We're living in a golden age of technological surf innovation. From Alaias to Diamond Dobby boardshorts, it seems each new day brings an equipment breakthrough that pushes performance surfing boldly into the future.
Today I'd like to spotlight a few products that are sure to change the way we surf:
1) Starr Surf Skis
Have you ever wished you could be a rollerblader of the ocean? Do you dream of becoming a mythical creature that is part SUPer, part GoatBoater, part Skier, and all douche? Well then Starr's Surf Skis are for you!
Jason Starr received a U.S. patent this past February for a new sport he invented called surf skiing, which uses waves as a force for skiing. At the core of the invention is Starr’s belief that surfing and skiing share a bond as originals in the world of action sports, both rooted in rich cultures and ancient histories, and both fueled by timeless sources of peace and power—the ocean and the mountains. They co-exist harmoniously on the snow, and the relationship now extends to the surf.
Since Mr. Starr literally has a patent on this sport, you'll have to visit him in Lake Champlain to learn, where he
2) Denno Pop
I think the best way to sum up this product is with a testimonial from
I want to thank you for inventing the DPop. Yesterday I used my DPop at Surfrider beach. What I found is that the support under my chest actually allowed me to catch twice the amount of waves as I usually do. Normally when paddling into a wave I have to rely on my hips to balance the board but with the DPop the balance control was improved. Also my girlfriend has used the DPop for 3 days now and has caught more waves than she ever has...
Sincerely, Kevin Rosenbloom
The DPop site goes on to note that "The DPop can help anyone who'd like to improve their paddle; from the very beginner to the very advanced. Just remember, you'll be so easily catching waves, let your fellow surfer enjoy the break too..."
Not convinced yet? Then check out
3) Surf the Ring
I've seen this wavepool concept before, and if Matthew McConaughey got Bill Gates stoned and convinced him to build one, it might be pretty fuckin' cool. Dude.
Until then, we're left with the pitch-video of inventor Kevin Roberts.
This might just be one of the finest promotional videos I've seen in a quite some time. Please take a moment to enjoy it in its entirety - it's quite relaxing. As Mr. Roberts notes, "The way that you lose this race is by wiping out... and the wipe outs will be spectacular!”
Thanks to PostSurf readers for the product suggestions.