Archive for the 'Surf Scientists' Category

Apple, I Think You Owe Surfing Some $$$ (Also Thanks for Making iOS5)

Most of the time my blog posts are about exciting things in the world of surfing, but today I have a bone to pick. That bone is with Apple Computers, who I feel is a bit out of line.

Let me start by saying, I like Apple. I think they are a great company doing great things and making very cool computers. This post is mostly in jest, but… seriously, there are a TON of surfing pictures on Apple’s website and someone needs to call them out for not having any relation to the sport or culture of surfing.

Background Info: Yesterday Steve Jobs announced a bunch of cool stuff that Apple will be releasing soon including, iCloud, OSX Lion and iOS5. Very exciting things for lots of fan boys everywhere.

While I was checking out their site I noticed a picture of a surfer. Sweet I thought, a surfer.

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"Oh sweet, a surfer"

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Science Is At Hand by the River!

JHall from Daily Bread posed some cool pics on his blog today.  Some guys are working on a device that reels in rope, thereby letting them wakeboard without a boat.  There are also some guys working on a similar device that uses a bungee and the current of a river to do a similar thing.

To see the full story, you’ll have to go over and check out Daily Bread, but this picture got us excited.

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Kelly Slater Is A Surf Scientist

Some Of These Board Types Don't Even Have Names YetDid you see that double stringered surfboard with a carbon fiber strip that Kelly Slater was riding during the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles?  Have you forgotten the 5’6″ board he showed up to at Gold Coast or how about that board last year at Pipe?  The moral of the story is, Kelly Slater is a Surf Scientist.

Being a scientist doesn’t necessarily mean you know everything, but it does mean that you make it your goal to find out.  Kelly Slater is one of the best surfers of all times.  He surfs smooth like butter and has a sixth sense about what waves are going to do, but his most recent challenge is finding new ways to ride and push the limits.

Surfline recently did an interview with Slater about the boards he’s riding and his plans for the future.  He’s doing everything from chopping off the front, to rethinking the stringer and flex properties and it sounds like he might have some ideas to allow surfers to be even closer to the water.

When the best in the world decided to mess around with the system, others will follow and maybe we’ll see some new designs start popping up.  After all, not every wave is good for a 6’2″ thruster or 9′ log.  So, Kelly Slater, we salute you, keep experimenting and keep us informed.


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