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We showcase the best standup paddle boards, standup paddles, standup paddle accessories with news and views.

StandUp Paddle Sports has the largest, and best, selection of SUP's in the UNIVERSE at our store in Santa Barbara, CA.

Over 150 standup paddle boards currently in stock. New SUP's arriving monthly.

(Best selection...Best value...Best service...Mahalo)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

 

2009 STARBOARD SUP's



We've been sharing with you guys a few pics and details about the upcoming 2009 Starboard SUP lineup since last August on this blog...things have gotten a bunch closer to fruition...you can check out a low rez copy of the 2009 Starboard catalog by clicking the link below...or, stop by the shop to check out the coffee table quality hard copy...



People have commented that it is coffee table quality...definitely the nicest watersports brochure ever published...
Starboard's Margaret Engstrom is an incredible photographer...


We'll have a number of the boards shown below in less than 2 weeks...and, a container of them next month around President's Day...if you want to ensure that you'll get a board in this first round, we've been taking pre-orders...

Click on image below to view a few of the new 2009 Starboard SUP's...



Below are pics and general discussion of a few of the new shapes...

8'5" x 28" The Tiki: Dedicated kid's SUP...MSRP $949...

Designed for waterkids L@@King for a quick learning board...super kewl pricing for the parent's, too...;-)

8'5" x 30" Pocket Rocket:

For full blown rail to rail tight pocket turning and vertical performance...


9' x 30" Stinger:

Quad + 1 fin setup allows board to paddle straight...width ensures stability...once on the wave, step back and let her RIP!!!

9'8" x 28.5" Super Fish:

We've ridden this puppy in overhead waves...if you have the surfing skills, it won't disappoint...

9'8" x 30" Element:

A performance oriented short board that combines drive and fluidity with round pin tail...

10' x 34" The Whopper:

We've ridden this board and was impressed by how surfy it is...obviously, it is a super stable SUP...this board revolutionizes what can be done by bigger guys in real waves...Ekolu Kalama has ridden it at Pipeline...

10'3" x 28.5" The Gun:

Copious amounts of vee...fast rocker...nose flip...thin and drivey...

10'5" x 30" Drive:

Achieving the best balance between stability, maneuverability, and glide...the perfect all-arounder...Starboard has produced a board with extreme drive and speed...yet, is loose and responsive...we've ridden it...everything above is true and then some...my prediction is this will be the #1 SUP sold in the world for 2009...

11'2" x 30" The Blend:

Rooted in traditional longboard SUP style...smooth paddler and noserider...

12' x 32" Big Easy:

Stable paddler...traditional longboard SUP style...extremely maneuverable for it's size...


SUPer 12'6" :

Comes with the retractable centerfin system...see this blog post for more info...

Terje Haakonsen:

TAC Edition is a must have collector's item in limited edition wood technology...
Starboard developed this wood technique back in 1994...
(available in four sizes...9'x30"...9'8"x30"...10'5"x30"...12'6"x30")

Not only are these shapes leading the industry...the construction features the top build quality in the world...which in turn equals best bang for the buck...

INNOVATION...QUALITY...VALUE...



There have been pricing increases for 2009...so give us a shout out if you want a killer deal on the current Starboard lineup, which BTW, is blowing away the competition...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

 

Starboard 2009 SUP Board Development

Over the next couple of months Starboard will be unveiling the most extensive SUP board lineup in the world...it's hard to keep the excitement in check because we've already seen, and ridden, several of the new shapes...

All I can tell you is that "YA'LL AIN'T SEEN NUTHIN YET!!!"...;-)

Here's the new 9'8" x 28.5" SUPer Fish...



Not to worry...the current shapes are staying in the lineup...for good reason, too...they are already among the leading SUP shapes on the planet...combined with the top construction, you get QUALITY and INNOVATION...

Continuous product improvement is the Starboard mantra...ours, too...
That's why we are committed to this brand, and have been for over 10 years...

We bring in containers full of Starboard standup paddle boards straight from the factory...knowing that we are getting boards that have been through rigorous QA...that adds value, to you our clients...and, you get it...thanks to you guys, they sell out in a few days...that gives us the resources and confidence to continue to provide you with state of the art boards, and stay at the leading edge of the sport...BTW, we have several more containers of boards ordered and on the way...

Starboard doesn't hold back when it comes to board development...with a rocket scientist, a host of engineers, top world champion athletes, and the best designers on the planet...in-house testing facilities...secret testing grounds scattered across the globe...nobody comes close to touching their R&D program...

Starboard has been world market leader for years in windsurfing boards, and has quickly become market leader in SUP's...

Starboard in 1995 revolutionized the surfing world by introducing epoxy wood veneer molded mini mals and longboards . The same year Starboard complimented their surf board range with the EVA shock deck technology and also produced epoxy sandwich boards, well ahead of the surf industry.

Starboard further was the first production brand to introduce carry handles in the SUP boards, full deck EVA, special diamond groove texture in the standing area and specialized kids boards. As an international market leader, Starboard introduces the widest offering in the sport. From the 7'2" Kid which enables grommets to rip, to the 14'8" Point for long distance and speed paddling.

The fish shapes in the range, the 9'0" and 9'8" Extremists and the new 10'5" Crossover, are probably the World’s most progressive shapes, and drives the cutting edge of competitive SUP.

Starboard 2009 SUP Board Development

Extensive amounts of time and energy have been spent at Starboard bouncing between the Maldives, Australia and Indonesia for testing purposes and the search for the ultimate range of SUP's.

Multiple trips to Bali, another to Sumbawa, as well as the latest one down to the edge of the world at west Java, provided a vast array of conditions to test out all the different configurations of outline Rocker volume and "V".

From Perfect right hand point breaks, to fun size beach breaks and racetrack tubes, we experienced the broadest spectrum of conditions for testing, while also having an incredible amount of fun in the process.



Ekolu Kalama was along for the ride, experiencing the decadence of the Club Med open bar in the Maldives, to the contrary of the glory box,(enough said) at a far outpost of Sumbawa.

Starboard head Honcho and mad keen SUP rider, Svein Rasmussen was also there, never wanting to miss out on an opportunity to test all the latest toys and Johnny Hibbard from the UK came down the Maldives to provide some input as well.

It's been a rapid learning process with modifications, new ideas and new trips coming about, constantly pushing the boundaries with what was not considered possible in the very recent past, to the current state of play and the evolution doesn't show any signs of slowing down soon.

The boards have been unpacked, (still wet from the last trip) in the factory to already being modified and the next ticket being booked to progress from what was learned, to provide the most up to date range of SUP's in the world.

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