SR-F Program & Surf Ambassador
Being Hawaiian born and raised, Duke has always felt the connection between himself and his natural surroundings. Especially the ocean.
Duke's belief that "The ocean is what connects us all and where life springs from. This is a truth that is worthy of protection and is the responsibility of
not only those who live near the ocean, but everyone that benefits from it's blessings", is a driving force who he is and what he focuses on.
With a rich surf history, the Aipa family has often been referred to as "surfing royalty".
Duke is the son of Ben Aipa. A legendary surfer, shaper and Coach to countless great surfers such as Brad Gerlach, Sunny Garcia, Bruce and Andy Irons and Bethany Hamilton. Duke was named after his father's mentor, the great Duke Kahanamoku who is known as the grandfather surfer and was a true ambassador of Aloha. Duke honors his namesake and family lineage as the Heir of the Aipa legacy and founder of the AipaSurf Company, a surfboard and clothing company that perpetuates the life and work of Ben Aipa, through embracing the essence of Hawaiian culture and its roots in sustainable lifestyle.
Duke is the Surf Ambassador for the Huntington Beach Chapter Surfrider Foundation and is active in both the Huntington Beach and Hawaiian surf communities in and out of the water.
"How we connect with our kids is everything", Duke shares his life lessons though the vessel of surf with his son, Kolby, and daughter, Skyler. "The ocean tells us how to respect and understand the flow of life. From the strength of a swell to the pull of the tide. It is all relevant to our struggles as people. I share with them my beliefs as a Hawaiian as to what the ocean means to us and how it relates to life. At the end of the day, our resources are the key to the future of our youth. That is our legacy that we as a collective ohana (family) all have a part in honoring. The perpetuation of a sustainable world for our kids,
A Generational Legacy."