Starboard Serenity, Windsurfing Journal (Germany), Jul - Aug 2008
Translation: Chris Pressler
"Longboarding is not a crime. If you want to be the fastest in one - to three beaufort and if you are looking for a board that needs technical know-how, the Serenity is your first choice." (Alexander Lehmann, editor-in-chief of the Windsurfing Journal).
The first impression:
"Stand-up-paddleboard", "kayak" or "little jolly-boat"? I hear these words regularly, when I drive on to the parking lot at my homespot carrying the Serenity on the roof. That proves something very alarming: most of the windsurfers do not even recognize the good old hull-shape. I have to admit that the Serenity has an extravagant shape. At the nose and at the tail, the board runs into a peak. It will be hard for many people to make a difference between the tail and the nose of the Serenity. On the deck it has a long masttrack and a big deckpad, which works excellent and protects against slipping off the board. There is a big cavity just behind the masttrack to get the finscrews fixed. This deep notch can be covered with a plate after the screws are tightened. The whole upper deck looks clean and is at the same level. The grip behind the masttrack is placed exactly in the gravity center of the board, so the Serenity carries very well. And it also works fine to carry board and sail together. Just put it on your head! It's astonishing how light the Serenity is. Having a view on the board you expect something else. Lighter people or ladies should not have any troubles when carrying the board. The fin is placed relatively far forward. This fact saves using a daggerboard and later on at the water all possibilities of doubt will disappear. The board comes with two fins: A 70 cm long G-10 monster-fin. For shallow water conditions a 40 cm plastic fin gets delivered, which works much better than the cheap look suggests.
Riding performance (character):
Everybody who thinks you're standing on a pleasure boat will be proven wrong after sailing just a few meters. The board feels anything but boring. It doesn't matter how light the wind is, the board cuts with sensational speed through the water. Always squeezing through the water, it's just a super sensation and it's a lot of fun to try and get more and more out of the board. You can get addicted to catch the next lightest gust and feel the acceleration again. While sailing upwind the edge of the board can be lifted up, because the board is well-balanced. It's more less sailing against the wind than sailing upwind. I prefer the Serenity very much, when I ride down rolling waves in 3 beaufort of wind. The feeling is close to the feeling you have when planning over the water. But it's just for a short moment, after which the tailshape stops you and you'll find yourself turning upwind again to catch the next wave of groundswell and ride downwind with speed. The Serenity is a board, that completely lives up to its promise: endless fun in 1 to 3 beaufort of wind. Incredible speed despite a mirror-like water surface. It's definitely a board for motivated weekend warriors, who prefer to be on the water instead of hanging around at the beach ("I write out of my personal view"). You should use a light but powerful sail. The Severne Glide works excellent on the Serenity. T rimmed with a deep profile you can push the board to the limit. Do not make a fault and use a flat modern Freemove sail on the Serenity. A deep sail with an old school triangle cut, which is 20 years old, will fit best. It needs that belly.
Move performance (character):
When you are sailing the first jibes or tacks on the Serenity, you will have a hard time. Both moves are definitely not easy. While tacking you have to hurry up to walk around the mast, because the board is narrow. You should avoid to step aside. A cooling-down would be the reward. While initiating the jibe you've to get used to giving pressure on the upwind edge of the board. In the moment you initiate the jibe this edge has to be pressed down in a courageous way. Otherwise the nose of Serenity will turn upwind. But don't get me wrong: Both moves (and all other moves, too) are not easy to stick, but that's the special character of the board and you will be never bored on this board. It's a damn cool feeling, when you are able to press the board around a turn in a narrow radius, with the nose up in the air, just by giving a doughty pressure. With some practice, you'll be able to turn on a beer coaster.
Telling you the truth? My first thought was: That's the best board I've ever sailed with! The riding performance is really incredible. It's just about fun to be back on the water in light wind conditions again. It looks like it's easy to sail, but it's not. And that's the exciting point of the board. If you should get the chance to try the Serenity, try it. If you should meet me with my board, just ask me.
A challenging board for low wind conditions with an electrifying riding performance! JUST UNIQUE!
If the wind blows with 2 beaufort you get nervous and the motivation is high to move out on the water. The price of the board is not an offer and you should take care at the beach. The board has a light construction (the weight is incredible) and is not super resistant.