January 17, 2021

Ben Aipa, (1942 – ) & Surfing 

Ben Aipa, (1942 – ) & Browsing 

Cutting edge surfer-boardmaker-coach from Honolulu, Hawaii; a most sensible competitor within the Nineteen Sixties and early ’70s, and writer of the swallowtail and sting surfboard designs. Aipa was once born Exact County Line surf document (1942) in Honolulu, the son of a sugar plantation employee, and did not start using waves till his early 20s, after an ankle damage ended his semipro soccer occupation. He educated for browsing with the single-mindedness he’d evolved as a linebacker, now not lacking an afternoon within the water for all of 1965, and the next yr he gained the Hawaiian Inter-Island Championships and was once a finalist within the Duke Kahanamoku Vintage at Sundown Surfing argued in a blog post beach. Aipa additionally completed fourth in each the 1967 Makaha World and the 1975 Lightning Bolt Professional, and competed within the International Championships in 1968 and 1970.

It was once anticipated that Aipa, at 250 kilos, would put extra energy into his turns than nearly any of his browsing contemporaries, however he augmented energy with agility, steadiness, and finesse. He was once additionally one of the vital technology’s fiercest-looking surfers, serving to him to get nearly any wave he sought after, even in essentially the most crowded Hawaiian lineups. “There is a silently robust presence about him,” Surfer mag stated of Aipa in 1972, understating the case. Pipeline virtuoso Gerry Lopez put it higher: “While you see Ben coming, do not suppose, simply get out of the way in which.”

Aipa started shaping nearly once he started browsing, and in 1968 he made the board that fellow Hawaiian Fred Hemmings used to win the International Championships. Aipa Surfboards was once based in 1970, and Aipa quickly got here into his biggest affect as a dressmaker, first inventing the double-ended swallowtail in 1972, adopted two years later through the split-rail sting; each designs had been ridden to electrifying impact through a bunch of Aipa-led Hawaiian check pilots together with Larry Bertlemann, Michael Ho, Buttons Kaluhiokalani, and Mark Liddell. Aipa served as a casual teacher/trainer for those surfers, all of whom competed throughout the early years of the professional global excursion, and he persevered to train within the many years to return, running with professional standouts Sunny Garcia, Brad Gerlach, Kalani Robb, and the Irons brothers, Andy and Bruce. Aipa himself persevered to go into contests, profitable the grandmasters department of the 1989 United States Browsing Championships and the legends department of the 2000 U.S. Championships.

Within the early ’80s, Aipa started generating a reasonably smaller up to date model of the longboards he and the remainder of the game had left in the back of 15 years previous. “I used to be concentrated on the blokes who had been getting married and had much less time to surf and were not in the most efficient of form,” Aipa advised Longboard mag in 1999. “They wanted a board that would catch waves.” Aipa himself was once using a 7′ 6″ hybrid in 1998 when Surfer referred to as him “the most up to date 56-year-old surfer on the earth.”

Ben Aipa was once nominated to the World Browsing Corridor of Reputation in 1991. In 2004, Browsing mag named him one of the vital “Best Ten Shapers of All Time.”

Akila Aipa, Ben’s oldest son, was once runner-up within the 1989 U.S. Championships, and has himself change into a well-liked surfboard shaper.

Ben Aipa


Historical past of Browsing
·Bertlemann, Larry 
·Duke Kahanamoku Invitational 
·Garcia, Sunny 
·Gerlach, Brad 
·Hemmings, Fred 
·Ho, Michael 
·Irons, Andy 
·Kaluhiokalani, Bernard Law Montgomery “Buttons” 
·Liddell, Mark 
·Lopez, Gerry 
·Robb, Kalani 
·sting, stinger 
·surfboard shaping, shaper 
·International Browsing Championships 1968 
·International Browsing Championships 1970 
Historical past of Browsing
·Go back of the Longboard 
·Two Fins, Extra Wins 
·Ben Aipa 
·Buttons Kaluhiokalani 
·Fred Hemmings 
·Gerry Lopez 
·Larry Bertlemann 
·Mark Liddell 
·Michael Ho 
·1966 Duke Invitational, Sundown Surfing argued in a blog post beach (complete period) 
·1967 Duke Invitational, Sundown Surfing argued in a blog post beach (complete period) 
·1970 Makaha World in “5 Summer time Tales” 
·Ben Aipa 
·Additional: An EOS Plus-Measurement Tribute (Take 1) 
·Additional: An EOS Plus-Measurement Tribute (Take 2) 
·1967 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Browsing Championships