This marks the second time I’ve stumbled across a Ben Aipa-shaped T&C board. You can find my post on the first board here, and it looks like it was snapped up by Kristopher Tom, who runs thevintagesurfboard.com.
The board that inspired today’s post doesn’t have a bitchin 80s airbrush, but oh well, nothing is perfect, no?
It does have a clear Ben Aipa signature on the stringer, and a cool old school logo. In addition, I love the addition of the signature Aipa wings on the side. This board looks to be a blend of a standard thruster design with Aipa’s infamous sting shape, which I have never seen before. The only measurement provided is 6′4″ length, and other than that, it looks to be in pretty great and unrestored condition.
Stoked-N-Board’s entry on Town & Country Surf Designs pegs this particular logo as corresponding to sometime in the 2000s. However, SNB lists Aipa as having shaped his last board for T&C in 1994. My guess would be mid-to-late 90s, but I’d love to hear from someone with more info on the matter.
The board is located in Temecula, California. The price is $1200, which is nothing to sneeze at. On the other hand, Aipa boards are rare, especially under the beloved T&C label, and they’re not making any more of them.
In any case, you can check out the Craigslist listing here.