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Gabriel Medina Rides A SurfBoard With A Built-In Screen

*Pinches bridge of nose*

news // May 10, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

The future is now, and it is bleak. A dark world of grey skies and mediocre waves, where Gabriel Medina, under the watchful eye of stepfather Charles, rides… a black surfboard that communicates. Samsung, proud sponsors of the World Surf League, just *blew minds* and released a video in which Gabs rides a board with a built-in LCD screen, allowing him to receive condition reports and real-time communication from land. Messages could include advice from a coach or spotter, or even encouragement from fans. Yes, you read everything here correctly.

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Alternative messages may include: “Gabriel, adjust your stance,” or “You didn’t really need to claim that ride.”

The Samsung Galaxy Surfboard, as it’s been formally dubbed, loads a cell phone directly into its ‘heart’ through a port on the rail like an oversized sim card, connecting the rider to the digital world. Though we’re pleased by the possibility of people being preoccupied with social banter over actually surfing and letting the better sets slip by for the taking, the implied sentiment that there’s something wrong with the solitary nature of surfing is… just awful.

And really, the cellboard will just never have the attitude that another certain black, talking mode of transport once had:

o KNIGHT RIDER HASSELHOFF facebook

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