The new 2012 Kode Freestyle Waves are Starboard's wave freestyle boards. Their nature is to be aggressive, fast and maneuverable.
The three smallest sizes are the most wave orientated. They fit the classic description of 'down-the-line sideshore wave boards'. Their speed and maneuverability make them good freestylers as well, although windsurfers nowadays may find them too small for anything other than the occasional high-wind move. The three middle sizes are a balanced blend between wave, freestyle and freeride. 86 litres remains a popular size for wave riding, so the 86 maintains a strong wave emphasis. The 94 and 103 are the best freestylers and high-wind freeriders. The two largest sizes are mostly freeride-oriented, since their size does not fit with the generally-accepted wave or freestyle volumes. They can best be seen as engaging, maneuverable alternatives in the freeride segment.
The new 2012 Quads are the all-out powerful wave designs that generate maximum speed and drive, bringing an awesome production of speed, flow and power to your sailing.
Stable and direct in feel, the Quads are most rewarding when driven hard off the rails for power turns. They like to turn on a full rail. With their four-fin grip, they give a very connected-to-the-wave-face sensation yet they still give the ability to lose the tail when extended through the lip for a rotational, whipped move.
Powerful, carving rail riders like Scott McKercher and Kevin Pritchard live for such performance.
First released in 2003, the Evos have defined the modern, compact, wave board design.
The Evos' nature is to be smooth, fluid and most importantly, versatile in all wave riding conditions and for a wide range of users. Whether riding big waves or small onshore mush, the Evos are versatile. The Evo name has become synonymous with the ability to wave ride anywhere, anytime.
In 2010, the Evo benefitted from the multi-fin concept and the Adaptability concept. Both improve the Evos' ability to cover an incredibly wide range of conditions. Freestyle-influenced riders like Philip Koster and Taty Frans specifically prefer the Evo for their ability to rip in all conditions, particularly in smaller waves, where the modern wave rider typically mixes up pure wave rides with freestyle moves off the wave face.
The new 2012 Flares are Starboard's dedicated pro-level freestyle boards, designed and backed by the world's best freestyle team.
Freestyle boards require an interesting blend of riding characteristics: they need to be very quick to accelerate and feel compact in both aerial and sliding maneuvers; they need to pop air easily and carve and respond quickly to the rider's moves. Of all boards, they need to be the lightest yet remain extremely strong. To finish off, a freestyle board needs to be perfectly balanced and aggressive enough to invite its riders to go bigger, faster and stronger with confidence while being forgiving enough to help him or her finish each move.
The Flares excel in each of these criteria. They also come in more sizes than any other freestyle board range, catering for riders of all ages and all sizes.
* Dedicated freestyle boards
* Most compact and quickest to accelerate
* Designed to generate lots of pop off flat water and be highly responsive with a direct, aggressive feel
* The small freestyle fin, the thick tail and centered straps require a good freestyle skill-level and a vertical riding style