Getting a PhD in Surf Science

Aug 21, 2010
Outside Magazine

UCSD graduate student Benjamin Thompson wants the process of selecting a surfboard to be a little bit more scientific. The Ph.D. candidate is researching how composite fibers in surfboards react to different users, according to Thompson is bulding a system for measuring the flex of the particles in the board. The goal is to determine what surfboards work best for different individuals so users can find the perfect ride.

You can watch this video above to see how some undergrads are testing some of his technology. While he's still working on his thesis, Thompson has also set up a the web site called Board Formula to help people find a board that suits them. Thompson's title at his new company? Chief Daydreamer.

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