Surfing Legend Garrett McNamara Rides a Mercedes Board

Garrett McNamara and Mercedes-Benz designers engineer ideal surf board for giant waves

by  John Clark  | 

|

Against the backdrop of the lighthouse at Nazaré in Portugal, one of the most famous surfing locations in the world, Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG, handed over four surfboards to Garrett McNamara. The Hawaiian surfing star and world record holder aims to use the boards, which he has developed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, to “ride” the monster waves off the coast at Nazaré.

The four surfboards were designed and engineered by McNamara together with designers and engineers from Mercedes-Benz at the company’s Design Centre in Sindelfingen and subjected there to extreme testing, for example in the wind tunnel. Mercedes-Benz was responsible for the design and McNamara for the shape and weight of the boards. The key quest of the cooperation was to identify the ideal material and the perfect distribution of weight on the board. The boards, which were built in Portugal and are specifically suited to surfing on giant waves, each have a slightly different shape and have been tailor-made to McNamara’s weight and height. The joint project, under the name “MBoard”, represents an impressive example of the Mercedes-Benz motto: “The best or nothing”.

Surfing legend McNamara tested the boards for the first time from 2 to 13 February in Portugal, showing himself more than satisfied with the result. The cooperation could well be extended to further projects over the course of 2014; for example involving the use of telemetry to measure for the first time the precise speeds achieved by extreme surfers.

Garrett McNamara Mercedes-Benz

Garrett McNamara helps create Mercedes-Benz surfboard

46-year-old Garrett McNamara, known in the surfing world simply as G-Mac, has been among the world’s leading surfers for many years now. He has become particularly well known for his spectacular rides on the huge waves off Hawaii, Alaska and Portugal. Since November 2011 he has held the record for the largest wave ever surfed, 24 metres, set off the coast at Nazaré. Garrett McNamara has surfed the gigantic waves of Nazaré at 62.4 km/hour. This maximum peak of speed was revealed by the surfer himself this Wednesday.

|
 
01 / 04 >
surfing legend Garrett McNamara Mercedes-Benz
01 / 04 >

More to Explore

Mercedes AMG In Talks To Buy MV Augusta

Mercedes AMG In Talks To Buy MV Augusta

_____

It is being reported by a company insider that Mercedes-AMG is readying a potential bid to buy Italian motorcycle maker...

Read More »

EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style Helicopter by Airbus

Mercedes-Benz Shows Off Helicopter, Yacht and more for Charity

_____

Mercedes-Benz Style presented its luxury designer products at the 23rd McCall's Motorworks Revival in Monterey. Rare classics, today's best and...

Read More »

Aluminium piston (left) the new steel piston (right)

High-Tech Steel Pistons Make Mercedes Diesels Even More Efficient

_____

Innovative engineering from Mercedes-Benz once again provides trendsetting impetus in passenger car diesel technology. The world's pioneer in diesel technology...

Read More »

GET IN TOUCH

Tips, Requests & Questions
Advertise with Us
Jobs

ABOUT US

About eMercedesBenz
Trademark Information
Terms of Use
Privacy Policy eMercedesBenz the world's leading online Mercedes-Benz magazine dedicated to covering the Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and smart brands. Established with the intent of bringing Mercedes-themed content from across the globe to one centralized location, eMercedesBenz has since grown to become the world's foremost Mercedes magazine by which to find the latest news, information, reviews and rumors pertaining to the Mercedes-Benz family of brands. In addition, eMercedesBenz also offers a distinct lifestyle section featuring an assortment of products and services. Each week, our team finds the hottest new gear, the latest style and the best places to travel in a variety of categories, all of which are aimed at making your life better, more refined and more enjoyable.