Outercraft

Surfboard 100

A dedicated surfboard
to learning to surf

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The Project

Collaboration at the heart of Decathlon’s Water Sports Center with the Olaian teams for the development of the Surfboard 100, an innovative surfboard for beginners.

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Results

Invent new ways of learning through product design

The democratization of access to sports is one of Decathlon’s main areas of innovation. This quest involves the development of solutions that facilitate beginners’ access to new sports practices through fun, safe and fun products.

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A quick look at the beaches shows that surfing is a booming discipline. Since 2020, surfing has been an Olympic discipline. So how do you facilitate the learning of this technical and demanding practice?

The main problems encountered by beginner surfers are:

  • acquiring a raised position for efficient rowing
  • the take off, when the surfer stands up on his board
  • the search for balance, once standing on the board

After various iterations, the teams converged on a sunken deck board concept. This innovative shape thus creates an enhancement on the front of the board, at the level of the practitioner’s bust.

The specific shape of the Surfboard 100 has various advantages:

  • support the surfer’s bust when paddling
  • help him stand up against the waves
  • lower their center of gravity on the board for stability

Once the right solution had been identified and validated, thanks to prototypes and test sessions with a panel of beginner surfers, the Decathlon teams took over for the development and the launch of industrialization.

The Surfboard 100 range is a real hit with beginner surfers. Practitioners consider it stable and manageable and appreciate it up to an intermediate level. You will surely have the opportunity to see it from the beaches of Biarritz to Hossegor and perhaps even to Teahupoo.

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” What we look for in Outercraft is their ability to think outside the box with agility and operational excellence! “

Tom Duranseaud, Surfboard Product Engineer

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