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2019 Starboard PRO 7’10”x29” Blue Carbon / £2299

If you’re looking for a performance shaped surf SUP this year, this is the board everyone is talking about. Similar and yet also very different to the previous years PRO’s. We’ve been testing the 2019 Starboard PRO 7’10” over the past month in a huge range of conditions and have enjoyed every session. It’s clear to see that Starboard have done a lot of development with this new shape, and good intermediate to advanced surfers will love the new changes and feel of this 2019 board.

2019 Starboard PRO 7'10'' ReviewBoard details:
  • Length        7′10”
  • Width         29″
  • Volume      104l
  • Fin set up  US box and 4.75” FCS side-fins 4.5” (quad or thruster)
  • Weight       6.3 kg
  • Rider size   65-85kg (70-80kg ideally)

Other sizes in board range;
7’0″ x 24” 66L
7’3″ x 26” 83L
7′5″ x 26.75” 92L
7′10″ x 28” 102L
7′10″ x 29” 104L
8’3″ x 29″ 110L
8″10″x29″ 131L
8’10″x29″ 143L

Our photo gallery
Read on for brand video, details and website sup.star-board.com

The new shorter outline makes it possible to ride a smaller board with more reactivity. Thinner rails give more control & response to generate more speed. Channeled tail gives bite and drives out of turns. All sizes feature diamond grooved traction pads with tail kick pad with raised centre ridge.

 

It’s a board that leaves Reuben a little a lost for words (which doesn’t happen that often!). The F-one Madeiro Pro series of boards is F-one’s answer to pure performance SUP surfing shapes. But unlike most pro shaped boards this is a big board. At 136L its got volume to float bigger riders who want a pro feel on a wave, and at 32” wide it’s going to offer a good amount of stability too. And then there’s the weight!…  at 7.7kg its a very light board for its size.

Length 8’8”
Width 32”
Volume 136L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

JP Australia Surf 8’6” x 29” WE 2019/ £1449

In this weeks SUPboarder review we take a look at the new JP Australia Surf 8’6” x 29”. A brand new size for 2019.  We have tested this board over 6 different sessions in a variety of wave types. The JP Australia Surf is a great shaped, advanced surf SUP that’s easy to use. This board is going to get intermediate SUP surfers moving into more aggressive turns and faster waves with its more performance outline shape.

JP Australia Surf 8'6'' 2019 Review / Advanced surfBoard details:
  • Length        8′6”
  • Width         29″
  • Volume      113l
  • Fin set up  US box and 5.5′ M7 FCS side-fins
  • Weight       7.9 kg
  • Rider size   65-90kg (75-85kg Ideally)

Other sizes in board range;
7’2″ x 25”
7’6″ x 27”
8′1″ x 28”
8′10″ x 30”
9′2″ x 30”

Our photo gallery
Read on for brand video, details and website www.jp-australia.com

TOP TO BOTTOM PERFECTION

The JP-Australia Surf range is designed for the “no-compromise”, top to bottom performance in the proper surf conditions for riders of all sizes. The whole Surf line has unique features; single to double concave flowing into a V tail, pulled in nose and tail, progressive rocker line and thin rails. All new for 2019 is the 8’6”x29”. Werner has slightly thinned out the rails and pulled in the nose and the tail, but the volume remains at 113L.

All of the PRO boards come with a 5 fin setup option and 3 fins. The smaller sizes from 7’2” through to 8’6” all come with 3 FCS plugs for the center fin position instead of the US box to keep the weight down to a minimum. The 3 plugs provide 2 center fin position options and the boards come with a RTM thruster fin set. The 8’10” and the 9’2” have the 5 fin option with the US box for the center fin to be able to accommodate a bigger fin. The Wood Edition come with standard – US box thruster set up.

The PRO layup of our SURF boards has no carbon as we believe that carbon makes the boards too stiff for the surf. We have kept a natural flex pattern with strategic dual density sandwich layup and optimized fiber direction. For 2019 we have developed rail construction with Innegra fiber on the PRO boards and Basalt fiber on the Wood Edition boards. No more paint chipping.

Innegra on the PRO boards adds the abrasion resistance but it doesn’t add stiffness as we didn’t want to alter the flex pattern of the boards. Basalt on the Wood Edition boards adds strength, stiffness and abrasion resistance. Basalt is 100% volcanic rock, a natural and sustainable fiber.

Reuben pulls out the bag and has a look at the new Starboard Pro 7’10”. This is a brand new board shape and size for 2019. Diamond shaped shorter nose and channelled bottom are some of the new features you with see on these new Starboard Pro’s. We look forward to getting these new compact style Pro boards on the water soon to see if they’re as good as they say they are.

Length 7’10”
Width 29”
Volume 104L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

We take a ‘First Look’ at the new SIC surf SUP… the SIC Slice 9’0”. Up until now we’ve only managed to get our hands on SIC’s race & downwind boards. From a new range this 9’0” surf shape will offer a big paddling/surfing window for a lot of intermediate to advanced SUP surfers.  Look out for the full review on SUPboarder soon.

