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After the release of the Starboard Longboard review this week we thought that we’d take a look at 5 main brand SUP surf Longboards that are available all over the world. Don’t think that these are the only Longboards out there that are worth looking at. They’re just the ones that most of you have been asking about.

Please remember, if you’d like to know about another brand of Longboard or which board would best suit you, send us an email to pro@supboardermag.com . If you can include information such as your, size, ability, boards you have already used,  conditions you like to surf in and of course any particular brands you wish to know about, that would be useful. We haven’t used all the boards out there, but have probably seen it or have heard about it from other riders, so we can definitely give you an honest, independent opinion.

Starboard Longboard 10’x29” Blue Carbon  £2225 / Pine Tek £1599

After wondering when Starboard were going to bring a performance longboard surf shape to the market, we now have the board that we were waiting for. The Starboard Longboard is a very good all round surf shape. Ideal for lighter SUP surfers getting into small waves, as well as having enough performance for the more experienced mid-weight surfers to enjoy too. If you’re looking at getting into the smooth longboard surfing style then the Starboard Longboard really will put a smile on your face, in knee to head high waves!

Starboard Longboard 2019 / Surf SUP video review
Board details:
  • Length        10′
  • Width         29″
  • Thickness   3.3″
  • Volume      123l
  • Fin set up  2+1 Fin setup (6.7” US Centre fin -2 x FCS 4.5” side fins)
  • Weight       8.2 kg
  • Rider size   50-90kg

Other sizes

9’x 28” 3.3” 101L

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

Inspired by our legendary Starboard Surf Longboard model, designed to perform in waves from 1ft small beach breaks to head high reef breaks. The boards offer fast down-the-line surfing, as well as the ability to perform in the critical section of the wave. These cutting-edge shapes are totally well received by our team riders and anyone who have tested them. Congrats to designer Ollie O’Reilly for setting his mark on the sport.

More about Starboard new Blue Carbon and Gold Level Status ECOBOARDS

The Brushed Carbon Sandwich technology we pioneered in SUP 10 years ago has been gradually improved year by year. Winning 7 out of 8 Gold medals in the ISA SUP Surf Worlds over the last 4 years may indicate the Innovation Quality obtained. Now the new 2019 Blue Carbon boards have achieved a level of performance and sustainability unpreceded in our industry. It’s the first ever Gold level ECO SUP board and our World Champions swear by them with their class act performance. The only black carbon remaining is a UD 80 strip in the rail area with the highest overall total failure potential, continuing our Zero breakage voyage by utilizing other better suited materials where basic impact resistance is vital.

Starboard – a SUP and windsurf brand with 25 years of innovative board building and design – reaches Sustainable Surf’s Gold Level status for their Blue Carbon technology board range.
It’s no small task – requiring multiple audits of source materials, building facilities and processes, and for a brand as large as Starboard, commitment to helping the environment on a company-wide level.
“One of the most satisfying parts of my work is the challenge to redesign our products to lower the environmental impact and achieve higher performance.  Sustainable Surf is setting the goal posts for the industry to not only fast track, but to showcase how quickly and easily it can be to change the way we build better boards for the planet.”
Ollie O’Reilly – SUP Product Manager
‘Starboard becomes the first major SUP brand to produce Gold Level EcoBoards – verified by Sustainable Surf’
“The team at Sustainable Surf continue to be impressed and inspired by Starboard’s holistic commitment to sustainability and ocean-health. Our mission to protect and preserve ocean health starts with people and brands making better choices everyday – just like the ECOBOARD SUPs produced by Starboard, especially their new range of Gold Level models. We look forward to seeing the next round of eco-innovations from the team at Starboard.”
Brett Giddings – Sustainable Surf.
Eco Innovations involved in reaching gold level include:
  • Natural end grain balsa replaces PVC foam on the full deck and bottom. “End Grain” Balsa is a natural sandwich structure that is lightweight with incredible sheer strength when compared to conventional petroleum PVC foam. The carbon footprint is actually climate positive, meaning it offsets more than it consumes to use it.
  • ECOBOARD Project Verified 33% Plant-based bio Resin is used to laminate the entire board.
  • Main Inserts switching to be made from up-cycled fishing nets sourced from India. Akulon ECO is produced by DSM, a leader in sustainability.
  • IQ centre carry handle is made from recycled ABS.
  • All traction pads will be made from post-industrial waste. Recycled EVA has a high UV resistance in some colours than virgin EVA, so the pads stay the same colour for longer. Using recycled EVA reduces the amount of petroleum used by 50%.
  • Natural Balsa wood is now at the core of all of Starboard’s composite fins, avoiding plastic while improving flex and reducing weight. Balsa core fins made with bio-resin are up to 31% lighter on certain fin sizes.
  • For every board made, Starboard plants one mangrove tree, absorbing 1 ton of CO2 over a 20 year lifespan.
  • All packaging for accessories is now made of cardboard, with the exception of the dust bag made out of recycled plastic

