Surfers and luxury car enthusiasts alike are going to celebrate this amazing product: a surfboard produced by Mercedes-Benz. It's called the MBoard and was originally designed for surf legend Garrett McNamara to ride some of the world's largest waves off the coast of Portugal. Garrett McNamara currently holds the record for the biggest wave ever surfed, but he hopes to push this boundary even further with the Mercedes MBoard. According to a recent press release, "Garrett used boards designed by Mercedes-Benz in 2013 to surf big waves in Nazaré at 62.4 km/h, a staggering speed whose measurement was only made possible by the use of a telemetry system developed by Mercedes-Benz within the scope of the MBoard Project."
The MBoard prototype was made using cork, which allows for a lightweight surfboard that is extremely durable. According to Carlos de Jesus at Corticeira Amorim, the company Mercedes-Benz collaborated with on the project, “The technical performance of natural cork and, in this particular case, of the Corecork range, is doubtlessly an important asset for extreme sports enthusiasts, namely extreme surfers." In addition to its practical advantages, cork gives the board a sleek, natural look that'll certainly to turn heads at the beach.
Mercedes-Benz has also started researching new materials for upcoming models of their MBoard, including something called Varial Foam. According to Parker Borneman, CEO of Varial Surf Technology, "Varial Foam is the world's first advanced aerospace foam core designed specifically for surfboards...[the] technology yields a stronger, lighter, more responsive board while enabling a larger range of custom flex patterns."
Mercedes-Benz has not announced when their MBoard will be made available to the public, but there's no doubt lux-lovers and beach bums alike will be chomping at the bit for its release.