Landlocked surfboard design

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Developing a product in an online community could give you something to look forward to next summer

Crowd sourcing ideas has been a concept for years, but now using forums like GrabCAD it’s developing a stage further to the actual design and production.

Siim Teller, the unlikely surfer in this story, is originally from central Estonia – not known for it’s devil-may-care surfer dudes.

Having caught the bug while on the West Coast of the UK three years ago Siim rates himself as a decent surfer, but one hankering after his own personal board, but in a surfless country like Estonia it was going to be hard.

This planted the idea of using crowd sourcing to design, engineer and eventually build a board.
A 2D sketch image was found from a surfboard forum online, and this, along with a pleading, not entirely specific request was posted on GrabCAD.

In a short time a couple of members had got in touch with two different models, to which Siim tweaked a little more to create what he thinks would be an ideal minimal board for ‘mellow waves’.

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The next step is the building of the board as the chances of production in Estonia are a big fat zero. Already Siim has been contacted by a shaper from the UK who could help turn it into a real board.

It’s by no means a perfect board (the guys who modeled it aren’t surfers) but it shows that you can produce pretty much anything in a matter of days with a buoyant community in full swing.

If you think you can help get in touch here.


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