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Porsche and world-record-holder Sebastian Steudtner present jointly developed surfboard
• Big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner wants to take his sport to a new level with the support of
• Presentation of a hydrodynamically and aerodynamically optimised surfboard for wave and surfing speeds of over 80 km/h.
Shanghai/Cascais. Sebastian Steudtner is the current world record holder in big-wave surfing with a wave height of 26.21 metres. With enhanced equipment, he wants to go even bigger in the future. In his long-term partnership with
The idea of the collaboration was to translate experience from automotive development to the surfing context. Using the latest simulation methods and wind tunnel validation, the team improved the surf-board’s handling in the water (hydrodynamics) as well as the aerodynamics of both the board and the surfer – always with the goal in mind of reducing drag in both the water and the air. And enabling Steudtner to reach higher speeds on the board. 70 to 80 km/h is currently possible. The higher speed is necessary to ride bigger waves – because the higher a wave is, the faster the surfer has to be to keep it from crashing over him.
Aero-edges for surfing speeds of up to 100 km/h
Optimisation of the complete system of Sebastian’s surfboard resulted in significantly reduced drag, which in turn could now potentially enable surfing speeds of up to 100 km/h. “To reduce drag and stabilise the board, patented attachments known as aero edges were added to the front and back of the board”, explains Marcus Schmelz, Project Manager at
Beyond the structural changes to the board, aerodynamics tests in the
Steudtner’s new board was dubbed the “Caçador RS”. The name is a combination of the Portuguese word “Caçador” (hunter) and the classic
“It’s a very exciting moment for me to introduce our ‘Caçador RS’ at long last”, says Sebastian Steudtner. “Together with the
Next project already in the works: the precise measurement of waves
Using a measuring drone, in the future it will be possible to quickly and accurately measure the height of waves. At present, measurements are made using videos and still photographs.
The current prototype from
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