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Akila Aipa Custom Shapes??? #2958631
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Looked on site and see hq is Huntington Beach does that mean custom shapes coming from HB?and anyone order a custom recently and know turn around time, prices, any input good or bad cheers


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You could email or call Akila directly and get all those answers.


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Originally Posted by floated
You could email or call Akila directly and get all those answers.

Yes could but most shapers tell you one thang and leads to another on turn around. Plus I did not want to contact yet because I am not ready to order just thinking out loud shrug


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I’ve been thinking the same thing

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Who is floated ?

Sounding a bit like someone in the industry .

We already had a recent post by one of his customers that he's in the Waialua Sugar Milll near Eric .

I just posted a pic of him at Richards place in town .

Lots of glassing in the area .

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Originally Posted by Greg Griffin
Who is floated ?

Sounding a bit like someone in the industry .

We already had a recent post by one of his customers that he's in the Waialua Sugar Milll near Eric .

I just posted a pic of him at Richards place in town .

Lots of glassing in the area .

So Greg customs are shaped in town then always wanted a Dane Kealoha twin wave2


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Customer posted a text from Akila that he was next to Eric on the North Shore

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I think the HB based one is Duke Aipa, Akila's brother. He seems to be doing some of Ben's shapes and some of his own. I don't think he does Akila's boards.

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Akila has access to many great glassers , things have really improved in the last 2 years .

Richard runs his machine really well too .

Filling an order should be very easy .

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Yeah, I am the customer GG is talking about. Two different companies, you can reach Akila through IG or aipahawaii@gmail.com.

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sounds chumpy...but there's no question.....that was the best slates has looked in YEARS

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Originally Posted by 20W-50 and blood
sounds chumpy...but there's no question.....that was the best slates has looked in YEARS


Agreed.

Those Akila's look fantastic, but that's only part of the equation.

Kelly's headspace, physical well-being, competitive savy and desire all had to be at the top of his game as well. They lined up perfectly for this contest.

Not quite sure why Kazuma has a chip on his shoulder, but it's definitely there.


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"Not quite sure why Kazuma has a chip on his shoulder, but it's definitely there."

Thats not a " Chip" thats his pure excitement

Aipa was his mentor and that is Huge

Not to many Builders and Humans like Matt out there - maybe none :-)

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Kazuma is one of the most positive guys. No chip in anyway.

He's a full time firefighter. Does boards on the side because he loves it.

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It seemed to me he was saying that whatever Kelly has been riding the last few years have just been copies of other designs.

Like he was taking a dig at Webber and Dan Mann.

Maybe I just read in between the lines a bit too much.


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From that insta post : Akila's shapes are not copies of other shapers designs, he is one of the most creative and innovative shapers on the planet and it really showed in the way Slater drew different lines and turns.

Just saying Akila's boards are unique and they drew different lines and turns . That pic shows that this is a lower rocker design compared to what he rides often .

Travis does give #'s for shapers to follow when making Kelly's boards

The Tokoros were done with this input .


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Makes sense.

I just read into it too much.


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I haven't seen those Akila Slater shapes in person, but on the webcast it looked like very low entry rocker. It almost looked flat from like the middle to nose.

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Racer, have you tried his wing twin? I've had my eye on that one for a couple years...probably going to be much harder to get one now. Good for him. Seems like a good guy.

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Akila and Kelly have been homies forever. My take is that Kelly and Akila made some boards that worked, and Kelly made a conscious decision to showcase them on the CT stage. I see these getting rolled into Slater Designs offerings in the future. It seems planned, but kind of organically. Kind of a happy favor.

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Originally Posted by crotchgrab
Racer, have you tried his wing twin? I've had my eye on that one for a couple years...probably going to be much harder to get one now. Good for him. Seems like a good guy.


I had one about 10 years ago and it was fun. Lots of speed and borderline out of control. A unique feeling. Wish it had a trailer like the new ones. I know a few guys who got some recently and claiming they're magic.

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Originally Posted by Racer1
I had one about 10 years ago and it was fun. Lots of speed and borderline out of control. A unique feeling. Wish it had a trailer like the new ones. I know a few guys who got some recently and claiming they're magic.


