Starboard Kode 86 WoodCarbon, Windsurfing (USA), Apr 2009

WHAT WE LIKED: The red rocket was a favorite of many testers. Plenty of float and planing power without sacrificing much else–one tester noted it "looks big. but sails small." Starboard's "thin is in" theme from last year carried over–a good thing.

BUYER BEWARE: One tester found the lack of nose rocker made him nervous: others felt they needed a little bit of time to dial in its jibes.

BETTER THAN THE FLEET AT: Doing everything well. from free sailing to wave–riding.

BEST SUITS: Intermediate to advanced riders looking for a safe bet for high winds that they won't outgrow.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Ideal mast–track position pre–marked on the board.