View Full Version : EVA-deck on Starsurfer S: Can it be removed?

21st April 2011, 02:13 AM
I bought a used Starboard Starsurfer S (117 litres) a couple of years ago. Just as advertised by Starboard, my plan was to let my kids learn on this board using the centre fin, while I would use it as my smaller board (my other board is a Tabou Rocket 140).

It turned out that the Starsurfer S simply doesn't work for kids unless the sail is at least 3.5 sqm or so, much more than my kid's rig (details on why in another thread on this forum, Staboard are apparently aware of this).

Having lost the point I bought the board for, I figured I would just use it for myself, and get a bigger kid-friendly board to replace my Tabou instead.

With the kids off the Starsurfer, I don't need the full EVA deck. I figure it's just extra weight for an already heavy board. It's also very heavily worn and sunbleached (previous owner).

Does anyone know if there's a way to completely remove the EVA deck and just go with some sort of non-slip instead?

Thanks from Sweden!

21st April 2011, 08:15 AM
Hi Jörgen,
There is no easy way to remove the EVA deck from any board.
You can try warming the EVA up with a hair dryer and see if the glue that holds it to the
skin of the board softens any, but even if most of it comes off, you will have to find a solvent
that will "cut" the residual EVA glue without damaging the Epoxy skin of your board.
Then you can get one of the commercial "ReDeck" products, or get some "foam dust" and
sprinkle it on a coating of thinned epoxy resin.
And, you will no doubt end up painting the top of your board, so some of the weight you remove
will go right back on in paint and non-skid.
Hope this helps,

21st April 2011, 02:34 PM
Roger, thank you very much for the quick and thorough reply! Always impressed by this forum even when just lurking.

Judging from the details of your reply it certainly sounds like it just isn't worth the effort. I guess I'll just stick with the EVA, ignore the cosmetic blemishes and focus on enjoying the soft deck then ;)

Thanks again for your help!


28th June 2015, 07:45 AM
This is a very interesting idea, so sorry to revive that old thread.

I just purchased an old Starboard Go 165. The plan is to use it with a 12.5qm sail until I can track down a used Ultrasonic. Since I am already used to windsurfing I won't need the EVA deck and I think I would be willing to spend some time to reduce the weight of the Go 165 as much as possible, as long as it's worth it by meaning of making a difference. So can you tell, how much weight the board will lose by removing most of the EVA layer? I think adding some paint afterwards won't add that much at least.

Thanks for advice.

28th June 2015, 12:30 PM
Do you have the serial number from this board?
It should be printed on the bottom near the front, but depending on the year
model of the board it could be elsewhere (near the vent plug perhaps).
We might be able to find the weight of the entire EVA deck covering, but it's doubtful.
Would need the year model and the construction type from the serial number to even
think about searching for this information.
Why not just ride it like it is.
The small amount of weight you save be removing the EVA will not enhance or improve
the sailing characteristics of the board noticeably.
Hope this helps,

30th June 2015, 04:40 AM

thanks for your fast reply. Curious, but the board doesn't seem to have a serial number. I took pictures and uploaded them to my FB - https://www.facebook.com/gorgies.datenschleuder/posts/409382289248320.

From what I can tell, the board is from 2004. The design and size totally fits the pictures from that year's catalog. But it might also be older - I only have cataloges 2004 and newer.

From what I can see, the EVA is approx. 4-5mm.

On to the reasons: I have learned windsurfing on such a board (don't exactly remember, might have been a Start), and afterwards bought a Futura 144. Both boards were relatively big, so I'm familar with the powers required to control these boards in full speed and choppy conditions (which was the main reason to trade the Futura against a Kode 113 - a great board btw. (what happened to this size - it's no longer available?). So the idea to remove the EVA is, that even if I only remove like 400-500g this will be a lot more less powers required for my feet to control the board due to leverage effects etc..

30th June 2015, 05:02 AM
Oh, and what you can't see from my pictures - at the center the board has 3 holes on each side (sidewards) to install some extra wings or something alike.