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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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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.

 

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.

After the release of our ‘First Look’ video of the JP Australia foil board Starboard share with the world their take on the dedicated SUP foil board. Just like the JP the Starboard Hyper Foil board is set up for foiling straight out of the box.

Hyper foil

Starboard have definitely added everything on to the foil board. Including a recessed deck that lowers your centre of gravity for extra stability, a full EVA centre ridge making it easy to feel and identify the middle of the board, to massive channels down the length of the board to give a clean release of water until on the foil. And the list of features does go on! Read more about the Starboard Hyper foil on their website here : https://sup.star-board.com/products/hyper-foil/

The Starboard Hyper Foil board is available in 4 sizes from 6’4” to 7’7” so it certainly has a wide range of paddlers in mind. And it looks pretty impressive and well designed.

As always if you have seen or used the Starboard Foil board please let us know. Its always good to hear what you all think.

There are now a number of specific foil boards on the market including the one from Naish. Which foil board is best? Well if only it was that easy! But one thing is for sure… we will do our best to find out! So watch this space…

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It’s great to see this video of Benoit Carpentier surfing the Starboard Longboard 9′ in Hossegor, France. Benoit is a surf longboard champ and rips the solid beach break apart on the 9′ Longboard.

This video just goes to show you what a big difference there is between the 10′ and the 9′. Not just in length, but with the thinned down overall width it really makes a difference to the boards speed and the way it can handle bigger swells. The 10′ is a great board and heavier riders will be able to use it in the slightly bigger swells for sure. But the 9′ really looks like it’s handling the faster bigger swell and loving it! We have also asked Benoit what fin setup he is riding, so we will keep you posted on that one. After all, we all want to ride like Benoit!

Featured image of Benoit Carpentier with a special looking Starboard Longboard by Bergot Alexis.

Benoit Carpentier

In Trevor Tunnington’s previous video he was paddling in Iceland with icebergs, whales, and waterfalls. Now he has moved on to the stunning Lofoten Islands in Norway, as well as Arendal and Oslo. Trevor really is doing it all… paddling frozen lakes, surfing the new Starboard All Star Airline and hitting the white water rapids. Another inspiring watch which not only adds Norway to our SUP bucket list, but also shows the great versatility of iSUPs.

Getting a SUP on the foil on flatwater without any craft pulling you or wave to help you is going to take a lot of energy and the perfect technique. This short video of world champion SUP surfer and Starboard board designer Sean Poynter shows just how hard flatwater SUP foiling is to do. Check out some of Sean’s first glides on flatwater.

It’s also worth noting out how short Sean’s paddle is. He always paddles in the surf with shorter paddle lengths than most. But this is one of the reasons he has such a compact and powerful style on the waves, as it forces him to get low. Maybe not the best paddle length when you are up on the foil though!

We’ve also added this shot of Sean below to show his back foot… it’s not touching the board! This demonstrated just how much pressure you have to place on your front leg to force the foil back down to generate speed over the foil. Quad workouts a must for successful flatwater SUP foiling!

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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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

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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  • 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.

This is an interesting video of Trevor Tunnington SUP foiling the Dead Sea. With the Dead Sea water being more buoyant because of the high salt content the SUP foiling should be easier right?!!

Hear what Trevor had to say:
“The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth, and 9 times saltier than the ocean. Taking the Hydrofoil out was a lot harder than I expected as the Salt caused drag for the foil!”

If that’s the case, getting onto the foil with no wave to ride must take a-lot of skill and tonnes of energy. Both of which this top Starboard SUP racer has plenty of!

There’s no better way to get you in the racing mood than launching your new race board range with a video. And at SUPboarder, Starboard have already got us saying ‘we want more!’  For over a decade Starboard have been at the top of the race board market and in the last few years they’ve allowed us to paddle faster and ride narrower boards than ever before. The graphics and colour ways of this years 2019 Starboard race boards look very similar to last years, but don’t be fooled! Starboard’s 2019 boards are more refined and have been tuned to paddle even faster.  

