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Smart Surfboards… So 2004!

May 10, 2016

Gulf Stream Intel

By now you’ve probably already seen Gabriel Medina’s collaboration with Samsung to create the first Samsung Galaxy Surfboard, but you might not know that back in 2004 Gulf Stream teamed up with Intel to create the world’s first surfboard with a built-in wireless computer – right here in sunny Woolacombe!

Admittedly back then technology meant that the 9’2″ Gulf Stream was a little more cumbersome than Medina’s sleek looking sled, but if you cast your mind back you probably owned a Nokia 3310 back in 2004 – so a wireless surfboard was pretty out there!

Above you can see the Gulf Stream board on its maiden voyage at Croyde, as part of GoldCoast Oceanfest back in 2004! (On a side note, this year marks the Croyde surf & music festival’s 18th birthday and you can still grab tickets here.)

Below you can check out Medina’s board in action.

Smart surfboards… So 2004!

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