Hydrodynamica

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Hydrodynamica is an independent film project dedicated to exploring and acknowledging the work of Bob Simmons, a brilliant and eccentric California surfer who died while surfing at Windansea Beach in San Diego in 1954.

By looking into the origin and influence of Simmons’ 1940s surfboard designs, which he called ‘hydrodynamic planing hulls’, we discover a narrative thread that connects Western science, design, and popular culture to the centuries old finless planing boards of Hawaii and Oceana.

Through Simmons, the compelling story of the Planing Totem, the ancient and deceptively simple root of modern board riding, is revealed.

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