Starboard announce the release of their 2016 wave and freestyle range… what do you think of next year’s upgrades?
“With our 2016 Starboard Wave & Freestyle Range, we are proud to introduce both classic and revolutionary designs for you to have fun on the water. We hope you’ll enjoy discovering our 2016 boards and what makes them the most advanced, highest performance wave and freestyle boards.
“All-new Kode Waves will have you going faster, jumping higher and surfing with more control. The classic Quads will make you aspire to turn like their designer Scott McKercher, with the most connected feeling to the wave. And the new, revolutionary Reactors with their unparalleled reactivity will open your eyes to another world and enable you to draw new lines in all conditions.
“The all-new Kode FreeWaves also see their wave performance improve without losing the speed they’re famous for and a new, bigger Kode 109 is introduced for lighter days or heavier riders.
“The new Flares have been refined by the world’s best freestyle team while keeping recreational freestylers in mind. They will pop with ease while being fast and reactive, allowing to do your first spocks or reach the next level with clean, high conos and culos.
Welcome to 2016, See you on the other side…
2016 Quad: Instant grip, connection and drive.
The classic Scott McKercher design will bring a combination of speed, flow and power to your surfing for the most connected sensation to the wave. They produce powerful yet smooth turns when driven off the rails.
Last year, the Quads under went subtle changes producing significant improvements in performance. Vee was brought forward of the fins to facilitate cutbacks. More outline curve was added between the straps for some models to allow for quicker and more vertical turns.
Available in Carbon and Wood Reflex. Custom-made blue on blue painted graphics for an unique look.
2016 Kode Wave: All-new Koster Kode.
The all-new Kode Wave will take jumps and waveriding to the airs, whether you are starting out in the waves or already have a few PWA World Champion titles like Philip Koster or the Morenos.
The new 2016 Kode Waves are now more consistent across the range, with the Vee brought further back into the mono-concave for a smoother initiation of the bottom turn and rail-to-rail transfers. Rails and rockers have also been refined for speed and maneuverability and the sizing denominations have been adjusted.
Available in Carbon and Wood Reflex. Painted red and orange custom graphics that really stand out on the water.
2016 Reactor: A step forward in waveboard evolution.
The Reactor will create drive through turns, redirect immediately when hitting the lip, boost airs easily and fit into tighter pockets. It enables riders of all levels to access more radical surfing. Short length, nose width, relatively flat rocker, swallow tail and a quad fin setup provide unparalleled reactivity in all wind and wave conditions.
Available in Carbon and Wood Reflex.
2016 Kode FreeWave: All-new for a broad range of conditions.
The new Kode FreeWave is the fast and versatile board for flat water, chop or waves.
The new rocker, thin rails and thruster setup come together to boost the board’s wave performance without sacrifices on top speed and traction. A new Kode 109 is available for bigger riders and light wind days. All Kode FreeWave are delivered with a thruster setup. The bigger models also come with a single fin and plugs.
Available in Carbon, Wood Reflex and Technora Reflex. Red and orange custom paint graphics for high visibility on the water.
2016 Flare: New Flares 93 and 103.
Designed, tested and refined by the world’s best freestyle team. They’re pure freestyle boards that pop easily and respond instantaneously. They’re fast, compact, reactive and light in both sliding and aerial maneuvers.
The new 2016 Flares have a thicker tail, with slightly softer rails in the front which allows them to be more comfortable and forgiving, without sacrificing speed. They are also shorter and wider. Compact, balanced and reactive. Comes with a new Powerbox and the Drake Ready to Freestyle fins by Taty Frans.