SUNDAY JOINT, 1-17-2021: ALOHA, BEN AIPA

Hey All,

Ben Aipa, boardmaker and power surfer for the ages, died last week from a long list of ailments including diabetes, heart issues, and dementia. He was 78. Derek Rielly and I emailed back and forth about Ben yesterday, and the first thing I wrote was: “Ben didn’t start surfing until he was 21 or 22. Every time I think of him, that’s what comes to mind first. I don’t know of any big-name surfer who began that late in the game, and the determination it took for him to get so good, so...