Posts in weird surf

Vid: this is a pretty nutty artificial wave

Posted on February 16th, 2011 in Just for fun, Top stories, weird surf.

Wave pools have been around for years now, and from what I hear, some are kinda fun. But the people at Wavegarden have taken things to a whole new level. According to their website, their computer controlled wave making system can be used in both natural and artificial bodies of water. In the video below you can see their test facility wave located in the Basque country. Basically it looks like a large-ish farm reservoir in a pretty, rural setting. The wave they generate – although only about waist high – is of exceptional quality. According to the blurb on their site, there is no in principle reason why it couldn’t be scaled up into something very interesting.

Here’s a little snippet from their website:

Wavegarden is a man-made wave that creates ideal conditions for surfing, as well as a broadly appealing range of other wave sports such as body boarding, kayaking, and stand up paddling. Early testing and professional feedback show Wavegarden to be the closest thing to an ocean break.
With Wavegarden you can create a surf spot anywhere in the world and surf it anytime you like. Our technology can create a beach with gentle waves for non-surfers or a challenging wave for surfers of all levels.
The patented Wavegarden technology can be applied to a variety of existing bodies of water: from lakes and lagoons, to reservoirs and large ponds.
In each case, perfect waves of all sizes, shapes and speeds are consistently generated in a safe, natural environment using much less energy than any other wave generator in history.
A Wavegarden wave can be programmed to adapt to any type of wave to suit various client needs, as per each customised design (recommended size 1.6m):

From their technical descriptions, it seems that the water body needs to have a very uniform bottom and water level and from the pictures it looks like this is lined with some kind of heavy plastic. They reckon it is a very low energy system, so one wonders how the propagate the waves. Apparently they are able to precisely control the shape of a wave too, so I’m curious if maybe it involves some sort of inflatable membrane that can be made to abruptly bulge up underwater… anyway, however they do it, this is the first human generated wave that I’ve thought looked like it might actually be pretty fun to surf!

Here’s one of Wavegarden’s videos (click here for more)


You think Sydney’s cold in winter? Check out Nova Scotia.

Posted on March 21st, 2010 in News Stories, Surf culture, Top stories, weird surf.

According to this story from Canada’s CBC TV, Nova Scotia has some great waves during winter. But they’re just a wee bit chilly by Australian standards… an interesting little yarn about how a rural village called Lawrencetown Beach is benefiting from an influx of surfers. Lots of tough Canadian surfers and some very fun looking waves too…

Here’s a teaser:

If you have twenty minutes, the full show is well worth the time to check it out.


Grow your own artificial reef?

Posted on August 18th, 2009 in Top stories, weird surf.

I’ve no idea if this could possibly work. The mind boggles!

The artificial Reef  will be constructed electrolytically. By applying a week electric current in seawater mineral material will build up on the cathode (negative pole). Chemically this material is equivalent to limestone or coral and will be an excellent host for catalyzing sea-life.

Read the story here: Artificial Reef « Asylum for Unborn Architects.


surfing rats

Posted on August 14th, 2009 in Top stories, weird surf.

Paul sent us this link. Some kids have taught their pet rats to surf. And they have the pictures to prove it. Deeply weird!

Pictured: The incredible surfing rats who were taught to ride 4ft waves | Mail Online.


Meyerhoffer – The Evolution of Wave Riding

Posted on April 9th, 2009 in News Stories, Surf News, Top stories, weird surf.

The Meyerhoffer.

The Meyerhoffer.

The Meyerhoffer is possibly the most radical design innovation in Longboarding for a generation. With this ultra-modern take on the traditional Longboard world renowned industrial designer Thomas Meyerhoffer and Global Surf Industries bring his design excellence into the realm of the everyday surfer, increasing the ultimate experience and propelling surfing into the mainstream consciousness more than ever.

Always in search of ways to increase the experience Thomas Meyerhoffer designs products in the areas of sports, technology and furniture. His previous experimental surfboards have been included in New York’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art, while Outside Magazine has tipped the Meyerhoffer Longboard  in 2009 as ‘a surfing product that will blow your mind.’

In action.

In action.

Each section of the board is optimized for maximum performance, the design evolving into an incredibly complex shape with three different bottom contours that transition smoothly into each other with its own purified purpose in an organic and seamlessly effective shape. Just like nature itself. The evolution of the Meyerhoffer has been a process of taking away more than adding to traditional forms, enabling Thomas a greater opportunity to shape the board.

“As a designer I believe in the proportions of nature. If you change a shape in one direction the flow on effect undoubtedly changes it in the other,” said Thomas.

From the wide tail through a minimal waist and into a more classic nose, the design brings short board elements into a longer board to maximize speed and turning, provides paddling ease and high performance nose riding. Every element of the board provides the ability for smooth transition from front to back.

“I want to further explore that indefinable feeling of surfing and I see this same sentiment within Global Surf Industries,” he added.

And in their quest to push the boundaries of surfboard design Australian company Global Surf Industries has teamed with Thomas for the next chapter in this evolution.  The Meyerhoffer once more takes us back to the Longboard and beyond the current shape while still encompassing core shortboard philosophies in its design.

“It has always been a goal of mine to help create definite design differentiation in the retail surf industry,” said GSI Managing Director Mark Kelly.

“As a whole, surfboards are very similar and I believe today it is shapes over construction that we need to develop further.”