As always, we are looking forward to getting these new boards on the water and giving you our honest feedback. But until then, here are some first look thoughts from our Race Dr Bryce Dryer on the new 2019 Starboard race board range…

“As far as things go, I’m generally cynical of SUP’s 12 month R&D cycle that we see each year. That’s the shortest of any sport or industry I’ve ever been involved with and it’s hard sometimes to see the real value to us as consumers. Despite this, having seen Fanatic’s offerings the other week, I was really keen to see what Starboards brochure had in store for us in 2019.

In my opinion, Starboards heavy adoption of deep bottom concaves from around 2015 were game changing for intermediate race paddlers such as myself. It allowed many of us who were stuck on boards of 26 inches in width or greater to suddenly go sub 25 with no loss in stability and to gain some speed in the bargain. Those bottom shapes continue to be tweaked in 2019 with the promise of yet more stability. If that’s truly the case, it sounds promising. 4 years ago, the thought of racing on a 23 inch width board seemed absurd for most of us – now it’s within reach and not just for some of us with ballerina-like balance.

Looking at the Allstar, (and depending on your power output and weight), it’s a risk that the volumes on offer are getting very high for smaller paddlers and could lead them to feel ‘corky’ or a struggle in the wind but some other brands also often offer too little. It’s impossible to please everyone but the huge choice of widths and sizes on offer here may go some way to address that. The extremely large and boxy tail changes of the 2019 Allstar design also jumped out to me. Like the concavities underneath, it looks like that feature may increase confidence to the everyman racer when manoeuvring the board. The brochure also includes a nice overlay of the 2018 vs the 2019 boards in section that illustrates the underside profile changes. For me though, the strength of the 2019 Allstar design will be purely a question of whether the new bottom profile can compensate for the potential stability lost by moving to its slightly narrower tail next year. I want to go faster but keeping its stability is a fine balancing act. The proof of the pudding will be in the paddling there I think.

The 2019 Sprint is a board I liked the look of since this year’s model came out. The 2018 model compromised some of its raw flatwater speed by accommodating the ability to handle some light open water conditions. This I feel is actually a reflection of what many of us actually see in most of our races. Again though, there is also the promise of more stability. We’ve been told that there is increased stability year on year so the question remains if this is really the case ? I personally think the elite or pro riders are so well trained they are the wrong people to be asking. It’s your novice or club level racer whose feedback is most critical here as they’ll be far more sensitive to such changes. If such racers can handle something like the 12’6 or 14ft in the 23 width here, then Starboard have really come somewhere from as a little as 2-3 years ago and we’re all going to go faster as a result. Either way, if you look beyond the practicalities and went on looks alone, it’s a great looking board to my eye.

The Ace is something of a design classic that has stood the test of time for downwinding. It’s only available as a 14ft this time around and gets a few shaping tweaks. Interestingly, it says the outline is by NASA (I’m not sure this shouldn’t be NACA – an organisation that ratifies aerofoil profiles). Either way, this is the first time I’ve seen something like this mentioned before in SUP and gives the board some credibility in its design. An increase on the tail inner width is also a nice touch as pin tails can be a handful when you want to step backwards. Whether you like or need it or not, the Ace has remained relatively the same for some years now which is only testimony to its dugout design.

The Starboard brochure finishes with its illustrations regarding their construction options. Research has shown that weight has been shown to be less critical in rowing or kayaking boats but I feel that the lower speeds and high deceleration of SUP boards when paddling may mean every kilo may well count for us. I also know that an extra couple of kilo’s can feel more uncomfortable when carrying the board around so the build choices here should not just be seen as if they are faster when on water but also with respect to your everyday experience when going from storage to the finish line and home again (plus their durability when doing so).

Lastly there are their ‘energy storage and board recoil’ performance benefits. I’m somewhat sceptical of the claim. Partly as, again, there’s no evidence out there to show this is possible with SUP’s but also that when you put energy into something, you actually get less back and it remains to be seen if what you do get back is consistently in a vector (or direction) that is actually beneficial to you moving forwards. I’d love to investigate if this is possible. I personally find this is where Starboard unnecessarily risk letting themselves down from time to time. These claims (or their occasional time trial head to head videos) appear too fast and loose in design to me to be credible. In my view, the strength of Starboards 2019 range isn’t the jargon, straplines or any dubious scientific claims – it’s actually that behind that is a well thought out range that sees comfortably small levels of evolution from 2018 that ultimately make them more useable and enjoyable when in the real world. For me, that’s going to be the main intrigue when many of us demo these soon.”

