NERD's 3CSup is an ultra light + translucent paddling board for surfers

NERD's 3CSup is an ultra light + translucent paddling board for surfers


italy-based NERD studio brings forward a game-changing generation of super light and ultra-clear boards for stand up paddling, called 3CSup. both a high-tech anf eco-friendly design products, they offer a more sustainable approach, as opposed to the mass production of inflatable and foam core boards  that currently beset the global market, without loss of performance.

tomo 3Csup – location: lago di fiastra, MC, italy



NERD has developed 3CSup with a cardboard core digitally designed through a set of algorithm that control shape, structural performance, internal ventilation, weight and material optimization. highly customizable, the team has set three basic schemes that start to configure the board in terms of performance and aesthetics. one of the advantages of this technology is the resulting lightness of the product, thanks to the core structure and careful lamination system that optimizes materials — giving balance and integrity to the overall shape.

3CSup is a next level, eco-friendly and light weight board for paddlers



finishing off the design is a clean cut cork edge used as reinforcements for the boards, which is digitally developed, easy to assembly and extremely light thanks to its profile thickness. this solution supports the critical parts of the boards for ideal balance and are quite smooth to the touch.

natural cardboard colors of 3CSup create an intriguing play of lights and shadows



even more, the natural cardboard colors of 3CSup create an intriguing play of lights and shadows that optimize the paddling experience. the material filters the light through different angles which ultimately create various effects,depending on the patterns and weather conditions by the sea or lake.

NERD logo close up



with its ultra light weight and innovative core structure, 3CSup minimizes the ecological footprint by using recycled materials to meet expectations of surfers and nature lovers worldwide. in the production process, as mentioned above, 3CSup boards adopt a lamination system that greatly reduces the use of materials.

a next level experience with NERD 3CSup boards



‘3CSup’s system works like the blowhole of a whale!’, notes the team. to elaborate, they’ve installed a mechanism that uses a valve to get the air out, ventilate the core and at the same time guarantee water proof protection for the structural core. this technique is realized by a normal duck bill valve, a replaceable piece so as to avoid substituting everything as times goes by. 

paddling with 3CSup tomo board – location: portonovo, AN, italy

under the bridge – with 3CSup boards, one can paddle everywhere



video © nerd future

wag 3CSup final prototype

detail of the handle

nerd: 100% eco lover

technical specifications



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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

  • Yaaaa… gimmicks in board construction are totally empty promises without a decent shape. The Tomo shape pony-tailer is paddling appears to have no: nose kick, tail kick, rail changes or rocker. May as well be paddling a cardboard box. Also not convinced that cork would make a good rail; paddle strikes are all too common.

    From my perspective, you have started backward. The name of a respected shaper would have been first on my list. …and NERD, really?


    JimCan says:
  • I think the ideas behind this project are great. For sure you could improve somenthing and i’m looking forward to see progresses.
    Love cork rails and all the details.
    Don’t listen some boring “vintage voices”….
    Good job and go on ahead!


    Carl Jensen says:
  • Looks like they came across Mike Sheldrake’s ( site and ran with the concept a bit.
    I’d echo what Jim said about the shape of the board, I can’t see that one being surfed very easily but that’s cool, cruising and yoga are fun too. And, if they can customize like they say, it should be possible to get a decent surfing SUP out of it.

    Fen says:

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