Mercedes-Benz develops surfboard for Garrett McNamara [video]

Tested in the wind tunnel

Mercedes-Benz has created a surfboard specially developed for well-known Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara.

Although they have been quite busy with the new C-Class and S-Class Coupe, Mercedes-Benz still had the time to create their very own surfboard. It was developed at the firm's Design Centre in Sindelfinge in collaboration with reputable surfer Garrett McNamara. Their main task was to establish the suitable weight distribution and type of material to come up with another example of the company's motto: "the best or nothing."

Four surfboards were created and all of them were tested by McNamara earlier this month in Portugal. The boards conducted winter testing as well as spending many hours in the wind tunnel. Mercedes-Benz says the cooperation could be extended onto other projects later this year.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

Surfboards for the biggest wave in the world 

Mercedes-Benz Design creates surfboards for surfing legend Garrett McNamara

Stuttgart/Nazaré (Portugal).  Against the backdrop of the lighthouse at Nazaré in Portugal, one of the most famous surfing locations in the world, Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG, handed over four surfboards to Garrett McNamara. The Hawaiian surfing star and world record holder aims to use the boards, which he has developed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, to "ride" the monster waves off the coast at Nazaré. 

The four surfboards were designed and engineered by McNamara together with designers and engineers from Mercedes-Benz at the company's Design Centre in Sindelfingen and subjected there to extreme testing, for example in the wind tunnel. Mercedes-Benz was responsible for the design and McNamara for the shape and weight of the boards. The key quest of the cooperation was to identify the ideal material and the perfect distribution of weight on the board. The boards, which were built in Portugal and are specifically suited to surfing on giant waves, each have a slightly different shape and have been tailor-made to McNamara's weight and height. The joint project, under the name "MBoard", represents an impressive example of the Mercedes-Benz motto: "The best or nothing".

Surfing legend McNamara tested the boards for the first time from 2 to 13 February in Portugal, showing himself more than satisfied with the result. The cooperation could well be extended to further projects over the course of 2014; for example involving the use of telemetry to measure for the first time the precise speeds achieved by extreme surfers.

46-year-old Garrett McNamara, known in the surfing world simply as G-Mac, has been among the world's leading surfers for many years now. He has become particularly well known for his spectacular rides on the huge waves off Hawaii, Alaska and Portugal. Since November 2011 he has held the record for the largest wave ever surfed, 24 metres, set off the coast at Nazaré. Garrett McNamara has surfed the gigantic waves of Nazaré at 62.4 km/hour. This maximum peak of speed was revealed by the surfer himself this Wednesday.

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dcars62 dcars62
Hmm I see a pattern, BMW Designs Bobsleds for the US and M&B designs Surf boards for a US surfer. What does VW have in mind for the us? Maybe a Union?
Feb 26th, 2014 3:32pm
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Rennfahrer Rennfahrer
...Because BMW Olympic bobsled?
Feb 26th, 2014 3:19pm
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