Mercedes-Benz has partnered with world-class Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara and Portuguese company Polen Surfboards to produce two new, innovative surfboards. The first, made entirely from the renewable raw material of cork, has already been handed over to McNamara and can be seen in the gallery above. “As Portugal is the world’s biggest producer of cork, it makes sense to use that material to produce high-performance surfboards,” explains McNamara. “For surfing high waves, we need a flexible board that is also tough enough not to break.”
Taking a different approach when developing the second surfboard, which has yet to be produced, they opted for a foam material used mainly in the aviation industry. The material allows the surfboard to be constructed without longitudinal reinforcements (stringers). McNamara expects “this board to offer maximum flexibility with no loss of strength, allowing it to withstand the high waves in the northern bay of Nazaré.”
Garrett McNamara currently holds the record for the highest wave ever surfed, using the “MBoards” developed by Mercedes-Benz in 2013.