Starboard have released the second part of their new board range. This includes: slimmer Carves and GOs, the new Kode Freemoves and much, much more.
The new freeride Carves include two new shapes in the 151 and 161 size. They are 7% slimmer, improving their wind range and overall planing efficiency. The other Carves in the range keep their shapes, which were already slimmed down 9% compared to the year before. The Carve 131 in particular is a real gem, winning Germany’s Windsurf Journal magazine group test with an almost perfect score:
Top speed in low winds: 10/10
Top speed in high winds: 10/10
Top end control: 10/10
Keep planing: 9/10
User friendliness: 10/10
The GO boards have all been updated using the new slim & wide shapes of the Carves, making them 8% thinner on average. Like the Carves, going slim & wide allows the boards to cover a wider wind range and plane more efficiently. They plane up earlier, accept deeper fins and larger sails, and the wider shape of the wetted area creates less drag and more lift. For those of you that have followed the evolution of our board shapes the last few years, you’d see that the slimming down of boards is a continuation of an R&D journey we started with the iSonic, the Futura and most significantly the Atom. Today, we’re pleased to see the Carves and GO join the same design direction and we can safely say that more will follow.
For those who will use the GO boards to progress on or to teach their friends to windsurf, the extra width also give added stability. Still relatively long to allow easy, passive transition into planing mode, the GO boards differ from the Carve boards thanks to its comfortable full EVA deck finish, added insert positions, carry handles and a tougher construction.