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 Wilson, the owners of Fiberglass Hawaii, have had a working relationship for over 40 years that continues to this day. We were able to observe Ben while hand shaping a shortboard and sit down after to find out the backstory of the “Swallowtail” and “Sting” style boards that made Aipa Surfboards a well-known brand.

It was truly an inspiration to watch him shape and to see his passion for surfing’s past, present and future. Stay tuned for the next video which will be a full hand shaping video of Ben Aipa with his words of wisdom peppered through out.