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Starboard Flare 98 WoodCarbon, Windsurf (UK), Jul 2010



STATS
VOLUME(L) 98
WEIGHT (KG) 6.9
LENGTH (CM) 238
WIDTH (CM) 63
CONSTRUCTION WOODCARBON FIN (CM) DRAKE
CROSSOVER 24
SAIL RANGE: 5.0-7.0M2

You'll like... that it's super adaptable and stylish.

You won't like... the slightly overlarge fin - chop it in or chop it down.

BACKGROUND
This is the fifth generation of the Flare from Starboard and it has undergone a few slight changes for 2010 following R&D from team riders such as Taty Frans, Kiri Thode and World Champion Sarah-Quita. It is available in wood construction or the super lightweight and stiff 'woodcarbon' construction.

AT A GLANCE
The Flare has a wide squared off nose, with a thick and wide rounded off tail shape. On the deck it has its trade mark heel gutters that increase dome under your feet, giving you improved comfort and grip. The footpads are excellent and the high quality Drake footstraps look great in white .This board has slightly more nose rocker than any other on test and has an obvious kick in the nose, which helps the handling in rough conditions. The standard fin is a Drake Crossover 24, which is great for freeriding but something a bit smaller is recommended for high level freestyle, they can be cut down to fairly good effect however.

RIDE & HANDLING
The lightweight carbon construction helps to get you planing very early and gives it a very stiff and crisp feel.The ride from the straps is smooth, with the heel gutters offering great comfort and grip. Despite its hardcore freestyle design, the Flare is also quick, and with its fast rocker line it's fun to blast around on and can also handle all conditions, including small waves with ease, thanks to the nose kick.MANOEUVRES
The Flare pops well and the volume in the tail makes it very stable while in reverse. Its top speed can be used to good effect through manoeuvres and it spins around reverse sliding tricks very quickly. unlocking the possibility of doubles or even triple linked moves

SUMMING UP
The Flare can deliver it all. It work superbly for the widest range of rider techniques and abilities, allowing you, whatever your level, to explo