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WindSUP Inflatable 10' Deluxe, WIND (France), Feb 2014 [EN-FR]

Starboard’s presents the unique WindSUP Inflatables: reinventing the inflatable concept for windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Lighter and tougher than traditional hard boards, these boards are seriously fun toys for the whole windsurfing/paddle boarding family as well as for schools and clubs. They glide nicely, they’re safe because you can’t bump your head against them, they can be treated with minimal care and they roll up into a compact bag!


The following test was featured in the 2014 Special Test edition of WIND Magazine! Four different brands and were tested with the Starboard winning the test! Overall, testers were surprised by the glide and compactness. Read it in French or English!



Starboard WindSUP Inflatable 10' x 34" Deluxe: "A real windsurfer... Maneuverable and accessible!"




Length: 314 cm
Width: 87 cm
Weight / Naked Weight: 15 kg / 10.98 kg
Volume: 300 liters
Recommended Fin: Drake Shallow 22 cm + Daggerboard 57 cm
Sail range: 2.5m² - 7.0m²
Available sizes: 9'0 x 30" / 10'0 x 34" / 11'2" x 32" / 11'2" x 39" / 12'6" x 30"


Design:

Quite large and round with a lot of rocker, the WindSUP Inflatable 10' x 34" comes with a fully-retractable daggerboard. Ingeniously, the daggerboard box is inserted before inflating and locks itself into position as you inflate to the required pressure of 18 PSI. The deck features a big three-layer pad.

"Bien large et tout en rondeur avec beaucoup de spatule, le WindSUP Inflatable 10'0 est équipé d'une vraie dérive rétractable. Astucieusement, le puits de dérive s'insère avant le gonflage et est pris en tenaille par les 18 PSI de pression. Le pont est plaqué d'un pads géant de trois densités."

On the Water:

Some effort is required to inflate the WindSUP to the recommended 18 PSI. It's physical; ladies and kids might struggle to complete the task even with the high-pressure pump provided. The slightly out-centered carry handle is quite nice and allows to carry the board with one hand quite easily.

Its wide shape boosts confidence and provides great stability. With slightly more rocker than others, the WindSUP requires just a tiny bit more effort to get going but the difference is almost insignificant. The comfort is excellent thanks to the three-layer EVA pad and you can move freely around the board without any balance issues.

The daggerboard gives the WindSUP a huge advantage over its competitors: it is a real windsurfer, ideal to cruise around or teach windsurfing to the entire family. Stable and easily maneuverable, everything goes smoothly and simply with the Starboard reacting immediately. Handling the daggerboard is extremely simple; no effort is required... It's even easier than a traditional hard board! The WindSUP is by the far the most efficient board of the lot, especially in light winds where its competitors are all going sideways. The glide is quite discreet but the board goes just as fast as the other inflatables tested.

"Il faut du coeur à l'ouvrage pour gonfler le WindSUP Starboard de ses 18 PSI. C'est physique, enfants et demoiselles auront du mal à compléter la tâche, malgré la pompe haute pression. Sa poignée légèrement décentrée est agréable et permet de soulever d'une seule main la planche qui se met sur la tranche naturellement pour un portage facile.

Sa forme de grosse mémère donne confiance et procure un gros avantage de stabilité. Plus banané, le WindSUP demande un léger soupçon d'efforts pour se lancer mais cela reste marginal. Le confort est excellent sur son pads à trois densités. Les déplacements se font sans avoir à regarder le pont et sans problèmes d'équilibre.

La dérive donne au Starboard un avantage énorme: c'est une vraie planche à voile, idéale pour se balader ou enseigner les joies du windsurf à toute la famille. Stable et facile dans les changements de directions, tout se fait simplement, le Starboard répond immédiatement. Le maniement de la dérive est ultra simple, sans effort à fournir, c'est même plus simple qu'une planche traditionnelle! Le WindSUP est de loin le premier à être efficace quand les autres marchent en crabe. Les sensations de glisse sont discrètes mais le Starboard se déplace à vitesse égale à ses opposants."




Verdict:

Thanks to the its retractable daggerboard, the Starboard WindSUP leaves all its competitors in its wake in terms of maneuverability. Its ability to head upwind allows you to tour the coastline with the certitude you will be coming back to your starting point. This WindSUP Inflatable is a SUP and a windsurfer at the same time; great for teaching while having fun. Perfect for the whole family!

"Grâce à sa dérive rétractable, le Starboard dépose la concurrence en maniabilité. Sa capacité à remonter au vent permet de partir pour des excursions côtières en ayant la certitude de revenir à son point de départ. Ce WindSUP gonflable est à la fois un SUP et une planche à voile à part entière, permettant l'initiation pour faire comprendre les différents types d'allures tout en s'amusant. Pour toute la famille."

Pros:

Maneuverability, accessibility, deck comfort, retractable daggerboard, carry handle, windsurf ability

Cons:

Inflating the last 5 PSI



To find out everything there is to know about the WindSUP Inflatable 10' x 34", go to the product page by clicking here!

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