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A custom “Sting” model for Chris Athas

A custom "Sting" model for Chris Athas A custom “Sting” model for Chris Athas. It’s 6’8″ long. This one has a “Step” in the bottom which we usually don’t do on stock boards as it just creates a straight line weak point across the bottom making…

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John Witzig took this photo of me in 1976 or 77 ? in Audrey Sutherland’s

John Witzig took this photo of me in 1976 or 77 ? in Audrey Sutherland's yard on the North Shore John Witzig took this photo of me in 1976 or 77 ? in Audrey Sutherland’s yard on the North Shore. This was my home away from home for around 10 winter seasons in Hawaii. The first 2 boards on the left are 6’8″ long Ben Aipa “Sting’s”…

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Larry Bertlemann, South Shore ?, Oahu, mid 1970’s

Larry Bertlemann, South Shore ?, Oahu, mid 1970's Larry Bertlemann, South Shore ?, Oahu, mid 1970’s. A shot from either American Surfing or Surfer magazine. He’s riding a “Sting” shaped by Ben Aipa. This is one of my favourite photos of Larry, the manoeuvre, body positioning,…

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A photo from 1977 at Burleigh Heads on the ” Goldy” during the Stubbies event

A photo from 1977 at Burleigh Heads on the " Goldy" during the Stubbies event A photo from 1977 at Burleigh Heads on the ” Goldy” during the Stubbies event. I’m riding a Ben Aipa shaped single fin Sting which was 6’8″, 201/4″ wide & 27/8″ thick. It was shot during a heat as I’m…

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Larry Bertlemann, South Shore, Oahu, mid 1970’s

Larry Bertlemann, South Shore, Oahu, mid 1970's Larry Bertlemann, South Shore, Oahu, mid 1970’s. From memory this shot was on the cover of American Surfer magazine. He’s riding a “Sting” shaped by Ben Aipa. I’m guessing Al Dove did the color design on it. Larry, Buttons…

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Andrew Kidman took this photo of me in the lane way behind our old surf

Andrew Kidman took this photo of me in the lane way behind our old surf shop in Newcastle in 2005 Andrew Kidman took this photo of me in the lane way behind our old surf shop in Newcastle in 2005. The board on the left is the orignal 6’4″ Free Ride Twin Fin that I rode at Off The Wall in Hawaii & in the Australian Pro events in 1978. The one…

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Brad from Slimes Surf & Skate, Newcastle

Brad from Slimes Surf & Skate, Newcastle Brad from Slimes Surf & Skate, Newcastle. He’s holding a stock 6’2″ single fin “Sting” model. it’s 201/2″ wide & 27/8″ thick. Retro 1970’s rocker & volume distribution with…

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Photo , John Witzig

Photo , John Witzig Photo , John Witzig. This was taken during the Hawaiian winter of 76-77 in Jock Sutherland’s mum’s yard on the North Shore. From Left to Right. “King Kong” & the “Water Wiggle” are 6’8″ Stingers…

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The board with the flames is an Aipa single fin “Sting” which was shaped by

The board with the flames is an Aipa single fin "Sting" which was shaped by Ben Aipa in Hawaii in 1976 The board with the flames is an Aipa single fin “Sting” which was shaped by Ben Aipa in Hawaii in 1976. It’s 6’8″, 201/4″ wide & 27/8″ thick. Photo, Jeff Divine. The flame airbrush was done by Al Dove who…

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Stubbies contest, Burleigh Heads, 1977

Stubbies contest, Burleigh Heads, 1977 Stubbies contest, Burleigh Heads, 1977. This was in a heat & we wore red or yellow shorts instead of a coloured rash shirt. The shorts were supplied by the event sponsor “Stubbies”. ( I was wearing Quiksilver shorts at the time ). One of…

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