9’6 Aipa Big Brother Sting – Fusion HD – FCS II – 4 + 1
Big boards equal big guy fun! Ben Aipa’s staple longboard, The Big Brother Sting is a high-performance tank designed to power through the mushiest of conditions. Extra thickness in the center of the board with a nicely foiled rail gives the perfect balance of float and performance. Riders will be able to catch any wave without sacrificing maneuverability. A wider outline up in the front of the board increases stability, and a pulledin tail allows quick directional changes. The iconic AIPA wing joins the front of the board, where float and stability reign supreme, with the back of the board where big turns and precision control are possible. To keep things light, we’ve built the Big Brother Sting in Surftech’s Fusion HD construction. A lightweight and durable epoxy with a lively flex. Big stoke comes guaranteed with the Big Brother Sting; finally, a board that makes less than ideal conditions just as fun as the best day of the year.
|9’0 x 23.5” x 3.88”||91.31 ltr|
|9’6 x 23.44” x 4”||99.17 ltr|
|10’0 x 23.38” x 4.25”||110.70ltr|
Surftech’s version of a standard EPS and epoxy surfboard construction. A closed cell EPS core containing a wood stringer is layered with E-glass and biax glass for a light weight performance board with a lively feel. All Fusion HD boards are hand finished.
- FUSED CELL EPS CORE // Closed-cell EPS core provides more response + flotation
- CLEAR HD-EPOXY RESIN // Epoxy resin system with high thermo-mechanical performances
- HIGH-QUALITY E-GLASS FIBERGLASS // E-glass has the highest strength-to-weight ratio available
- FULL BIAX DECK PATCH (45° / -45°) // The Biax fiberglass distributes power + protects from dings
- WOOD STRINGER // Distributes power + adds pop + adds break strength
- FCS II FIN BOXES // Takes just seconds to insert and remove the fins
- HAND-FINISHED // Machine-shaped, hand-laminated, and hand-finished
A Legacy of Aloha
Ben Aipa has made a most significant mark in the world of surfing: making the board that fellow Hawaiian Fred Hemmings used to win the World Championship in 1968 and founded his own brand Aipa Surfboards in 1970. Ben invented the doubled-edged swallowtail design in 1972 and followed this with the split-tail design in 1974. Moreover, Ben has served as an informal coach and trainer to such top surfers as Michael Ho, Larry Bertleman, Mark Liddell, Sunny Garcia, Brad Gerlach, and Kalani Robb.
Ben Aipa continued to enter and compete in various surfing contests: He won the grandmasters division of the 1989 United States Surfing Championship and the legends division of the 2000 U.S. Championships. Inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame in 1992, Ben was named one of the Top Ten Shapers of All-Time by Surfing magazine in 2004. Now spearheaded by sons Duke and Akila, Ben’s legacy continues with fresh shapes and ideas from the minds of his talented children.
“I was never watching what other board builders were doing…I was watching the surfers and the natural world around me. Their movements showed me what was missing…I was always looking for the next wave, the next move.” – Ben Aipa