Smartfin Development to Date
The Smartfin Program began in 2014. From 2016 to 2017, we conducted a focused Smartfin Pilot Program. Smartfin has been rigorously tested by surfers and oceanographers. We now have a fin that is robust, accurate, user-friendly, and currently in development for scaled-up manufacturing and distribution in TBD 2020.
While developing the Smartfin technology, we have concurrently built strong relationships with ocean science institutions, surf industry leaders, and ocean advocacy organizations. Smartfin technology has been developed by our partners at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at U.C. San Diego. Our Scripps partnership ensures that the Smartfin technology and data is accurate and held in high regard by peer research institutions worldwide. Smartfins and the data collected with them are currently being used by teams of oceanographers in England, Australia, San Diego and Hawaii. Scripps scientists will also be publishing scientific papers for peer-reviewed publications.
For Smartfin’s surfer engagement strategies, we have partnered with Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. Surfrider will provide logistical and outreach support for the distribution of fins to its network of chapters across the United States.
Our data management collaborator, Axiom provides data organization, consolidation, visualization and open accessibility. Axiom presents Smartfin data alongside other established monitoring systems like NOAA buoys and NASA satellite data. Axiom’s platform makes this data available to end users for scientific research and analysis. Axiom’s platform also provides our internal Smartfin team with a way to monitor and manage the data that is coming into the system.