Thomas Meyerhoffer and his shortboard/longboard hybrid things. Photo by Nick Allen

Just when you thought design breakthroughs were a thing of the past, here's some footage of Thomas Meyerhoffer's shapely new boards being test-ridden at the Noosa '09 Festival of Surfing. Granted, the waves were barely over ankle-high, but the message seems to be pretty clear: this curvaceous hipster clearly pleased all who rode on her.

We'll be talking to Thomas for an upcoming article in the mag, and we're hunting down footage of his boards in some waves of solid size, but meantime, get ahead of the curve by checking this out:

Story update: For further developments in the parabolic rail story, go here: http://surferspath.com/news/parabolic-rails-update