We got our paparazzi on as we passed the current freestyle World Champion, Kiri Thode as well as freestyle legend and consistent podium finisher Taty Frans, both strapping up a new 2016 Starboard prototype. It’s alright, we obtained express permission from the chief designer himself, Remi Villa, who also happened to be standing right there, probably one of the most high profile car park moments of the week.
We asked a few short questions
We can see a V1 and V3 version on the floor, how many shapes do you make each year?
Remi: Well it very much depends but we are often making 6/7/8 for each freestyle size.
Do you get radical with your prototypes or do you try to alter small things?
Remi: Oh no, we are happy to try out some radical things, big ideas sometimes require big changes and this is what we are more than happy to let out team riders test, but we mix and match, sometimes a small change can make a dramatic difference.
So what about other ranges, how many prototypes are you making from the iSonic for example?
Remi: We hit 50 protos last year, you have to remember each size needs its on prototypes, so it becomes very easy to clock up the number of boards we test. At the end of the day we do this to make sure we have the absolute best shape for the following years.