Hatha Aura 10’4” x 32” £625 package

In this SUPboarder review we look at one of the newest boards from the UK based SUP company Hatha. The Hatha Aura is an all round yoga/fitness board. At the competitive package price point of £625 including a 3 piece glass paddle, the Hatha Aura would be a great board for a beginner all round paddler wanting to get into SUP and take to the water to do some yoga and fitness too. A good looking inflatable SUP that show cases the brand Hatha at their best.

Hatha Aura 10'4'' / All round yoga iSUP Video review
Board details:
  • Length        10′4”
  • Width         32″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      317l
  • Fin set up  2+1 (Single US box and 2 mini side fins)
  • Weight       9.8 kg
  • Rider size   50-110kg
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Read on for brand details and website www.hathaboards.co.uk
Meet the Aura and take your fitness outdoors. The Aura boasts a full length deck pad with a discreet visual alignment guide to maintain the perfect position. The 10 inch FCS ii connect fin makes getting onto the water even easier. This is our first board in our range to boast our “TFT” Thermo Fusion Technology making the board both lighter and stronger. It is constructed using our premium Military grade PVC making it extremely durable.
Hatha Aura 10'4'' / All round yoga iSUP Video review
The Aura is packed with features, including front D-rings that perfectly align with the Hatha docking station. Front and rear paddle holders will keep your paddle safe and out of the way. As the Aura has no central carry handle so we have developed the Cario System which is a unique padded shoulder strap which attaches to the side of the board leaving your hands free! (patent pending).
Included is a three piece adjustable composite paddle with double locking clips and also stainless steel locking pins to minimise any twisting. It has a rubber ABS edge to the blade to protect your paddle as well as your board.
Also included is a colour coded heavy duty wheeled bag packed with features, including shoulder and waist straps, internal pockets, large front zip and a secret pouch to tuck away the shoulder straps when not needed. There is a double pump and a robust 10’ coiled leash inside the box.
Get at one with nature ……. take out the Aura.

Aqua Marina Rapid 9’6″ x 33” / €599

There aren’t many boards out there that can do what the Aqua Marina Rapid can do, and at the price it can do it too. The Aqua Marina Rapid is 100% setup for white water / river paddling, but it can also get you out in the waves too. Many of you have been asking about the Rapid review and we can say that if it’s a good priced, action packed iSUP board you’re after, you’re really going to have to try hard to beat the Aqua Marina Rapid.

White water tester : Ben Payne
Whitewater photos : Polly Weaver

Board details:
  • Length        9′6”
  • Width         33″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      289l
  • Fin set up  5 PVC fins
  • Weight       9.5 kg
  • Paddlers    50-95kg

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

Short and nimble, the Rapid 9’6” is an advanced river SUP delivers easy surfing action with surprisingly radical performance attributes. Featuring stability, ease of use with desired speed and control, the Rapid guarantees unbeatable fun in all types of waves.