Length 9’0”
Width 29”
Volume 135L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

We wanted to give you all a heads up about the kit we’ve got waiting to be tested over the next month. 5 very different shaped surf SUP boards which will no doubt have a very different feel.

Boards
F ONE Madeiro PRO carbon 8’8”x32” 136L
SIC Slice GCC 9’0”x29” 135L
JP Australia Surf WE 8’6”x29” 113L
Fanatic Pro Wave LTD 8’9”x30.5″” 120L  (apologies in the video I call it a 8’6”!)
Starboard Pro Blue Carbon 7’10”x29” 104L

Look out for all the individual reviews on SUPboarder and a full head to head of all these boards on SUPboarder PRO.
Please send us any questions you may have about these boards so we can answer them as we are riding them.

We have a ‘First Look’ at the JP Australia Foil board. This is one of the most radical shaped production foil boards on the market. We know that this type of board won’t be for the majority of paddlers around the world but it’s always good to see what the more cutting edge side of the sport has to offer.

Length 6’9”
Width 26”
Volume 96L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

With loads of new 2019 gear heading our way the first board up with a new style ‘First Look’ video is the JP Australia Surf 8’6”WE. This is a brand new board for 2019. At 113L the JP Australia Surf 8’6” could suit those mid/heavy weight paddlers with a real itch for a performance shape!

Length 8’6”
Width 29”
Volume 113L

Remember these first look videos are not full SUPboarder reviews, they’re not even close! They are unedited, gut feeling videos showing what’s in the box and how they look for the first time.

Whether you’re a complete beginner to SUP surfing or an experienced surfer it’s important we all play by the rules of surfing. But as well as that, there are some things you can do on and off the water that can make SUP surfing a busy surf break/line up a more relaxing and enjoyable experience for everyone. After many years of being in and on surfing line ups, Reuben from SUPboarder talks about what you can do to make friends in the line up on a SUP.

Read the full surfing rules in this SUPboarder feature : SUP Surfing Etiquette

In this SUPboarder comparison board review we look at two of RRD’s small advanced shaped surf SUPs – the RRD iWave 7’7” and the RRD COTAN 6’11”. 
We put these two boards head to head to see what two boards of very similar size but completely different shape, feel like in lots of different conditions, and who they would best suit.

2018 RRD COTAN 6’11” x 27” Pro Model V2 / €1999
Board details:
  • Length        6’1”
  • Width         27”
  • Thickness   4”
  • Volume      98l
  • Fin set up  5 Future fin boxes
  • Weight       6 kg
  • Rider size    50-78kg
  • Rider ability Intermediate / Advance

Other sizes in board range;
7′6” x   28″ = 110L
7′11” x 29″ = 121L (Watch SUPboarder review)
7′11” x 31″ = 129L Wide model

2018 RRD iWAVE 7’7” x 27” Pro Model V2 / €2017
Board details:
  • Length        7’7”
  • Width         27”
  • Thickness   3 3/4”
  • Volume      89l
  • Fin set up  5 Future fin boxes
  • Weight       5 kg
  • Rider size    50-78kg
  • Rider ability  Advance

Other sizes in board range;
7′5” x 26″ = 81L
8′   x 28″ = 102L
8′4” x 29″ = 116L

Read on for brand video, details and website www.robertoriccidesigns.com

COTAN


As the development of this special shape on surfboard and kiteboard designs has taken off, proving it works great (up to the point that some riders only ride this type of C.O.T.A.N. shapes), it was time to develop a specific board line also for SUP. Two new shapes that will increase your stoke for supping in waves! Available in the Classic construction. Bamboo sandwich stepping area and superlight composite carry handle box. The C.o.t.a.n. pro and classic features two possible fins setup combination thruster-fins or quad fins.

iWAVE


4 x new shapes for expert level only, used worldwide by advanced riders that want to push the boundaries of the sport or compete as professionals. The shapes and construction technologies keep evolving depending on the latest trends on sup wave riding, and the I wave V2s represent the latest status quo of the sports’ evolution.

Technology:

Available in full LTD technology with Vectra Carbon fabric on CNC Eps core, finished with matt pro speed paint and Carbon net layup top and bottom. Bamboo sandwich stepping area and a superlight composite carry handle box.

Naish Nalu 10′ Carbon Pro Longboard / Advanced Surf £1899

SUPboarder looks at the Naish Nalu 10′ Carbon Pro performance longboard surf SUP. The Naish Nalu has lots of glide allowing surfers to get onto waves super early. And its great outline shape, fin set up and thinner rails lets you surf the board in an aggressive way despite being a longer board. The Naish Nalu is a top board that will tick all the boxes for those longboard surfers out there.

Board details:
  • Length        10′
  • Width         28 1/2″
  • Thickness   4″
  • Volume      130l
  • Fin set up  5 box fin boxes FCS and US centre box (comes with 4 Quad fins)
  • Weight       8.5 kg
  • Rider size   60-90kg

For more information about the Naish Nalu 10 Carbon Pro check out the Naish website here.

If you have used this board or have any questions or comments about this board please leave your comment below. Also if you want to compare the Naish Nalu 10 Carbon Pro with other boards on the market check out the SUPboarder equipment guide here.

For more in depth information about this feature check out SUPboarder Pro.