Are motorized surfboards set to take over surfing? Recent developments in the technology that drives them have seen the craft ridden in some of the heaviest waves on the planet. Hawaiian waterman Kai Lenny, who also windsurfs as well as rides conventional surfboards and SUPs, recently rode a Jet Surf motorized board at Jaws, the famous Maui big-wave spot. His waves at the break (see above) are considered the largest ever ridden on a motorized board.
Bondi Beach is deploying shark-detecting sonar buoys as part of the government’s plan to stem an increase in shark encounters off of New South Wales and elsewhere.
In the latest crackdown on gay rights in Indonesia, the government has demanded all instant messaging apps remove same-sex emoticons or face a ban in the Muslim-majority country.
Watch this clip below of CJ Hobgood touring a 360 degree view of what it’s like to get pitted at Chopes which dropped in along with an announcement from WSL CEO Paul Speaker earlier today. (Toggle the arrows in the top left corner for the full perspective).
The surfing lagoon in Dolgarrog, which opened on August 1, has already been forced to close twice after a mechanical problem and then a rip in the liner Surf Snowdonia has closed again after another breakdown in the wave generating machinery – with no date set for its re-opening.
The proposition is simple –to provide surfers with the most durable, innovative and surf-enabling products ever created. This is an idea that has afforded the Billabong design team the opportunity to experiment with new production methods, construction and fabrication techniques, scientific and technological advancements, and unconventional creative concepts in the hope of producing that “perfect” surfing product.
Algix LLC, the world’s leading producer of algae bio-products, and Effekt LLC announced today the creation of the worlds first algae-derived flexible foams. Both companies are joining forces in a joint venture entitled Bloom Holdings LLC to commercialize the foam.
When it comes to tracking down waves, not many have been as committed as Timmy Turner. Jetsetting across the globe for the “Swell of the Century”, Timmy arrived at his favorite Indonesian reef pass at just the right time. With his SearchGPS watch, Timmy set personal records while documenting them for our viewing pleasure at the same time.
Here’s a brief description how it works: Lexus’s hoverboard uses magnetic levitation, or maglev, to achieve frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors are combined with a magnetic surface to essentially repel gravity. Maglev technology itself isn’t new, and this isn’t the first hoverboard to use it. American startup Arx Pax raised over half a million dollars last year through a Kickstarter campaign to fund its Hendo Hoverboard. That device is dependent on batteries that last just 10 minutes to 15 minutes and take an hour or two to charge. The technology is also being used in mass rapid transportation systems such as the Shanghai Maglev Train. In Japan, the SCMaglev test train recently reached a top speed of 375 miles per hour.
Judging surfing is a difficult thing to do. Fairly putting an exact number–down to a tenth of a point, no less–on something as subjective and fluid as a surfer and a wave is basically an impossible task. In the end, as technical as they try and make is seem, it comes down to opinion. But now there’s another option.