RRD AirRace 14’x26” V4 €1249

We have a look at the most user friendly race iSUP we’ve tested… the RRD AirRace. It’s the 4th edition RRD AirRace they’ve made, and year after year they have tweaked and tuned the shape and design. The complete AirRace collection comes in the ‘Prefo construction’ which means they’re made from their very best materials, as well as top RRD R&D going into every board. The AirRace is 14’x26” so it’s the narrowest and longest board in their collection. It’s built for full on racing or very fast touring/cruising.
True to all of the RRD equipment we have tested, this is one good looking iSUP that is fast and super easy to paddle.

RRD-Airrace

Board details:
  • Length        14′
  • Width         26″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      300l
  • Fin set up  Single US box
  • Weight       12 kg
  • Rider size   60-110kg

Other sizes in board range;
14′ x 29″ = 315L
14′ x 26″ = 300L
12′6″ x 29″ = 288L
12’6”x 26″ = 270L
10’6″x 25″  = 230L Kids

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

RACE

Can you imagine being able to go as fast on an inflatable board as you can on a full carbon board? This is what the AIRACE shapes do. Stable, practical and furiously fast! The special narrow nose and straight outline design, a 6” profile thickness and a super flat scoop rocker line makes the perfect recipe for a great competitive board to be used for flat water races and pure pleasure fast rides. Now available into 6 different sizes! Built with a new SDB “Sandwich Dyneema Belt” on bottom and TPB “Thermo Plastic Belt” on the deck that wraps the whole contour of the board from the deck to the bottom as a stringer, the board becomes about 50% stiffer than any conventional inflatable board. Thanks to the Edge PVC Soft Rail, positioned under the board tail, water flows away fast and clean without turbulences.

Features

  • Sandwich Dyneema belt
  • Superlight PVC dropstitch
  • 70% Double skin construction
  • Thermo Plastic Belt
  • NEW Soft PVC sharp rail edge on the tail drastically improves grip and glide!

A big thank you to all our SUPboarder subscribers for your support over the last few months/years. We are super excited about the new SUPing season ahead. We have loads more top PRO features, reviews and some great head to head kit tests planned.

But we also have new filming gear to use too, thanks to you guys and girls. Your SUPboarder PRO subscriptions have allowed us to buy a new piece of camera gear to help us produce better quality and even more video features. The new Solo Shot Optic 65 self tracking camera will allow us to collect more video footage so we can produce more video content.

So a BIG thanks to you all for the support. It really does mean a lot to the SUPboarder team, and it allows us to continue doing what we do.

Remember… please let us know about any particular features you’d like to see or gear you’d like to see tested. It’s important to the SUPboarder team you receive the content you want to see. We have a few interesting video features coming out soon following the SUPboarder PRO questionnaire. Watch this space!

Starboard GO 10’8” x 31” Starshot Sun / £1199

The Starboard GO finished in the Starshot Sun graphics is an absolutely stunning looking board. But it doesn’t end there… the whole Starboard GO range of boards are packed with R&D from Starboard Race and Touring boards, offering an excellent stable platform for flatwater SUP cruising, fitness and yoga. It’s the easiest mid length board we’ve ever paddled with great straight line glide and performance.

Board details:
  • Length        10′8”
  • Width         31″
  • Thickness   4.5″
  • Volume      192l
  • Fin set up  Centre US 9′ fin
  • Weight       11.4 kg
  • Rider size   55-110kg
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Read on for brand video, details and website www.starboardsup.com

Amazing glide is created by the deep wide middle channel which forms a flatter faster bottom middle curve.

Benchmark stability from the concave catamaran style hull enables one to ride a board 2 inches less wide than normal, increasing the glide.

Great turnability provided by the wide tail platform which makes it easy to step back.

11’6” x 33” GO Inspired by the best selling Atlas design, the 11’6” has the longest glide with the greatest stability and buoyancy suited for heavier riders up to 125kg.

