TECHNOLOGY

Starboard has set the pace in board technology for over a decade. Breaking the speed record for wind powered crafts at 49.09 knots with Antoine Albeau. Introducing precision molded wood veneer “Green” boards back in 1995 and also bringing the first EVA deck grip surf and windsurf boards to the market the same year. Currently introducing the Startouch non abrasive deck traction sported in the Classic boards. Taking the lead in the whole wide board revolution both in SUP and windsurfing. Bringing the Stand on top Kayak concept to the market with integration of kayaking and Windsurfing.

We are proud to work with Jim Drake who not only designed the X15 plane 40 years ago, but also invented windsurfing back in 1967. Thanks also to our watermen and designers Scott Mc Kercher, Svein Rasmussen John Hibbard and Ekolu Kalama.

Basic material information

Epoxy or polyepoxide is a thermosetting epoxide polymer that cures (polymerizes and crosslinks when mixed with a catalyzing agent or hardener. Most common epoxy resins are produced from a reaction between epichlorohydrin and bisphenol-A. The first commercial attempts to prepare resins from epichlorohydrin were made in 1927 in the United States. Starboard uses Epoxy as resin for material bonding in all boards.

PVC is the first foam material specifically formulated for a marine environment and is a poly vinyl chloride (PVC), isocyanate blend. Starboard uses the high strength PVC foam in Technora sandwich boards and around all insert areas in all boards.

Pine Wood. Starboard uses 0.6 mm 510 kg /m3 Australian Pine wood. This very consistent uni directional natural resin rich wood grain has a quality of light weight, low epoxy uptake and good impact resistance.

EPS or Expandable Polystyrene contains 95% air and 5% polystyrene. The blowing agent used for EPS Foam is Pentane gas which does not contain any chlorine atoms as CFC's. The EPS production processes begins in the pre-expansion process where the EPS beads expands 50 times in volume by the heat of steam. In the molding process expanded foam bead will be heated with steam and expand further until they fuse together, forming according to the shape of the EPS mold. Starboard uses EPS as foam core in all SUP boards.

The Transporter

Starboard has in collaboration with Mark Raaphorst developed an easy to assemble ,robust 2 piece technology. The built in stringers in the attachment areas are taking the stress load. The fool proof 4 screws system takes about a minute to put in place. The system will only add on a kg of weight, but adds a world of simplification for transport and storage. Available sizes are 11’2” x 30” and 9’8” x 30”. Fly well!