Quick heads up to ensure you realise that the below is part of an annual April Fools post that Tim and I post every year. The Hurley x Space-X Lightspeed Boardshort, is – unfortunately – not happening, not even a thing between the two. Even if Elon rang up to say it was a good idea… 

So, please be aware that this entire article is part of April Fools, which is now well and truly dusted for 2019. We’ll be back for something around the Olympics next year I imagine. Hope you had a fun day đŸ™‚ 

Hurley have just released the biggest leap forward in boardshort technology since the Phantom. The Lightspeed boardshort, built in collaboration with Elon Musk’s Space X, is made from a futuristic material scientifically proven to reduce luminance drag.

“Colors like black absorb light molecules, which slows surfers down on sunny days. The same goes for rocket ships,” said Elon Musk about the collaboration. “That’s why we’ve been testing the best reflective colors in our R&D facility at Space X to optimize for thrust speed. After we released our Tesla Surfboard with Mayhem we wanted to keep that fun vibe going, so decided to extend with Space X and Hurley in helping them develop these shorts.”

The technology works by reflecting light away from the shorts, eliminating any drag-inducing luminance into the fabric. They have also been tailored for aerodynamics and dipped in a hydrophilic coating for hydrodynamics as well. But, it’s the colouring that really has the biggest impact. On a grade of colours with ultimate reflection, there’s black at the slowest end, sliver towards the top and metallic red at the pinnacle.

“It turns out red really does go faster,” laughed Musk. “When combined with a metallic sheen, it bounces off more light absorption than anything else. We’re going to be using the same color for our next generation Dragon spacecraft.”

The Hurley x Space-X Lightspeed will be released as Filipe Toledo’s signature trunk – which is fitting for the fastest surfer in the world. During testing at Kelly’s Surf Ranch, Toledo was clocked going a record 51.4 miles per hour (82km/h for empiricists). That improves on his previous record by a full 34%!

The Hurley x Space-X Lightspeed Boardshorts are available for pre-order here, you’ll be ponying up around $180 though. For those with cash to burn, hit the link

Quick heads up to ensure you realise that the above is part of an annual April Fools post that Tim and I post every year. The Hurley x Space-X Lightspeed Boardshort, is – unfortunately – not happening, not even a thing between the two. Even if Elon rang up to say it was a good idea… 

So, please be aware that this entire article is part of April Fools, which is now well and truly dusted for 2019. We’ll be back for something around the Olympics next year I imagine. Hope you had a fun day đŸ™‚