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  • To be able to be doing science while you're out there on the surfboard surfing down the face of a wave, it's just such a fleeting moment.

  • It's incredible to actually be able to do it.

  • A Smartfin is a surfboard fin.

  • You clip it on the bottom of your board and you go out for your surf session.

  • It has technology that measures ocean pH, salinity, ocean temperature, and very detailed wave characteristics.

  • So there will be an enormous amount of data.

  • The reason these parameters are important is because they are shifting directly as a result of climate change.

  • We have detailed information about the deep ocean but very limited accurate information about the near shore.

  • Satellites can't be really accurate with data in that narrow zone and the other way is ocean buoys.

  • And they're just not deployed at the coast.

  • Bingo, Smartfin can fill that gap.

  • Collecting oceanic data is a very time consuming, expensive process.

  • This is like, you just need to know how to surf.

  • The data moves from your fin to your phone via Bluetooth.

  • And from your phone it goes up to our servers where everything's processed.

  • I had to develop sensors that don't affect the surfboard.

  • Nobody's gonna surf a fin that is not a standard foil.

  • Aside from that LED right there that's blinking that tells you that there's like some sort of technology in there, you wouldn't know the difference.

  • So we've got a test tank set up now.

  • And we're just trying to look at the precision and accuracy of the, um, instrument itself.

  • Things are looking pretty promising.

  • As a scientist it's pretty exciting to be able to get data over these different time and space scales.

  • I mean the fact that you can go out and surf and contribute to understanding what's actually happening out there is incredible.

  • I'm not a surfer, I know nothing about surfing.

  • I know I look like a surfer, but I'm not.

  • Surfers are very influential and care deeply about the environment and want to be talking about it.

  • So Smartfin is just a tool to do that in a more concrete way.

To be able to be doing science while you're out there on the surfboard surfing down the face of a wave, it's just such a fleeting moment.

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The Surfboard Fin That's Saving the Ocean

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    許大善 posted on 2020/10/28
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