11’2” x 32” GO A truly amazing board. The glide matches that of a 3 inch narrower board and its stability is tremendous due to the concave hull and boxy rails. This is the board we recommend if you are about to get your first SUP board and you are under 105 kg.

10’8” x 31” GO Quicker turning and easier to move around. A fast, nimble and effortless glide. Another jewel for riders new to SUP or those who look for a real upgrade. For riders up to 100kg.

10’2” x 29” GO The light weight and shorter length offers easier maneuverability and fast turning. Narrow width improves tracking from being able to hold the paddle straighter in the water. For riders up to 95kg.

10’2” x 29” GO The light weight and shorter length offers easier maneuverability and fast turning. Narrow width improves tracking from being able to hold the paddle straighter in the water. For riders up to 95kg.

9’4” x 28” GO This nimble little board is the preferred choice for light riders, it accelerates really fast, feels like a little bullet and has amazing stability relative to its size. And yes, this is a very light board to carry around.

The amazing artwork and inspiration from World Champion paddle boarder Sonni Hönscheid and revolutionary graphic artist David Carson.

“Painting is like writing a diary for me about all my experiences, journeys discovering exotic places & different cultures around the world. That´s how I found my very own style. A technique with special acrylic pens allows me to bring my impressions of the stunning nature of Hawaii, the animating rough north sea of Sylt or the sand desert of Fuerteventura onto canvas. My paintings often tell a story. The viewer on a closer look always discovers new context in the flowing lines.

As an high performance athlete doing SUP races I always want to be the fastest, in the art I find the peace, take my time… For me it´s the perfect balance. The “Tikhine” is the result of an amazing collaboration with Starboard, being able to combine my two biggest passions presenting my art on the best boards.“~ Sonni Hönscheid

Aqua Marina Super Trip 12’2′ x 34” / €579

This is the biggest board we’ve tested from Aqua Marina. At 12’2” x 34” the Aqua Marina Super Trip is a multi person/family board, ideal for taking up-to 2 adults and 1 child on the water for a mini SUP adventure or just lots of fun at the beach with friends. The super wide tail of the Super Trip makes the board super stable and easy to use. And with its €579 Euro price point the board is well worth considering if you’re looking for a family /multi person SUP to have some great fun on…

Board details:
  • Length        12′2”
  • Width         34″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      415l
  • Fin set up  2+1 / PVC clip in side fins and plastic slot box centre fin
  • Weight       12.5 kg
  • Paddlers   Up-to 2 adults and 1 child

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

Super Size, Super Fun
There are not many active outdoor activities that the whole family can join in.Super Trip 12’2” extends the family fun to the next level with its extraordinary length and width. Designed for 2 adults plus 1 kid, this family SUP is perfect rig for lakes, seaside, and rivers. A lovely mix of quick, agile and stable and ideal for family use or for clubs.

So, you’ve decided which iSUP you want to buy, but then you might have to start thinking about which construction (if there’s a choice). This is a tricky decision that many paddlers face, so in this video we take a look at one of RRD’s most popular boards – the RRD 10’4”x 34”. A great size and shape board for mid to heavier weight riders wanting to get into SUP. We take a closer look at what the differences are between these two different constructions – the RRD AirSUP in the Prime construction and the AirEVO in the EVO construction. RRD have put a lot of work into both these boards with good quality materials and design. We’ve found this board comparison/review very interesting and it really shows how you can make an iSUP stiffer with extra materials and R&D.

RRD AirEVO 10’4” x34” 9kg €818
RRD AirSUP V3 10’4” x34” 11kg €1145
Board details:
  • Length        10′4
  • Width         34″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      275l
  • Fin set up  Single US box
  • Weight       9 – 11 kg
  • Rider size   70-120kg
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Read on for brand video, details and website www.robertoriccidesigns.com

AirSUP V3 Prime

The most wanted SUP range of our collection. This super friendly and allround orientated type of board glides smoothly on flat water and rides effortlessly in small surf, allowing you to enter a new dimension of excitement. Rocker and scoopline together with a perfect fin placement allow for a great experience of pleasure in an incredible variety of conditions.

