The Carver Aipa Sting features clear grip to show off the classic blue flames, one of the most iconic airbrush designs in surfboard history!
In 1974 Ben Aipa, the legendary Hawaiian surfer and shaper, made his mark in surfboard history with the development of ‘Da Sting’, a quick-turning shape he first made for Larry Bertleman. “I would watch him at the Lighthouse for a moment, and I could see what he was attempting to do… I knew he was the future, so I went back to the shop and imagined the kind of board dynamics he’d need to get the maneuvers he was attempting” Ben said.
How perfect then that we would collaborate with the Aipa family to make a Carver surfskate model that also achieves the same quick turning, fast pumping maneuvers we pioneered for skateboards in 1996. The clear sugar coat grip shows off the classic blue flames, one of the most iconic airbrush designs in surfboard history.
The Aipa Sting’s performance comes from it’s precision-pivot Carver trucks, fast and grippy Roundhouse wheels and a 7-ply rock hard deck; each the result of over 2o years of surfskate innovation and experience. Made for the world market, it comes with the commitment to good design and durability that makes the Knox Quill a true surfskate of the people so wherever you are, you can make waves.
CARVER C7 TRUCK:
The Carver C7 Truck is Carver’s Patented front truck which is designed to create the same fluid dynamic for a skateboard that a surfboard has in the water. What gives it this ability, is the extra axis of movement provided by the truck’s rotating arm. As a result, this gives the nose of the board lateral thrust, in addition to the usual rail-to rail turn.
The C7 dual-axis truck set is very fluid, like riding a single fin surfboard and replicating the lateral sway you feel as you pump for speed. The dual axis allows the rider to adjust both axis independently for fine tuning. It’s a bit heavier than the CX truck, but the internal spring system allows for a wide range of adjustment. The trailing arm and wide adjustment range make this truck better for faster speeds and fluid surfing.
The arm rotates smoothly on precision industrial thrust bearings, and is dampened by a fully adjustable, heavy-duty internal die spring. This allows each rider to customize the feel of their board. But at its core, the C7 is still a skateboard truck, with a traditional hanger and standard new-school mounting hole pattern ( 2.1”, or 2 3/32” long). In addition this will fit any new-school skateboard deck, while preserving the original wheelbase. That being said, these are the perfect trucks to accommodate this board, consequently if you are looking for a setup to carve your way through the streets, with the same fluid feel as a surfboard.
CARVER AIPA STING:
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- Deck width: 10.25″
- Deck length: 30.75″
- Wheelbase: 16.75″
- Tail: 6.375″
- Nose: 3.5″
- BOARD AS COMPLETE INCLUDES:
- Carver Roundhouse 70mm
- 78a smoke mag wheels
- Carver C7 trucks
- Carver Built-In Bearings
- More here: CARVER SKATEBOARDS
In the early 70’s legendary shaper Ben Aipa changed the face of modern surfing with his highly conceptual shape named “Da Sting”. Famous surfers like Mark Liddel, Buttons Kaluhiokalani & Larry Bertlemann took “Da Sting” to Oahu’s North Shore proving grounds and blew the surfing world away. This modern and progressive shape made previously impossible maneuvers possible. As the surfing world mourns the loss of Ben Aipa, Carver Skateboards pays homage to his legacy with the release of our own Aipa “Da Sting” surfskate and a short doc featuring Duke Aipa as he and his son Kolby Aipa carry the family the torch of Aipa Surfboards.