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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

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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.

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.

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

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

Fanatic Stubby Foil 8’7”Foil edition / £1649 Board / £899 S1 Foil

One board that does it all?… It’s a hard thing to ask for from a board, but having a board you can SUP surf, SUP Foil and windsurf Foil definitely sounds like a value for money product.

When it comes to foiling, by using a good foil such as the Fanatic S1 you can surf on pretty much anything (as many youtube videos show us!) But the Stubby isn’t just anything! The Fanatic Stubby is an outstanding shaped board that surfs so well you will be happy to leave the foil on the beach until the waves crap out. The fact you can windsurf it as well just brings even more fun to a day at the beach!

Fanatic-SUP-foil-stubbyBoard details:
  • Length        8′7”
  • Width         29.25″
  • Thickness   4″ approx
  • Volume      120l
  • Fin set up  3 x Multi box (5” fins) / Double US box foil attachment
  • Weight       9.1 kg
  • Rider size   50-95kg
(All ratings/sliders are for board only)

Other sizes in board range;
7′10”  x 28.5” = 95L

Watch on SUPboarder Pro
If you want more information about this board check out the SUPboarder Pro video of this board where we compare this board to other equivalent boards on the market. Also with SUPboarder Pro you can ask us direct questions about the product and any other products, to guarantee you get the right advice to help you make the correct board choice. Find out more about SUPboarder Pro here : www.supboardermag.com/pro 
Find more SUPboarder Pro content here : SUPboarder Pro content page

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

The new Stubby Foil Edition adds another dimension to our parallel rail shape. Fly above any ripple or dig your rails deep in a clean wall – you decide on the setup you ride.

Our Stubby Foil Edition comes in the same shape as our Stubby LTD and offers the same easy and controlled flow if you decide to ride your regular Thruster fins.
Once you change to Foil, our Stubby Foil Edition – available in 7’10” and 8’7” – creates a whole new dynamic. Catch waves of any size way before they hit the reef and ride them with new lines and a totally different approach. Our adjustable system with two longer tracks allows the use of different foils and finding their individual sweet spot. Additionally we equipped the Stubby Foil with strap inserts for optional Windsurf-Foiling. The greatest variety of multisport-use combined in one package.

2018 JP Australia Surf Slate 8’10” x 31” Wood Edition / £1449

The JP Australia Surf Slate is a completely new shape for 2018, and the 8’10” is the biggest board in their range. Offering 147L  in volume this board is stable and yet relatively fast for its size. The Surf Slate is going to offer intermediate surfers weighing 75-100kg easy surfing and lots of fun in small to moderate size waves.

Board details:
  • Length        8′10”
  • Width         31″
  • Thickness   4.5″
  • Volume      147l (or 145L as stated online!)
  • Fin set up  5 FCS boxes, can be used as a quad 4 or thruster 3 setup
  • Weight       9.6 kg
  • Rider size   75-100kg

Other sizes in board range;
7′4”  x 26.5” = 95L
7’8”   x 29″ = 111L
8’2”x 30″ = 128L
11’2”x 32″ = 198L

For more information on the JP Australia Surf Slate range visit JP’s website here : JP Australia

Watch on SUPboarder Pro
If you want more information about this board check out the SUPboarder Pro video of this board where we compare this board to other equivalent boards on the market. Also with SUPboarder Pro you can ask us direct questions about the product and any other products, to guarantee you get the right advice to help you make the correct board choice. Find out more about SUPboarder Pro here : www.supboardermag.com/pro 
Find more SUPboarder Pro content here : SUPboarder Pro content page