The foil adventure begins.
"The first time I flew, it was a revelation. A mind-blowing, magical, memorable moment on par with those early planing days.
Don’t we all remember the first time we got planing?
Who would have thought that there was another hidden level in windsurfing.
We windsurfers savor those memories and here we are, with an opportunity to relieve those feelings once more.
Flying over the sea without a sound, zipping along silently close to thirty knots.
What could be more fun?
The foil adventure begins."
Brand manager Starboard
Starboard Modular Foil Platform
Starboard Foils' great innovation is the modular foil platform. Wings, fuselages and masts can be interchanged or upgraded to match rider style, budget, foil racing conditions, and sport discipline:
3 fuselage lengths:
75cm, for a faster, more responsive foil ride,
95 cm, the freerace fuselage, between freeride and race
115cm for a steady ride with maximum lift, early take-off and maximum power.
The fuselages are in aluminium because they are stiffer, stronger and twist less compared to carbon fuselages, despite their weight. The stiffer and more rigid the fuselage, the better the control and stability of the foil.
There is also a 67 cm fuselage available for Wave foiling.
4 mast sizes:
The 75cm aluminium mast is extruded from a die profile designed for more stiffness than conventional cross sections.
The 85cm and 95cm exists both in aluminium and in High-Modulus TriAx PrePreg Carbon for maximum stiffness, stability and control.
The 115cm is the most race oriented, to get a higher flight above the chop.
The longer the mast, the more performance and more room to cross waves. Shorter masts are preferred for flat water and progressing foilers.
4 front wings:
Front wing selection: the 800 is for lighter winds, favouring early take-off and upwind power. The 550 is for higher speeds and faster acceleration in windier conditions.
Tail wings: the 330 is the larger tail wing that gives more stability, earlier take off and more power. The 255 is the smaller tail wing for more speed and less power.
If you are just getting into foils, it is recommended to start with the GT or the Slalom. Once you have a Slalom or a GT, you can add an extra wing set or fuselage later to cover more conditions.
For experts, there is also a set that includes the 95cm mast, both fuselage sizes, both front wing sizes and both tail wing sizes.
Here are the 6 windfoils defined by Starboard, combining these different foil elements:
STARBOARD FOIL BOARDS
Starboard's foilboard range has now 5 different models for all styles of foiling, from freestyle to race.
FOIL X: With small boards and small sails that take off just as a Formula board gets planing, Foil X is about freestyle foiling: maximum fly time, foil jibes and foil 360s. A new windfoiling chapter. Starboard Foil X boards come in two sizes: 105 and 145 liter.
FOIL FREERIDE: These boards are designed to fly at maximum reaching speeds with emphasis on control and performance. Starboard Foil Freeride boards are available in two new sizes: 125 and 150 liter.
FOIL RACE: The Foil Race 177 is designed for upwind/downwind course racing and PWA foil racing. Successor to the 2018 and 2019 World Champions, it is completely new with massive performance improvements.
KEY COMMON FEATURES OF THE RANGE:
– Wide tails = more control over the foil and better performance upwind
– Sharp rails = allows the board to get planing and reach take-off speed more easily
– Thin boards = more control and balance when in flight
– Ultralight foot straps
On top of that the new iFoil Olympic board will be available from Mars 2020 (Read our blog post about iFoil Olympic gear here)
Check out the product videos featuring the 2020 Starboard range:
STARBOARD FLIGHT - WINDFOIL SAIL:
Introducing an innovative rig designed around a power-to-weight ratio
the power of a bigger sail with the weight of a smaller one.
Gone are the days when light wind windsurfing on lakes and calm seas meant massive sails and heavy gear.
Source and pictures on this page: STARBOARD