Adapt yourself. With the new, intelligent, Quad IQ
Onshore setting: maximum drive, lots of grip and extra upwind power. Great for onshore jumps too. The back fin adjusts forwards to loosen up the board, or backwards to stabilize the board.
Sideshore setting: Smoother arc through the turns with controlled power for precise maneuvering. Adjust the back fins forwards or backwards to fine-tune between looseness and stability.
Skate setting: the choice for fast, powerful waves and a skatey feel. The twin fin setting allows the tail to breakout for top turn slashes and takas.
Scott McKercher: "What's really cool is that you've now got a board that is adaptable to the conditions that are right for where you live, as well as where you want to travel. If I'm at home sailing Margaret River, Australia or going up or down the coast looking for quality waves, I change between the Sideshore and Skate settings, depending on how the conditions or the type of turns I'm wanting to achieve. With the Sideshore setting, I love the connected, gripping, driving sensation. They provide the ultimate power gouges, whilst still providing the ability to waft the fins when you smack a section. But if I'm wanting to get more rotational in my connection with the lip, I'd change it to the Skate set up, which transforms the board completely. I don't go to Sylt in Germany anymore these days, but if I was, then I'd convert to the Onshore setting t o make it easier to get out, make it upwind and get better backside riding."
Jaeger Stone: "In bigger conditions I use the Quad IQ with the Sideshore settings. This setting gives me confidence and the ability to do big turns. Onshore is the set up I like to use in small, windy conditions. It gives the board a very quick and whippy feel, allowing you to get more turns out of every wave. Using the board in Skate setting was my favourite because it has speed and drive, but also an element of release that I really like. I can use this board in a wide range of conditions. My favourite is sideshore winds with 2-4ft waves".
Sven Akerboom: "When the wind is side off shore and the waves are fast, my favorite position is the Skate set up. The Skate set up gives me a lot of speed and moveabilty. The breakout of the tail on the top turn makes your sailing feel radical. For more sideshore conditions, I use the Sideshore setting. I also move the back fins fully forward in the Slotbox. This gives the best of both Worlds (Twin and Quad): tight turns and the speed of the twin, with the drive of the quad, the connected feel of the quad all the way on the face of the wave and the possibility to break out the tail on the top turn like a twin. By moving the back fins forward the board, it loosens up the board and that is what I like!"
Tiesda You: "The Quad IQ is the first smart board that with integrated adaptability. It has the capability to make the most of any condition. I like the Onshore setting in most conditions because it makes waveriding easier. If it gets windier or if the wave gets faster, I change to the Skate setting."
Starboard's new Slot Box: the new box system fundamental to the IQ concept.
Designed to be extra light, it weighs 70% lighter than a US box. Quad boards
fitted with Slot Boxes weighed, on average, 640g lighter than those using
conventional boxes. It has 3cm of adjustment room and current US based fins
can also be cut to fit. The custom-manufactured bolts fit the same
screwdriver as your footstraps, making them effective against sand, keeping
the system simple and hassle-free.
Construction:WoodCarbon - the lightest, stiffest option; Wood - extra light, rigid and with the test team's favourite feel; See the Technology page for more details.
Shape: Forward Vee that spirals into reduced vee between the feet and ending in a monoconcave in the tail. The forward vee increases the engaging rail's angle of attack when the board is carving, which creates extra drive into the turn. The monoconcave channels the water through the tail and allows for a flatter rocker for more speed and quicker planing. The tail rocker has extra tail kick to keep the board free and loose. Rails are soft and rounded like surfboards - keeps the ride flowing and smooth.
NEW! Protect - UV protective film: more durability and a longer lasting wood finish (Wood Models).