SURF’IN is a Bordeaux-based startup founded in August 2015 by Yann Lecommandoux and Loïc Griffié, it has developed an interactive discussion platform for surfers and has just designed the first fully connected surfboard. After two years of development, the SLIDE-R prototype is now being marketed with the team’s Kickstarter project due to go live in the not too distant future.
Press Release: After two years of R&D, the Bordeaux startup Surf’in is now marketing SLIDE-R, the first fully connected surfboard, to the general public. A sensor weighing just a few grams is built directly into the board in order to collect key data on the athlete’s use and performance. Nantes (44), Angoulins (17), Boulazac (24), Bordeaux (33), Caen (14) – the entire manufacturing chain is carried out in France, from the electronic cards to the custom-moulded boards. A true “Made in France” innovation!
Yann Lecommandoux and Loïc Griffié, the 2 founders of Surf’in, are already seasoned pros. In 2015, these two fans of technology and board sports made a name for themselves by launching the first social network for surfers. Two years later, the partners developed an autonomous sensor that records and analyses speed, wave distance covered and other key data for the analysis of the athlete’s activity. “This is the first time we have access to such precise data on our sport! It opens doors for further improvements in performance,” says Rico Leroy, World Champion in Tandem Surfing.
With an operating life of 580 hours, the sensor continuously recharges thanks to a photovoltaic panel placed on the top side of the board. In another stroke of genius, data is automatically recorded as soon as the athlete hits the water. Surfers can therefore fully concentrate on their sport without worrying about recharging the device, turning it on, or downloading the data collected, which is also automatically and instantaneously retrieved by an application.
“For this project, we worked with the 11 engineers of the company Ob’dO Contact Agile, specialised in connected objects for sports. We did not want to simply create a sensor to install on a surfboard, but instead wished to redesign the board by building the sensor directly into it. During these 2 years of R&D, our main goal was to design an innovative, autonomous and ergonomic tool that is adapted to the needs and wishes of surfers both amateur and professional,” Loïc Griffié, co-founder of Surf’in, explains.
To perfect this technological innovation, the young startup teamed up with UWL- Surfboards, the French surfboard designer with a pan-European reputation. “Enthralled by the concept and the cutting-edge technology of SLIDE-R, we are thrilled to be involved in the launch of the first fully connected surfboards,” says Renaud Cardinal, co- founder and shaper at UWL-Surfboard. Dimensions, materials, design, functions: each board is made to measure. Expertise and manufacturing quality that give the final product an unparalleled level of performance.