The Physics (and Magic) of the Surfboard

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6 pm

Location: End of Days Distillery Outdoor Patio (1815 Castle Street)

Arrive early to order drinks, find a seat and get settled!

Join Cape Fear Museum and UNCW’s Dr. Dylan McNamara to discuss some of the basic physics principles that influence the way a surfboard works. He will cover topics ranging from shortboards to longboards, from single fins to thrusters, and from concaves to channel bottoms. While most of these subjects can be understood with an appeal to fundamental concepts in physics, Dr. McNamara plans to highlight some of the inner workings of a surfboard that can only be described as magic.

About our Presenter
Dr. McNamara is the Chair and a Professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography at UNCW. Dr. McNamara received his PhD in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD and he holds an MS degree in Physics from San Diego State University. Dr. McNamara has published over 30 articles in a wide range of fields including oceanography, economics, ecology, and physics. Funding for his research has come from the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

Photo Credits: D.J. Struntz

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