The goal of the Red Bull Surf Science project is not to revolutionize the way we approach surfing, or even try to elevate it to the next level. Instead, the objective is to further advance the technology that is being developed, and test it in the harshest conditions possible. If we can get this technology to work and produce credible results, we’ll be able to take key learnings and hopefully improve athlete performance, not only in the water but with other sports as well. - Red Bull
Red Bull came to us early on during their Surf Science project with a few questions:
How can we connect coaches on the shore to athletes in the water?
How do we compress the feedback loop and give surfers an edge on their next wave?
What if surfers in the water could watch an instant replay of their last ride while still in the water?
What if coaches could provide video analysts to athletes before their next wave?
Using a waterproof wearable running Android they wanted to use Coach’s Eye on an iPad and send video to athletes in the water.
Oh and by the way, there is no Internet.
Over the next six weeks we set out to answer the questions Red Bull proposed. We developed a prototype that sends a video from Coach’s Eye on the iPad to Coach’s Eye on the Android device.
Using a directional antenna the Red Bull High Performance Team sends video filmed with Coach’s Eye, to the athlete and coach in the water.
Surfing is the the ultimate test of human will. Battling nature to express your creativity and spirit. Each athlete applies their knowledge of the ocean paired with incredible technique. It has always been a solitary pursuit. An individual conquering the forces of nature, alone. The salt and sea have been a impenetrable to technology. Limiting the opportunities for coaching and feedback.
Watch the video below for more detail!