Picked a used one up a few years back and had the same feeling, fast and borderline control. When it went well, memorable! Been eyeing one of his fish boards for awhile, about time to shuffle the quiver.


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Some really nice flow on that board.

Looks great!


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A friend coached me through shaping a board. He instructed me to first watch the Kazuma and Aipa Shaping vids on youtube. Through the process, he referenced Matt and Akila a bunch (he is friends with both). When I finished the board, my 'coach' said I had to email Matt and Akila and thank them. Felt weird, as I have never met either one, but I did it anyway. Both responded within a day, with very nice things to say. The board, by the way is a 5'10" Twin Fin (running the Akila Twins) and works incredibly well and is my daily driver.

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So your coach learned from Akila , please share some , Matts are on Insta and Youtube

Ben used to say :

Super Surfer or Super board !

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Greg, what placements do you think Akila's using for his twins?

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Greg, what placements do you think Akila's using for his twins?

Where Kelly and Noel seem to like them .

I think its more fun to ask who slopokecr's mentor is - Matt and many others say who theirs are ;-)

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Originally Posted by Greg Griffin
Greg, what placements do you think Akila's using for his twins?

Where Kelly and Noel seem to like them .

I think its more fun to ask who slopokecr's mentor is - Matt and many others say who theirs are ;-)


So, 7”?

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Originally Posted by crotchgrab
Originally Posted by Greg Griffin
Greg, what placements do you think Akila's using for his twins?

Where Kelly and Noel seem to like them .

I think its more fun to ask who slopokecr's mentor is - Matt and many others say who theirs are ;-)


So, 7”?


you mean, how many shakas is that?


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"Greg, what placements do you think Akila's using for his twins?"


slopokecr needs to share :-)

This is what sharing looks like :


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Wish I had more to share, Ive only shaped one board. Everything I was told to watch is available on youtube, including the above Aipa vid which is gold. If you watch the Kazuma vids, you see the commonality with Aipa's methods.

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They want to know the fin positions , did your friend help with that ?

For handshaping some of the US Blanks are the best and truest ever made .

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7, same as MR I think? Don't remember if was MR or Akila
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Not too many put them at 7" thats still further back than most .

6'2 A has a lot of appex rocker - some take that down

6'5A and 6' 10 A are similar all very straight in the tail

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Soory my bad, 11.

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5-10 twin fin with fins 11inches up

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No way those fins are at 11.

That’s thruster placement.

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That's MR territory. And even he adds a trailer box now.


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I picked up a used Greg Mungall twin/trailer with three Futures boxes and the twins are at 9.

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A buddy was riding a newish Akila twin over the weekend and was surfing the best he's ever surfed (he's an amazing surfer). He's going on a family trip to Fiji and went to pick up a few boards from Akila for his kids and a step up for himself. Said Akila has a new model, based on this recent popular one that's even better. Something about the foil and rocker being more streamlined and it being faster and even more high performance. Found something new to add to the design. Maybe it'll start showing up soon.

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I’ve had one of his wing twins on order. Twin and trailer set up. Really interested to see how he executes. The boards look insane

Re: Akila Aipa Custom Shapes??? [Re: Racer1] #2994356
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Originally Posted by Racer1
A buddy was riding a newish Akila twin over the weekend and was surfing the best he's ever surfed (he's an amazing surfer). He's going on a family trip to Fiji and went to pick up a few boards from Akila for his kids and a step up for himself. Said Akila has a new model, based on this recent popular one that's even better. Something about the foil and rocker being more streamlined and it being faster and even more high performance. Found something new to add to the design. Maybe it'll start showing up soon.

Is the new model a twin or a thruster?

Re: Akila Aipa Custom Shapes??? [Re: rowjimmytour] #2994529
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Akila only rides pure twin, so it was probably a twin, but he can make any model with a little trailer.

Re: Akila Aipa Custom Shapes??? [Re: rowjimmytour] #2994714
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I wonder if he has any plans to produce a model or two with Slater Designs? Seems silly to keep pushing the Dan Mann designs when the interwebz were abuzz after Slater's performances at and around Keramas.

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