The Rios are Starboard's entry-level all-round boards. They cover learning, progressing and planing for the first time.

They are considered all-rounders because they are equally good at providing stability for beginners to learn and providing power for progressing windsurfers to get planing smoothly. Once planing, the Rios feel responsive and fun.

The Rios advanced shape and fittings make them by far the most thoroughly designed entry-level board on the market today.

  • Starboard's entry-level all-round boards
  • Stable for beginners, easy to plane for intermediates, responsive and fun for experts.
  • The most advanced entry-level all-round design available

The soft EVA deck option: the best choice for comfort. The deck of the board is covered in a soft, grippy and grooved EVA sheet 2 to 6 mm thick.

The Sport option: the lighter, high performance version of the Rio. The EVA deck is replaced with a conventional non-slip finish.

The Armour Tech option: the extra strong model. Perfect for school and clubs, the Armor Tech's double thickness, double layered construction makes the board extra beefy for extra durability.


The Rio XL is the longer addition to the Rio range, offering the most glide due to its length, most light-wind speed and most longitudinal stability. It has good sideway stability for beginners due to its 82.5cm width and boxy rails , but not as much as the Start M and L.

This makes Rio XL the ideal choice for schools that base their methods on classic gliding speed from the start. First-time windsurfers get gliding right away, and at the same time they'll get hooked to the sensation. This is not a board for planing, but a dedicated entry level board.

•   Specifically extra-long and narrow model
•   The most glide and longitudinal stability from the range

Rio S
Rio M
Rio L
Rio XL
EVA Sport Armour Tech Volume Length Width Tail width Thickness Bottom shape (from tail to nose) Number of footstrap rows Fin Finbox Recommended fin range Recommended sail range Weight (Tufskin) Weight (Armour Tech)
o o o 180 269 76 56.2 14.2 cm Flat Vee to Double Concave 3 Drake Shallow 310 + Daggerboard Allgaier 620 Tuttle 3 Holes 31-41 2.0-9.5 12.64/12.16 15.23
o o o 206 289 81.5 59 14.9 cm Flat Vee to Double Concave 3 Drake Shallow 410 + Daggerboard Allgaier 620 Tuttle 3 Holes 31-41 2.0-9.5 14.14/13.95 17.37
o o o 233 300 85.5 67.5 15.1 cm Flat Vee to Double Concave 3 Drake Shallow 410 + Daggerboard Allgaier 620 Tuttle 3 Holes 31-41 2.0-9.5 15.13/15.11 18.18
o o o 266 336 82.5 48.1 14.9 cm Flat 1 Drake Shallow FRN 220 US 8" - 2-9.5 18.01

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