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How surfboards work: The science behind the sport

by TechnoBuffalo Team | August 1, 2015August 1, 2015 2:00 pm EST

Ever wonder how surfboards work? What makes them float and skim across the water with such ease? Discovery News explores the history and evolution of surfboards, from the earliest commercially made surfboards that weighed over 100 pounds (45 kg) to today where surfboards use the same materials used in spaceships.

A lot more science goes in to surfboard technology than you might have thought: buoyancy, surface tension, mass, shape, and hydrodynamics. Pretty cool stuff.

So next time you’re at the beach with your friends you can drop all that science knowledge and just let them know its all just hydrodynamic forces in conjunction with various composites leveraging buoyancy, surface tension to make that athlete skim across the water with such ease. Or you can just say “science” and call it a day.


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