Posts by AIPAsurf

Pro Shaper Profile: Ben Aipa (Fiberglass Hawaii)

Duke Kahanamoku, Eddie Aikau, and Ben Aipa are all Hawaiian legends in their own right. Although two of those legends are no longer with us, we are fortunate enough to still have Ben Aipa who is surfing, shaping and having as much fun now as when he first picked up a planer. Ben and Ted…

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Sting Like Ben (Surfers Journal)

When I last visited “Burly Ben Aipa” in his modest Honolulu shaping room he was just about to field a call from a “Surfer Joe.” The phone was resting on a nine-foot Sting longboard that had been laid out on the racks. Aipa, the Hawaiian master surfer/shaper, answered in an unassuming voice—he might have been…

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LEGENDS / BEN AIPA (By Free Surf Magazine)

If I told you that the swallowtail surfboard design – yes, the same shape of board that you surf on regularly at Kewalos and Bowls – was inspired by the fluttering of a bird, would you believe me? As it turns out, watching the turning ability of a swallowtail bird is exactly how Ben Aipa…

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