Earlier this year we reported on the massive swells that hit Nazarre and in particular the Mercedes surfboard ridden by Garrett McNamara, that through clever technology was clocked being ridden at nearly 63km/hour. Mercedes and G-Mac teamed up to produce 4 boards known as The Silver Arrows of The Sea in a collaboration known as the MBoard Project. Now, with the help of Corticeira Amorim, the partnership have created a board made from Portuguese cork known as the MBoard 2.0
A second board will also be made, this one crafted from foam that is usually found in the manufacture of aircraft wings. Unusually, this second MBoard is constructed without a stringer, and Garrett is expecting to see maximum flexibility, without loss of strength.
Although the boards are as yet untested in massive surf, this will not deter G-Mac who will be taking on the huge swells that will undoubtedly smash Praia do Norte in Portugal this coming season. I’m not sure I would put so much faith in a Surfboard made from cork, but Garret is a special breed of Surfer who will be looking to break his own world record for biggest wave surfed.
A teaser video released by Mercedes of the cork MBoard can be seen below and it certainly looks a slick piece of kit. Let us know if you think Garret will succeed on his cork Surfboard and would you put your faith in a stringerless or cork constructed Surfboard?