Drako Skin

Drag Reduction Surface


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Drako Skin's drag reducing micro grooves.

Drako Skin (TM) synthetic shark skin mimics the surface roughness of fast swimming sharks.

Reduces drag by 5%

How does it work?

The surface of shark skin have scales called dermal denticles. On fast swimming sharks these denticles utilize micro grooves to keep vortices off the surface, which result in water moving more easily over the shark's skin.1

Shark skin dermal denticles with micro grooves.

Ekona's proprietary Drako Skin uses micro grooves modeled after the shortfin mako, the fastest shark in the world.

Invented & Manufactured in Hawai'i

1The fact that micro grooves (riblets) aligned in the streamwise direction reduce skin friction drag has been established beyond any reasonable doubt. There are a large number of independent measurements available from many laboratories. For more information view our Studies & Research page.