Extra-sensory Surfboard

Alex Dick-Read

Spain, or more correctly, the Basque Country, seems to be overflowing with new surf technology at the moment. Recent innovations include the Pukas LED surfboard, which does funky disco stuff when darkness falls; and more recently the Wave Garden wave pool, which has got surfers from the coast to the inland plains talking and dreaming. Now Pukas is back with this, a surfboard with sensors that can tell you how vertical you’re getting, how fast you’re going and, in numbers, how stylish you really aren’t.

Unlike the disco board, this new tech-launch comes with built-in aspirations: maybe one day it can help contest judges figure out who actually did the better top-turn or landed the highest air. Here’s what Pukas say about it:
“Surfing is still a sport governed by feelings. The driving forces behind this joint project, PUKAS and TECNALIA, aim to “turn feelings into facts and figures” and provide as yet unquantified data that can be directly applied to improve the features of surfboards, the technical performance of surfers and/or measurement of parameters during competition.”
http://vimeo.com/20197603

Pukas – Tecnalia Surfsens project from Pukas Surf on Vimeo.

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