World’s first surfboard with integrated technology

Date:14 June 2011 Tags:

Researchers in Spain have loaded a high-tech surfboard with sensors that they hope will “turn feelings into facts and figures”. A slew of instruments – which together weigh less than 900 g – transmit data wirelessly from the board to an onshore computer for real-time monitoring. Tecnalia Research and Innovation and surfboard manufacturer Pukas hope to use data collected from professional surfers to make stronger, more responsive surfboards.

Accelerometer
→ Relays the gravitational forces imposed on the board; a tight turn can generate 5 g’s.

GPS
→ Uses satellites to pinpoint the board’s location and track its speed.

Strain gauges
→ Measure the flex of the board during manoeuvres.

Gyroscope
→ Determines orientation, including the angle of the board as it carves through water.

– Alex Hutchinson