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BOARDS THAT WIN –

Starboard  2019 SUP  Race Range

Leading the SUP racer world ranking every day, 5 years straight,
with all riders using stock production boards.

An exhausting hunt for the highest-performance and more environmentally-friendly materials, the new designs are tested by our multiple World Champions; Connor Baxter , Michael Booth, The  Hasulyo brothers, Fiona Wylde and Sonni Hoenscheid. Only the best shapes survive and go to production to yet again produce more titles in 2019.

Starboard’s 2019 race range is faster and again more stable, breaking new boundaries in our sport.

For every board sold, we are picking up plastic equivalent to 200 plastic bags from our coastlines.
We also plant one mangrove for each board sold, absorbing one ton of CO2 over the next 20 years.

Live a deep blue life and paddle for the planet with us.

ALL STARhttps://star-board-sup.com/2018/boards/starboard-2019-all-star-race-board/

One board, all conditions. Be an all-star at every race.

 High-performance race shapes designed by world-class athletes.

  • From progressive level riders to elite racers. The All Star is the world’s most successful, user-friendly and versatile race design.
  • The updated bottom shapeis more stable when switching between strokes, allowing you to maintain a smooth and balanced glide without disrupting the speed.
  • Narrower tail outlineoffers faster acceleration and gives you more glide with every stroke.
  • The Flatter tailmakes turning easier and gives a smooth release.
  • The Boxy taillet the waves push the board forwards on downwind courses.
  • 14’0”x22.5” & 12’6”x23” All Star remain the lower-volume models with a thinner overall profile and the narrowest width for lighter riders.
  • Target rider: Riders up to 115 kg.
  • Key features: Boxy rails. Fast center channel, flatter tail concave, stable side planes.
  • Conditions: All.

 

SPRINThttps://star-board-sup.com/2018/boards/starboard-2019-sprint-race-board/

Meet our fastest board.

The ultimate speedster for flat water and chop. Instant acceleration, amazing top end speed.

  • The all-new 2019 Sprint – instant acceleration, direct turning and controlled stability.
  • A refined bottom shape with a straighter channel, flatter side planes has a faster and more stable glide.
  • The new extended standing area with straighter tail angle makes for more controlled trimming and buoy turning.
  • Flat-rockerextends the glide for fastest speed, while the sunken standing areawith high side rails gives stability and control in chop.
  • Carbon Sandwich. Only available in the lightest, fastest and strongest Carbon Sandwich Technology.
  • Target rider: Riders up to 115kg.
  • Key features:  Boxy rails. Fast center channel, flatter tail concave, stable side planes, sunken standing area, flat rocker.
  • Conditions: Flat-water to small chop.

The 2019 Sprint is hands down the fastest race board we ever produced. Refinements in the standing area increase the overall comfort and control, while the improvements in bottom shape upgrade the overall stability and speed.

 

ACEhttps://star-board-sup.com/2018/boards/starboard-2019-ace-race-board/

When there’s chop, you need pop.

The downwind game-changer for choppy water and open-ocean conditions.

  • Narrower nose outline for less resistance and better  glide through waves.
  •  Refined nose design and rail height allows more pop and stability in chop.
  • Lowered nose rocker andraised tail kickhelps the swell push the board into bumps earlier and gives greater maneuverability when surfing on the tail.
  • Widened inside tailgives more room for greater control and comfort when surfing and in buoy turns.
  • High sidewalls block water entering the tray, offers increased pop & secondary stability, and greater control surfing on rail. New rounded rail edge in the sunken standing area makes for a friendlier entry getting into the board.
  • Target rider: Riders up to 100kg.
  • Key features: NASA outline with full nose and narrow tail, sunken standing area, high volume nose, curved rocker.
  • Conditions: Open ocean, upwind and downwind races.

All models feature new diamond grooved deck pad in the standing area. All Star and Sprint have diamond grooved tail pad for extra grip and control for buoy turns.

All models feature multiple handle mount positions for beach starts.