Mercedes-Benz x Garrett McNamara Cork Surfboard

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  • 5 Years ago
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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.

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“LIVE FAST DIE FLY” Nick Reed is not the typical New Orleans native. Even with an B.A. in Journalism and Creative Writing from Xavier University, it has been said that he was always different. Through fashion and creative writing Nick has always found a way to express himself. He is the owner of So Authentic promotional group and was a former Editor-in chief of the Xavier Herald. Over the past few years he and partner Yoey Yo have developed My HELL OF A LIFE and GFC clothing brand in hopes to change the world. Their main goal is to just make the world a little more fresh.

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