Early surfboard shapes must have taken their design inspiration from canoes. And canoes were modified tree trunks that had been observed as buoyant. So the connection to actual sea creatures and their distinctive body shape must have come later after the floating was solved. If it had been made at all. These days every aspect of a surfboard is pretty much sorted out as well. So there is little room for a facelift. Designer Giulio Iacchetti and Francesco A. Fiorentino surfer and chief editor of the italian website Surfer´s Den collaborated on a series of new shapes. And the outcome is very cool. The basic idea had been there all the time and seemingly right in front of everyone that no one actually saw it. Take the outlines and features of some of the fastest swimmers and navigators in the ocean and you have the Surf-o-Morphs. Named Orca Surfboard, Shark and Dolphin the 3 shapes resemble the original designs enough to be of use in the water but not too much to be considered tacky or just for looks. The Surf-o-Morph collection will premiere at the 2014 Fuori Salone at this year´s Milan Design Week.
Images by Max Rommel
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