in San Diego, he returned to Hermosa Beach, CA and began to work on his passion...
Interview with Jon

Interview with Jon

What was your life like growing up? I grew up here in the South Bay and my brothers were a big influence on me. They were older than me so I would tag along whenever they went to the beach. I’m the youngest – my brother Tom is five years...
Latest entries
Pizazz

Pizazz

“They have… PIZZAZZ!” Pizzazz:  n. Informal. 1. Dazzling style; flamboyance; flair. 2. Vigorous spirit; energy or excitement. That’s how Jon Wegener describes the surfboards he creates. In 2005, when Jon started making Alaias and Paipos, the lid was blown wide open on Pandora’s box and he has been possessed with the spirit of experimentation ever...
The Glide

The Glide

How to describe the indescribable?   When I was first asked to write a description of the glide you get on an alaia, all I could think of was… magic. So I took the boards out again and tried to articulate what makes these boards so special.  The first thing you notice is the speed…these...
Alaia Riding Tips

Alaia Riding Tips

For a few people, learning to ride the alaia comes very quick and naturally. For the rest of us it takes a commitment and practice. People often ask us for tips on how to ride an alaia. So we thought that we would share some pointers that you might find helpful. Keep in mind that...