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Legendary shaper Ben Aipa honored at The Boardroom

Ben Aipa, 50 years of craftmanship



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Hawaiian shaper joins the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 December, 2013 -- In the Spring of 2014 THE BOARDROOM will return to its roots, Del Mar, California, to honor legendary Hawaiian shaper, surfer, & coach Ben Aipa in the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off.

Two days of surf culture including the world's most contemporary surfboards, designs, technological innovations, fins, wetsuits, board bags, leashes, cameras, techy gadgets and surf gear; plus live shaping & laminating, exhibits, demos, art, movies, music and good times. The dates for the THE BOARDROOM are May 17 & 18, 2014 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the Wyland exhibit hall.

"It's such a privilege being the first Hawaiian honored at the Boardroom Show," said Ben Aipa. "The Aipa label has a lot of history in the San Diego area and it's gonna be unreal watching these guys shape a classic Sting. Hey
guys, don't wing it, STING it!"

"My staff and I are both humbled and thrilled to honor Mr. Aipa, a classic Hawaiian in every sense of the word," said Scott Bass, producer of The Boardroom.

"His breakthrough surfboard design, his powerful Hawaiian surfing style and the classic Aipa surfboard logo represent an era of cutting edge performances -- in the water and in the shaping bay. His design concepts are, to this day, utilized by surfboard craftsman all over the globe and his legacy is perpetuated by both shapers and surfers."

Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off
Presented by US BLANKS

Six shapers will each receive 1.5 hours in the shaping bay as they attempt to replicate a classic Ben Aipa shape.   

Selection process: Ben Aipa will chose three of the shapers; two shapers will be chosen in a random draw*; and 2013 West Coast champion Matt Calvani will defend his title.

Each shaper will bring in his own tools; we will provide the blank & the outline template. The shapers will only be able to measure and/or touch the board during their allotted 1.5 hours in the shaping bay - which is strictly timed.

Ben Aipa then judges the anonymous blanks, along with his sons Duke and Akila. The winning shaper receives $1K and their name etched on to the Mike Marshall Perpetual Trophy.

The Boardroom would like to thank all of the shapers that have participated. They do so out of respect for the honoree and the craft of surfboard shaping - a sacred craft. A craft passed down through the generations, beginning in Polynesia and carrying on here today, as the spirit and culture of surfboard building, design and manufacture thrives.

Scott Bass

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