With the Smart Fortwo introduced in the US this past January, the iPod Nano in everyone’s backpack and everything else getting more and more compact, it was only a matter of time before someone took it to a completely new level. Nicholas Notara designed a collapsible surfboard whose frame is made of carbon fiber.
Notara carefully designed the board to maintain the balance and weight of a traditional surfboard. The surfboard breaks down and becomes half its usual size with the help of a quick release level and flipping two pins. The board can also adapt to the rides needs with its swappable fin system.
While the collapsible surfboard is not a new concept, Karl Pope first conceived it for Pope-Bisect in 1964 and dubbed it the ‘Travelboard’, Notara’s carbon fiber board has been receiving a lot enthusiasm from the surfing community. The only concerns voiced have been those of cost, loosing the pins or fins, and the board of metal pieces heating up in the hot sun and burning the skin.
While the board is a beautiful example of great design, it is unfortunately just a concept at this time.