But a surfboard has now been developed that lets surfers surf while surfing. The prototype board has been built by Devon "shaper" Jools Matthews. It houses a laptop, solar panels, and video camera, and is to launch at the Intel GoldCoast Oceanfest on 18 June.
The world's first wi-fi board uses a high-speed net connection point - hotspot - positioned on the beach.
Chip makers Intel has commissioned the unusual surfboard as part of the free sports and music festival in North Devon to show off how technology can be brought to the sea and sand.
The board will have its maiden outing on the waves when it is used by international pro surfer Duncan Scott at the event.
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