More Steps and a Lower Heart Rate: Matt and Henry’s Wooden Surfboard Workshop Experience
03 . 10 . 19
For the second of our August “Make Your Own Wooden Surfboard” workshops, we were joined by Matt and Henry. Matt runs a company that designs multi-sensory experiences for theme parks (rides and experiences such as simulators) and works between the UK and Florida, where he does most of his surfing, whilst Henry is a neurosurgeon who grew up on a farm in Devon’s Otter Valley. With roles like those, it was no surprise that they both wore watches that captured data about their activity. One lunchtime, their fitness watches came up in conversation and we discussed the positive and negative points of different surf apps that use watch data and GPS tracking to record your waves and wave count, speed, paddle speed and so on. We’re fascinated to find out some day how our wooden surfboards compare to foam-core surfboards in terms of speed on a wave and paddle speed, but our conversation then took a different turn: Matt had been wearing his watch every day (Henry had taken the opportunity of a few days digital detox, including from his watch, on the first few days) so how did a week on his feet making a wooden surfboard compare to a week at work? We had the data in front of us, so did some sums!