041 – Ben Aipa and the Sting

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Surf Splendor Ben Aipas Sting 600x600In this episode of Surf Splendor, we dissect the Sting surfboard and its design revolution during the mid 70s. Featuring interviews with Ben Aipa, Matt Calvani, Davey Smith, Skye Richard, and Roger Hinds, this episode was recorded at The Boardroom Show during the Icons of Foam Tribute to Ben Aipa where six shaping contestants were tasked with replicating a classic Aipa Sting.

The original 1974 Aipa Sting, shaped for Buttons, was on hand for contestants to asses prior to their allotted 90 minutes in the shaping bay.

The original 1974 Aipa Sting, shaped for Buttons, was on hand for contestants to asses prior to their allotted 90 minutes in the shaping bay.

The Sting design was made famous by Larry Bertlemann, Buttons, and Mark Liddell.

BEN AIPA

Ben Aipa and his son Duke judged the Icons of Foam shaping competition.

Ben Aipa and his son Duke judged the Icons of Foam shaping competition.

DAVEY SMITH

Davey’s Facebook page

Davey Smith with Ben.

Davey Smith with Ben.

Davey Smith's 8-fin prototype.

Davey Smith’s 8-fin prototype.

MATT CALVANI

Matt Calvani’s bio on BingSurf.com

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Defending Icons of Foam champion Matt Calvani puts the finishing touches on his Aipa Sting replica.

Defending Icons of Foam champion Matt Calvani puts the finishing touches on his Aipa Sting replica.

SKYE RICHARD

Link to Skye’s Facebook Page

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ROGER HINDS

RogerHindsSurfboards.com

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Here’s a flipbook of the event.

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