" I was never watching what everyone else was doing...I was watching the surfers and the natural world around me. Their movements showed me what was missing.. I was always looking for the next wave..The Next Move."-Ben Aipa
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Ben Aipa "Da Hook"
Legendary Hawaiian Surfer/Shaper Ben Aipa came to Futures to have his iconic fin "Da Hook" resurrected. Cut from our CNC machine from fiberglass panels, then hand foiled in our Huntington Beach factory, old school template with new school technology and traditional hand foiling. Gotta ride it to feel "Da Hook".
"Full release ... helps you grab the wall .... really drivey" - Brett Simpson
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THE 70'S STING
The board design that changed the world of surfing....In the early 70's Ben Aipa envisioned and created "Da Sting".
With it's unmistakable outline and army of legendary surfers surfing them, Da Sting went viral. This design ushered in one of the most explosive movements in surf history and provided Larry Bertlemann, Dan Kealoha, Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Mark Liddell and Mark Richards to name a few..the perfect board to take their surfing to levels the wrld had never seen....Today, The Stings obvious influence can be seen in every winged board you see.
This design was also known to have affected the skateboard world in a huge way. On a trip to California, Ben brought Larry Bertlemann along with him....when the legendary Doggtown Boys saw how Larry was surfing on his Sting and they began to copy his style on skateboards!
One of Ben's favorite testing ground for new board designs was a spot called Kaisers' on the South Side of Oahu. The "Kaiser Sting" is modeled after one of Ben's personal favorites made popular by a Warren Bolster picture of his gouging cutback showing off a doubled up single fin box. This model is made for just about every condition from mushy to swell with some juice. Bens go to bottom contour, a spiral vee to double concave out the swallow tail section. A quad plus one to have that classic feel with options.
The Alpha with "Gerr Bevel" rails. Originally shaped for Brad Gerlach in the early 90's. The devil is in the details....The rail was developed from the same philosophy as a performance figure skaters blade to create an edge for Brad to increase his precision rail game. Ben and Brad spent countless hours in shaping bay perfecting this board. The beveled rail from the nose down toward the forward fin transitions into pronounced concaved or "Gerr Bevel" rail that flowed out in alignment with the heavily pulled in tail.
The Last Knight is a core performance short board modeled after one of the competition boards Ben shaped for the Smith brothers with modern bottom contours deep single to double concave with a slight flip in the tail. Speed in all the right places.
The "Aipa 'Iwa" twin fin inspired by the Ben Aipa 1978 outline surfed by Dane Kealoha and recently re-defined by Duke Aipa for Sunny Garcia, is built for speed and maneuverability. The exaggerated double concave out thru the tail creates a center spine that provides that holding feeling on the turn but allows for that skatey twin feel. Built to mimic the movements of the Hawaiian 'Iwa bird.
One of the original "Stingmen" ,Buttons Kaluhiokalani wanted to be able to surf a spot in Waikiki called "the Wall" that was blackballed for surfboards with fins and any board over 6'. He got is hands on what was originally an Aipa kneeboard, took the fin off and was able to surf the spot.
"Da Buttz" is the perfect funboard for that skate board type feeling. An Aipa stock bottom roll to vee to deepened spine double concave for drivey performance in soft waves. This board is an homage to the creative care free spirit of Buttons. Have fun with it!
A hybrid performance shortboard made for aggressive turning....It's predecessor , The 70's Sting, was created to out perform any board in the water. It's outline inspired by the hydrofoil speed boats, is built for speed and quick release... The Fusion Sting incorporates these features originated by Ben with Dukes adaptation over to CT standard rails, single concaves from the nose down thru the midsection and a transition to a slick "Y" bottom concave with a slight vee in the sweet spot for increased maneuverability and surgical carving. Caution! Does not come with a seat belt!! \m/ \m/
The Big Brother Sting is a cross up of Bens Modern Longboard concept with shortboard attributes. Aipa's Sting enhances the maneuverability of this plus sized board while having the functionality of a traditional longboard with a rounded nose and rolled bottom for nose-riding. Crank it in a turn or cruise down the line. Business in the rear and fun in the front. .