Flexi Week on Swellnet
In 1967 George Greenough was the most advanced shaper in the world. A regular visitor to Australia, Greenough attracted a coterie of disciples who absorbed his theories on surfcraft design and set them to work. Despite its name, the Shortboard Revolution was much more than a radical reassessment of length. Inspired by Greenough, surfers looked at their boards anew: at fin design, hull shape, planshape, and flex patterns. They threw out the old ideas en masse and applied Greenough’s futuristic designs, building upon his work, either pushing them to breaking point, or morphing them into new concepts to fully realise their potential.
This was true for all Greenough’s ideas bar one - flex.
“Flex remains the one area of George’s teachings that hasn’t been fully explored,” says Mitchell Rae of Outer Islands Surfboards.
So next week Swellnet is gonna shimmy out onto the springboard and take a leap into the world of flex.
- On Monday we'll track Mitchell Rae's flexible trajectory.
- Tuesday Nev Hyman will explain how the search for flex was the inspiration for Firewire.
- Wednesday we'll meet a scientist measuring surfboard flex in the lab.
- Thursday I've got no idea what'll appear, maybe nothing, it is flexi week after all.
- And on Friday we'll chat to the guy who is no longer a Bush Rat but still a master of integrated flex, Jed Done.
See you then...