The short life of GPS speed surfing

When GPS devices were introduced in professional surfing, it felt like a new door had opened. Two years later, nobody knows who’s the fastest surfer on Tour. In 2011, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast decided to debut an innovative speed management system. The idea was to track the surfers’ performance and unofficially “crown” a speed champion.

The use of the GPS devices was not compulsory during heats. Only those willing to compete with the electronic device would get data for further analysis.

The technology allowed taking interesting conclusions, not only on speed issues, but also on “flow”, distance and wave face decisions.

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