Between the Olympics and the Super Bowl, plastics will be used in some high-profile, high-performance sporting events. But the most impressive thing I've seen going into Super Bowl weekend is definitely the guy surfing on a Pella Corp. fiberglass window.
The guy is professional surfer Jamie O'Brien, who's known for pushing boundaries. Whether this stunt was dreamed up by O'Brien or Pella, I'm not sure, but the window maker and the surfer teamed up to determine if Pella's windows could stand up to the surf in Hawaii — and if O'Brien could actually stand on the window in the surf.
The window Pella made for him did have some alterations. "After all, we were trying to test Pella's fiberglass material, not Jamie," the company noted.
Those changes included swapping out the glass for polycarbonate, creating a smooth bottom surface and adding foam in the frame so it would float better. But that was about it.
"The window actually surfed pretty good," O'Brien says in a video on the project, adding it was the most difficult object he's ever surfed on. "A little scary for sure."