Friday, June 24, 2016

Design Your Own Smart Surfboard with Disrupt

A customized surfboard is not a new feature for many surfers, but a smart surfboard that interacts with your smartphone? That's something quite new coming from the minds of Disrupt designers. 

Based in Australia, Disrupt is releasing the world's first smart surfboard. At first glance, it looks like any Disrupt board that you can custom design using their online program. You can create a completely customized board by choosing the size, shape, tail, fin placement, and even apply your own graphic design.

The board is smart due to the new SmartSurf app that creates a connection between your board and your phone. Using the SmartSurf app, you simply tap your phone to the board, and a profile of you and your board opens up. 

The app displays the history of your board from its inception and provides a 3D rendering of its design. It even allows you to track the board back to you in the event that it goes missing. The customized surfboard is therefore registered to you for life, making it harder for your board to disappear. The SmartSurf app also allows you to check-in at various breaks, so that you can always remember (and show off) where you've surfed with your customized board. 

Having a customized smart surfboard sounds like a dream for some while others might see it as a distraction to the craft. Either way, the concept is appealing to a growing tech-centered culture, and Disrupt is connecting the sport with tech in a fun way. 

For those interested in non-smart surfboards, check out our catalog of new and used surfboards, or contact us for help and advice.

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