TECHNOLOGY, past and future
Starboard has set the pace in board technology for over a decade. Last season winnings includes the first World Cup of SUP in Hamburg Germany, the Ohau to Molokai race, the British series, the Australian events and several class victories in the Battle of The Paddle.
Starboard is holding the speed record for wind powered sail crafts at 49.09 knots and has been winning the Professional Windsurfer Association's manufacturers ranking 4 years in a row. Starboard introduced precision molded wood veneer "Green" boards back in 1995 and brought the first EVA deck grip surf and windsurf boards to the market the same year.
Starboard is taking the lead in the whole wide and short board revolution in Stand Up Paddleboarding and already last year brought the stand on top Kayak concept to the market with integration of kayaking and Windsurfing.
We are proud to work with Jim Drake who not only designed the currently fastest manned plane, the X15, 40 years ago, the Starboard K15 last year, but also co-invented windsurfing back in 1967. Thanks also to our watermen/designers Scott McKercher, Svein Rasmussen, Brian Szymanski and Peter Cox.
Despite a strong history, Starboard acknowledges that really only the future counts and puts more resources into development than ever before.
PRECISION, each millimeter counts.
With 15 years of experience in cutting edge windsurf development, Starboard sets the very highest precision standard. Critical segments like rockerlines, rails, V shapes, concaves and board thickness are carefully monitored and checked throughout the production process.
Last year Starboard introduced the non abrasive deck traction Startouch. This new traction texture ended the need for surf wax and is now used in Technora, the TAC wood line and in Blue Touch, introducing a new era in surfing functionality and simplicity.
RAW MATERIAL INFO
Epoxy or polyepoxide is a thermosetting epoxide polymer that cures (polymerizes and crosslinks when mixed with a catalyzing agent or hardener). Most common epoxy resins are produced from a reaction between epichlorohydrin and bisphenol-A. Starboard uses Epoxy as resin for material bonding in all boards.
PVC is the first foam material specifically formulated for a marine environment and is a poly vinyl chloride (PVC), isocyanate blend. Starboard uses the high strength PVC foam in Technora sandwich boards and around all insert areas in all boards.
PINE WOOD Starboard uses 0.6 mm 510 kg /m3 Australian Pine veneer. This very consistent uni directional natural resin rich wood grain has a quality of light weight, low epoxy uptake and good impact resistance.
EPS or Expandable Polystyrene contains 95% air and 5% polystyrene. The blowing agent used for EPS Foam is Pentane gas which does not contain any chlorine atoms as CFC's. The EPS production processes begins in the pre-expansion process where the EPS beads expands 50 times in volume by the heat of steam, forming according to the shape of the EPS mold. Starboard uses fused EPS as foam core in all SUP boards
Surfinz boxes are compatible with FCS and provide 8 mm of adjustment range:
perfect for tuning the drive of your SUP board to match your style and taste.
Flex oriented moulded fins for smoother carving included with all boards with side fin inserts.
Stiffer hexel fins for charging bigger surf included with all pro boards.
Starboard has in collaboration with Mark Raaphorst developed an easy to assemble, robust 2 piece technology. The built in stringers in the attachment areas are taking the stress load. The fool proof 4 screws system takes about a minute to put in place. The system will only add on 1.7 kg of weight, but adds a world of simplification for transport and storage.
Available in 11'2" x 30" Blend shape . Fly well!