McNamara's airplane wing foam surfboard by Mercedes-Benz

January 5, 2015 | Surfing
Mercedes-Benz: Varial Foam inside

Garrett McNamara has tested a new surfboard powered by Mercedes-Benz. Because he's riding giants, he needs "the best or nothing."

What's the best way to sell high-end cars? Call a big wave surfer and design a set of innovative surfboards for extreme rides. Then, test them in the most outrageous marine conditions.

In this particular case, Mercedes-Benz partnered with Varial to take McNamara's equipment to the next level, using the brand's foam expertise. As a result, the Hawaiian daredevil took a "super flex Varial airplane wing foam surfboard" to the waters of Nazare, in Portugal.

Varial, a company founded by Edison Conner and Parker Borneman, says its foam is "not a variation of polyurethane or expanded polystyrene. It's an advanced aerospace formula," that promises 20% more strength, 25% less weight, and eliminates the need of a stringer.

The Varial Foam bullet is part of the MBoard Project by Mercedes-Benz. Have you seen the McNamara's cork surfboard built by the German car manufacturer? uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.