01/08/2011 | 2 comments
For 2012, Starboard have 4 boards in their wave and freestyle ranges: the Evo and Quad waveboards, Kode freestyle wave and Flare freestyle.
For the second year running, Starboard are making a range of boards that is designed to be used in either single or twin-fin mode. The Evo is aimed at all-round, versatile wave use and being useable in both small and big waves.
The Evo is designed to be the snappy, loose board in the wave range that can be used as a single fin for jumping and speed and as a twin for waveriding.
It is available this year in 71 (56cm), 76 (57.5cm), 81 (58cm) and 86 (59.5cm). The rockerlines have been changed this year to be more continuous and thus improve early planing and speed. The mono-concave in the tail has been replaced by vee to give the board a more rail-to-rail feel and better acceleration.
The boards are available in the three constructions of Wood, Wood/Carbon and Technora and are provided with two G10 twin fins with a plug for the single fin slot.
The Quads can be used in either quad or twin fin mode and are Starboard’s out-and-out waveboard. They are aimed at powerful, hard carving wave-riders.
As well as working with either two or four fins, the front fins can be swapped with the back ones meaning that if you want looseness, you have the small fins at the front, the other way around for drive.
This year, the Quad is available in 69 (53.5cm), 74 (57cm), 77 (57.5cm), 82 (58.5cm), 87 (59.5cm), 92 (60.5cm). The shapes remain the same as last year’s boards except for the 87 which now has less vee in the midsection.
The boards are available in either wood or wood/carbon construction. The 69 is also available in the (pro kids) light-weight technora construction. All the boards are provided with a set of G10 quad fins and blanking plugs to use them as twin fins.
The Kode is Starboard’s freestyle-wave range, designed to sit between the Quad and Evo. The Kodes are actually Starboard’s best selling waveboards.
The range actually crosses from wave to freeride with the three smallest sizes being classic style down-the-line boards. The middle sizes are freestyle-waves and the largest sizes â freeride boards.
This year, the 74 has been shortened by 5cm with extra tail-kick to make it more of a waveboard. The 86, 94 and 103 now feature harder release edges to help you get on the plane earlier and go faster.
The Kodes are Starboard’s only pure single fin waveboards. They are available in 8 sizes: 68 (53.5cm), 74 (54.4cm), 80 (56cm), 86 (58.9cm), 94 (61cm), 103 (64.5cm), 113 (68cm),123 (72cm). The whole range is available in either wood, wood/carbon or technora construction.
The Flare is Starboard’s pure freestyle board, as used by the Starboard freestyle team. The boards are built to be very early to get planing and feel very compact in the air whilst still being strong.
This year, the boards have been given slot box, fin boxes, which at 70g each, save weight even further.
The range is available in four adult sizes and 2 kid’s sizes: 91 (59cm), 101 (62.5cm), 111 (66cm), 116 (70cm) and 60 (54.5cm) and 72 (57cm).
This year the 91, 101 and 111 are all new shapes â shorter with thicker tails and squared off sharp rails in the tail to promote early planing and speed.