Built with a new “ Sandwich Dyneema Belt “ that wraps the whole contour of the board on the deck and bottom as a stringer, the board becomes about 30% stiffer than any conventional inflatable board.

AirEVO 

It’s the real inflatable board for everyone.
Easy to be paddled and easy to be inflated and rolled up.
Thanks to its special lightweight technology with one middle HD PVC fabric stripe to increase stifness and a lightweight dropstitch body, the EVO SUP becomes the perfect choice for the family or for any type of use, from lakes to waves!

2018 Starboard Tikhine 11’2” wave design / £899

If you’re going to buy one all-round iSUP make sure it’s a good looking one! And they don’t come much better looking than this in 2018 – the Starboard Tikhine 11’2” is a stylish and yet practical iSUP. Being 11’2” x 32” it offers more glide than the shorter all-round mid 10′ iSUPs. And yet because of its 3 fixed fins its still a hard wearing board that will be perfect for family and friends to try out SUP for the first time. The shoulder carry strap makes it easy to carry even after you’ve inflated it. And one thing you can be certain is that this board will turn heads everywhere you go!

Board details:
  • Length        11′2”
  • Width         32″
  • Thickness   4.75″
  • Volume      261l
  • Fin set up  3 fixed fins
  • Weight       10.9 kg
  • Rider size   50-95kg
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Read on for brand video, details and website www.starboardsup.com

  • Amazing artwork and inspiration. 
  • Shoulder Carry Strap making them effortless to carry to the water.
  • Tail carry handle. Can be converted to a paddle holder, one of many Starboard innovations.

The new Tikhine lines featuring custom artwork from Sonni Hönscheid and David Carson with 3 art options available.

11’2″ x 32″ Tikhine This great shape blends nice glide with good stability. Suitable for day trips, yoga sessions and fitness workouts. The increased waterline and higher volume makes the 11’2″ x 32″ a top Tikhine choice for riders above 100 kg.

10’2″ x 31″ Tikhine This fun compact board’s wide tail makes it easy to step back and make quick fun turns. The glide sensation of the very light hull makes it a top choice for riders below 90 kg.

  • Target rider: The perfect inflatable introduction for first time paddlers and riders who want style.
  • Key features: Built in shoulder strap, paddle holder and bungee tie-downs on the nose.

Riber 290 9′6” x 27.5” / £289

In this SUPboarder review we look at the Riber 290, the smallest inflatable SUP in the Riber range and the cheapest too. At £289 you get alot of board for your money, but this board will not suit everyone. The Riber 290 is definitely a board for the lighter riders – sub 75kg. Being a relatively narrow board at 27.5” wide it offers lighter paddlers a board that glides well on the water. Riber also do a Unicorn and Jolly Roger edition in the same size for the kids.

Board details:
  • Length        9’6”
  • Width         27.5″
  • Thickness   4″
  • Fin set up   Easy slide-in and removable center fin
  • Weight       7 kg
  • Rider size   30-75kg

riber-290

Read on for brand details and website – www.riberproducts.com

Sandbanks SUP Style 10’5” Ultimate SR / £499-£599

In this SUPboarder review we take a look at a board from a small family run SUP business in south Dorset – Sandbanks SUP Style, started back in 2014. This is Sandbanks SUP Style’s newest inflatable SUP – the 10’5” Ultimate SR. The Ultimate SR is the perfect size for entry level paddlers wanting a fun and stable board for all-round paddling. Sandbanks SUP Style offer this board as a package, at two very competitive price points. £499 with an aluminium 3 piece paddle or £599 with a carbon 3 piece paddle.

Sandbanks SUP Style

  • Length        10’5”
  • Width         32″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Fin set up   US box center fin x 2 mini side PVC fins
  • Weight       9 kg
  • Rider size   60-115kg

Sandbanks SUP Style

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Visit Sandbanks SUP Style’s website here :  www.sandbankssupstyle.com