This year’s conference is all about efforts to try and take the guesswork out of making better waves and better surfing equipment. Of course, everyone has a different take on what makes a good wave – and evaluating surfboard performance can often lead to opinions that are little more than ‘psychosomatic’ (Steve Pezman, 2000). However, with some outstanding engineers and clear-thinking surfers on the agenda, as well as a first-ever fin ‘turbulence’ project at the Scripps Hydraulic Laboratory, SASIC 8 promises to be an event unique in the history of surfers trying to create waves and equipment to match their dreams.
Saturday – Conference Sessions
9 a.m -. Introduction and welcome – Cher Pendarvis and Glenn Hening
9:30 a.m -. Shaping Waves in the Ocean: Dr. Jose Borrero, University of Southern California_Dr. Borrero’s presentation will touch on his work while at USC on nearshore shoaling systems and his current work with ASR, the New Zealand company building surfing reefs around the world. He will also present concerning the recent removal of Pratte’s Reef and what was learned from the project.
10:30 a.m. Shaping Waves on Land – Marshall Myrman, Wave Loch, Inc._From a table-top model of a standing wave in 1994 to installed Flowriders around the world, Tom Lochtefeld and crew have spent a lot of time and energy coming up with ways to shape waves that create a surfing-like experience with not an ocean in sight. Marshall will present an overview of the history – and the future of Wave Loch, Inc.
11:30 a.m. The Dr. Walter Munk Lecture Series_The Physical Forces of Surfing – Dr. David Sandwell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography_The Society is honored to have Dr. Munk lend his considerable reputation to recognize significant achievements in the world of oceanography by recommending Dave Sandwell to provide us with an overview of the forces and physical properties involved in riding waves. Lunch break
1:00 Equipment Update – Tyler Callaway, Bob ‘The Greek’ Bohlen and Ned McMahon_The men behind FCS, the Turbo Tunnel fins and Biofoam will each give a brief update on developments in their fields since their presentations at SASIC 6 in 2007.
1:30 Fin Turbulence Patterns – Steve Pendarvis, veteran surfer and equipment designer_Steve will narrate a slide show of turbulence patterns photographed at the Hydraulics Lab at Scripps of fins from his collection and other unique fins. This project was conducted not to make any claims for or against any particular fin design but rather to take a preliminary step towards more rigorous testing in the future.
2:00 p.m. Icthyodynamics and Surfboard Design – Glenn Hening, veteran surfer and Society co-founder_A presentation on the pioneering work of Rick Vogel to understand what can be learned from fish when it comes to surfboard design. Focusing on the shape of an oceanic apex predator, the broadbill swordfish, Vogel unlocked some of the secrets behind a naturally efficient design essentially un-changed for 35 million years.
3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion_A Q&A session covering issues raised during the day’s proceedings.
4:30 p.m. Wrap up and closing film – The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun_Arguably the most innovative surfing film of its time, George Greenough’s coverage of different surfboard and fin designs has been modified for greater clarity, and you won’t want to miss seeing George’s footage from inside the tube projected on a big screen.
8 a.m. to noon, a morning of wave-testing a variety of surfboard and fin designs. In years past we have had surfers riding up to nine different boards to open up new versions of their surfing experience, and the waves at the Scripps Pier have made it a fun time for all.
Pre-registration is $45 – includes parking, event t-shirt, and a box lunch for the first 75 attendees. Register Online. Special ‘tough times’ rates! Bring the whole family for only $45, and students/seniors get in for free. (No free lunches or shirts). Walk-up registration $50 – Free shirts and food while they last. Cash or check only please. To pre-register, Send check or money order payable to Groundswell Society to SASIC 8 c/o Glenn Hening – Groundswell Society, 5212 Moonstone Way, Oxnard Shores, 93035 or use Paypal through the Society’s website. For more info, check http://www.groundswellsociety.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.