International Surfboard Builders Hall Of Fame Inductee Details
For: Ben Aipa
Inductee Name
Ben Aipa
Event Year
Inductee Location
Aipa Surfboards 1164-I Waimanu St, Honolulu, Hi, 96814
Inductee Contact
(808) 589-0804
Inductee Brand
Inductee Boardshop
Aipa Surfboards
Boardshop Link
Inductee Bio

Innovative surfer-boardmaker-coach from Honolulu, Hawaii; a top competitor in the 1960s and early '70s, and creator of the swallowtail and stinger surfboard designs. Aipa was born (1942) in Honolulu, the son of a sugar plantation worker, and didn't begin riding waves until his early 20s, after an ankle injury ended his semipro football career. He trained for surfing with the single-mindedness he'd developed as a linebacker, not missing a day in the water for all of 1965, and the following year he was a finalist in the Duke Kahanamoku Classic at Sunset Beach. Aipa also finished fourth in both the 1967 Makaha International and the 1975 Lightning Bolt Pro, and competed in the World Championships in 1968 and 1970.

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