The Future of Surfboards
Surfing culture has grown by leaps and bounds over the decades, with surfers dedicating time and resources to perfecting the art of the surfboard and surf fins in order to get a better ride on the various waves across the world. In addition to new technology for surfboard fins, surf gear like surfboard leashes, surfboard bags, and wetsuits have gotten various upgrades over the years as well. The industry is exploding and people are wanting a smoother, more enjoyable experience – and this notion is fully explored in the following article snippets by Surf Science that covers the evolution of the surfboard with the new AeroFlex surfboards.
AeroFlex surfboards look very unique, but the goals they hope to acheive are very similar to other surfboard manufacturers. Companies such as Firewire are designing new surfboards with parabolic stringers and interior carbon rods for controlled flex and flex memory. A company called Aviso created hollow carbon fiber surfboard as an alternative to epoxy surfboards with the benefit of being more flexible and lighter. A company called Surf Syndicate recently created a flex tail that actually has springs built into the tail of the board for the purpose of eliminating drag and tail stall. The AeroFlex however, went in a completly different direction.
Hydro Epic, the company that patented a new technology is also competing for a piece of the pie in the next generation surfboard market. It’s an internal frame system called AeroFlex which was designed for the purpose of better control over the surfboard’s flex properties. The idea of controlled flex is nothing new as this is touted by companies such as Firewire and Aviso in their new surfboard designs.
The HydroEpic claims the Aeroflex Surfboard will interact with the wave face by generating more rocker exactly when it is needed. The patented AeroFlex internal frame system is suppose to have better flexural properties because the degree of flex and the areas on the board that flex will be adjusted to the waves, thus making it more precise. It’s also designed to eliminate torsion flex which can slow your board down. This is supposed to dramatically improve your performance in critical maneuvers. Similar to the Aviso carbon fiber surfboards, the Hydro Epic board is hollow. The board is created with a super strong aerospace composite that is ultra-light. It includes materials such as kevlar by DuPont (polyphenylene terephthalamide), carbon fiber, epoxy resin, aluminum honeycomb.
Hydro Epic also is introducing what they call a DynamicHull. This has something to do with their interactive bottom contour that adjusts to prevent water lamina from breaking into turbulent flow for less drag and more control. However, Hydro Epic is unclear on exactly how that works. Overall the AeroFlex technology touts added buoyancy, durability, and interactive flex for speed and performance.
Read the entire article at: http://www.surfscience.com/topics/types-of-surfboard/new-board-designs/is-aeroflex-the-next-surfboard-evolution