Global Surf Industries is the largest surfboard distributer in the world, distributing to over 50 countries. Mark believes if you were to take 20 random boards from the rack at your local surf shop and remove all brand definable markings, most of us would be at a loss trying to differentiate between each. Unless however, included in that collection are the latest Meyerhoffer Longboards.

“We are a company for the recreational surfer and I cannot wait to give every surfer out there the opportunity to ride this truly innovative piece of modern design,” concluded Mark.  The Meyerhoffer model was release in limited numbers in the USA this month. It will be available around the world over the next few months.

The Meyerhoffer is being marketed under Global Surf Industries – Modern Longboards brand. It was officially launched and surfed at this year’s Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing in Australia. The Festival ran from March 15 – 22 and encompassed the GSI One Design Invitational – all contestants surfed the 9’2 Meyerhoffer model. Reports from all surfers who rode the board was that is outperformed their expectations and the comment “There’s some special about this board” were repeated over and over.

For more information, videos and reviews go to www.surfindustries.com/modern

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BOARD SPECIFICATIONS

LENGTH

WIDTH

up from the tail

THICKNESS

rider weight range

7’6”

36” / 21 1/2”

2 3/4”

< 80kg / 175lbs

8’0”

39” / 21 1/2”

2 7/8”

80kg / 175lbs >

9’2”

41” / 22”

3”

< 80kg / 175lbs

9’6”

41” / 22 3/8”

3 1/8”

80kg / 175lbs >

All boards are constructed in GSI’s SLX – Super Lightweight Epoxy – technology to ensure maximum responsiveness. We have glassed all boards with white tinted epoxy resin. They have 2 X 6oz layers of fiberglass on deck and 1 X 4oz bottom with a 6oz patch on the fin area. We give the boards the gloss polish finish and they come 6” or 8” Centre fin and FCS side fins depending on their length.


Weird waves: The Silver Dragon

Posted on February 12th, 2009 in Editor's picks, Vids we like, weird surf.
pic by A.J. Neste from Surfline.com: Rusty Long pulling into a barrel in the Qiantang river bore.

pic by A.J. Neste from Surfline.com: Rusty Long pulling into a barrel in the Qiantang river bore.

In September of 2008, Greg and Rusty Long and Mark Healey joined writer Mike Cianciulli and photographer A.J. Neste from Gerard Sports Marketing on a mission to surf the Qiantang River bore in China Apparently the bore is known to locals as The Silver Dragon and is the focus of a riverside festival.

The river water looks pretty ordinary, but the wave itself doesn’t look too bad. Here’s an excerpt from the blog post on surfline:

Greg Long and Healey zigzagged and carved through our familiar zone. But once they shot Bridge #6 together, the river bent and the wind turned offshore. Rippable sections popped up all over the place. We were forced to forge ahead, much to the dismay of the Communist Government officials, because there was no way for the guide boat to punch through the eight-foot wall of whitewater. And this was our precise excuse for forging past our boundary during the final day.

read the rest of the post on Surfline

(We’re indebted to RealSurfer Kev R. for pointing us to this extraordinary adventure blog on the big US surf site, Surfline.com. )

I did a little search on Google, and turned up some video of the boys’ adventure. And just for comparison, I also grabbed one of the famous Brazillian tidal bore, the Pororoca.

Compare this to the Pororoca in Brazil…


Kelly Slater’s Having a Party – with a credit card company?

Posted on November 14th, 2008 in News Stories, Top stories, weird surf.

Press received at RealSurf:

Summer isn’t over yet, thanks to Kelly Slater and Brett Dennen. If you’ve got a Citi card and are in the L.A. area on November 21, please join Citi and SPIN for a VIP reception and celebration of the world-famous surfer’s new book, For the Love published by Chronicle Books.

Held at the Malibu Performing Arts Center, the night will include an intimate Q&A session with Slater and a performance from favorite Brett Dennen whose new album Hope for the Hopeless is out on Downtown/Dualtone (www.brettdennen.net) 

Each guest will receive a complimentary autographed copy of For the Love. Co-written by long-time surfer Phil Jarratt and featuring an introduction by surf-soundtrack king Jack Johnson, the full-color book reveals Slater’s life and career. For more info on the event, the book, and how to get your tickets, check out privatepass.citi.com. 

For the Love, is a revealing and heartfelt tribute, written with surfing veteran Phil Jarratt. Published by Chronicle Books, For the Love marks the first time Slater’s story has been told in full color – reflecting the latest twists and turns in an incredible and unconventional life. 

November 21, 2008 
8pm – 10pm 
Malibu Performing Arts Center 
23825 Stuart Ranch Road 
Malibu, CA 90265 
Cost: $45 

Each package includes: 
* Access for two (2) to the For the Love private VIP reception* hosted by Kelly Slater on November 21st in Malibu, California. 
* One (1) autographed For the Love book (retail value $45). 
*Includes a Q&A session, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a special performance by Brett Dennen. 
(This offer is available to Citi credit cardmembers. Offer expires Wednesday, November 19 or while supplies last.) 

http://www.spin.com/articles/surfer-kelly-slaters-having-party-and-youre-invited 

“Make You Crazy” video co-starring Mandy Moore and Femi Kuti: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F58TfYHqLak


River surfing

Posted on August 31st, 2008 in weird surf.

Eisbach, Germany

YouTube – Munich Eisbach River Surfing.

Eisbach’s wikipedia entry

Montreal…

Zambezi River