Starboard introduces the world’s most versatile paddle system.
All Starboard Carbon/Hybrid shafts are interchangeable with any composite blade combination. A light-weight threaded ABS insert is placed in the end of the shaft and surrounded by molded EVA preventing water entering the shaft. A nylon washer and 3/16” hex screw on the neck of the blade securely locks the blade and shaft together. To interchange a blade or shaft, simply unscrew the paddle from the blade using a Surf Fin key and connect the new shaft and blade combination. Car transport is simplified as one can separate the pieces. It’s also great to put the shaft in a board bag and the blade in travel bag. Paddles can be purchased as assembled sets or as separate blades and shafts, allowing custom blade and shaft combinations.
The blade’s size can be compared to the gears of a bike: The higher the gear or the smaller the blade, the less
effort each stroke consumes with less forward motion generated. The lower the gear or the bigger the blade, the
more energy will be used with more forward motion achieved.
The smaller blade sizes are recommended for long paddle sessions, lighter people, or those with a high cadence stroke. The larger blade sizes provide immediate power with only a few strokes required for fast and late drops into waves.
The angle of the paddle blade though the water and the blade’s size dictate the power and efficiency of your stroke. Our blades are foiled to minimize drag and maximize power transfer throughout the stroke. A well-balanced paddle blade squanders little energy.
A well-balanced blade design with a medium-strong dihedral providing stability and power. This paddle design squanders no energy. Available in five sizes tailored to different power demands and designed as a multi-purpose paddle for waves, flat water and racing. The smaller sizes are best suited for lighter paddlers or long distance, while the larger Enduro sizes are designed for paddlers seeking the most power from each stroke. Note that the blade size is described in surface area. Connor Baxter wins world championships with standard Enduro designs.