We’re afraid we’ll lose some of you if we don’t answer the immediate questions about this concept. We understand that wakesurfing is littered with nonsensical claims and over-hyped ideas that are ordinary at best and less than that more often than not. So we appreciate skepticism! We want to quickly address two concerns. One is the strength of the project and the other is the weight.
Now, this is only a test panel, so if we say it only weighs a few grams, that shouldn’t be construed to mean that a FINISHED wakesurf board would be in the 6 oz range. Our calculations show that we can build it into the 4 pound range. Time will be the judge if it will be sturdy enough. It’s a huge change in the way things are done, so we’d expect there to be issues as we work on a prototype board. Who knows, it may fail altogether! We’ll share that too, we’re real and perhaps if we can’t make it work, we can trigger an idea in someone else and they can reach fruition with it!
So the first, lets call it a proof of concept, is will it have buoyancy enough to be float’ish? We’ve shown before and no doubt you’ve seen your own board floating with a portion under water. Also, add a rider and guess what? They don’t float at all. BUT unladen, the majority of your board is floating above the surface. We wanted to test a few things, but most importantly was would the damn thing float! makes no sense to pursue it, if it sinks like a stone, right?!
So here is a picture of our testing procedure, what we did was fill up the bathroom sink with some water and then sort of “launched” the structure in that water.
Success! It’s really hard to see from that picture, but literally none of the sides of the bottom skin are below the surface.
We understand that some folks will think maybe we have something supporting the structure, so we also took a really short, boring video that we hope shows that there ain’t nothing underneath. You can draw your own conclusions, but this thing is stupid light, so far.
For our mobile enabled friends here is an unedited video of that “launch” and the subsequent floating around the sink!
It’s floating and in the true sense of the word. The entire structure is out of the water. What you can take from that is that it’s lighter than the density of water!!!! Well significantly so, but you get the idea, if it didn’t float it wouldn’t be practical to pursue, so we passed THAT test.
Ok, ok, ok so it floats, but can it stand up to some big fatass standing on it? It’s hard to effectively project that from a small test panel, because our boards aren’t uniform in height, width or thickness. So the best we can do, is load it up and get way above what we would expect on any one area to see if the test panel can manage it.
So, we took it to the office and loaded it down with as many books as we could manage.
We guessed that is around 42 pounds of books. It easily handled that, but our books started to get wobbly!!! So we couldn’t really stack any higher. We have some elevator weights at home that are 60 pounds each, so that will be our next test. We’ll load up a few to see if we can get to 120 pounds on the surface without breaking. What we want to quickly touch on is that structure was able to easily manage 80,000% of it’s own weight. Eighty Thousand percent! AND we think it can do better.
So those are the two proof of concepts we wanted to address, so we didn’t lose folks. We’ll go more in depth on both of those areas as we work with this concept more and we’ll also refine the test so that they are more thorough.
Oh huh, did you see James’ pictures as an infant on the left side of that last picture? So cute!
UPDATE! We broke out the elevator weights and were able to stack 3 – 60 pound weights, for a total of 180 pounds on the structure! What is that 340,000%???!!!! Definitely has some strength and stiffness in that direction.
Thanks so much for following along and sticking with us as we test this concept. We know it’s wild and way out there, but we think there is some relevance to our wakesurfing future.