I was down at Lowers for the final day of the Boost Mobile Pro and I could not believe how fast everyone was going. I have watched thousands of contests before but I have never witnessed such speed and flow in professional surfing. I think this has to do with a few factors of modern day equipment. Over the past few years we have seen single concaves get deeper and deeper, with this in mind, the lift and board speed has increased dramatically. People have also been riding shorter and wider boards which will increase planning and maneuverability. Materials are getting better and lighter. You have advanced PU blanks, epoxy’s, parabolic rails, carbon rails, and so on. With all of these factors, the faster everyone keeps going the more progressive surfing we’re going to see in the future. Everything is based upon speed.
The Master of Speed, Mick Fanning.