Starboard Futura 122 Wood, German Surf (Germany), Oct 2007

On land: The Futura is the widest board of the test group, shows up in the well known Starboard Wood design and seems to be very thin and round. The board is equipped with a 40 cm long Tuttlebox fin. The fin bolt recesses are enlarged and offer a lot of space for the fingers. The footstrap positions are suitable for everybody. Just a middle position is missing. The rounded tail outline has only got little cut outs. The footstraps can be fixed in a matter of seconds for every footsize with one single Velcro tape and the anti-twist inserts work very well.

On water: The Futura should be the fusion of the proven freerider "Carve" and the more sporty "S-Type" and would combine the best characteristics of both shapes. On the first few meters of sailing, it gives the immediate impression that the "shape cocktail" also gets a dash of the Slalom board "iSonic" design, when the board plays its trumps with the more power it gets. It rides and very free over the water, so that you get the feeling of just touching the water surface with only the last centimeters. And we can assure anybody who is scared of wide boards that the board sits more stable in both it's longitudinal axis and transverse axis compared to all other boards.

Some body tension is needed to enjoy the efficient grip of the powerful fin, which persists in top speed and shakes off most of any pursuers. When you first look at it you may suspect, it's a pure Freerace board. That's partly true, because on one hand the characteristics give the impression of sailing a modern Slalom board. On the other hand intermediate sailors profit from a stable planing position and the great stability in non-planing conditions. Additionally the board turns tighter than expected. In direct comparison, the board feels a bit slowed down when you start to plan passively when it needs some meters to get to speed.

Conclusion: An extremely fast board with sporty feeling and great qualities for recreational jibers too.

SURF-tip: For intermediate sailors and sailors with racing ambition