Smartfin is a surfboard fin with sensors that measures multiple ocean parameters including salinity, pH, temperature, location, and wave characteristics.  The data surfers acquire while in the water will become accessible in near real-time. Smartfin will not only serve the worldwide scientific community with valuable ocean data but will also raise environmental awareness about our oceans in general.

Since 2015, Smartfin has been in collaboration with researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, one of the world’s leading institutions for oceanographic research, to validate the scientific application of Smartfin in the surf zone.

In June 2016, Smartfin partnered with Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment 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 surfers worldwide.

Collecting Data for a Deeper Understanding of Our Changing Oceans

Key Project Staff


Andrew Stern



Todd McGrain

Artistic Director

Jon Richard

Director of Manufacturing

Kat Hammond

Calibration Tech