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mark h
16th March 2008, 05:43 AM
Straight linners will be interested in this news:

Cheers

Starboard have just announced the release of exact replicas of Antoine's 3 speed boards.
They will hopefully be in the shop by the later part of June..... (Probably August)





• iSonic Speed Specials:
• Three models: W44, W49 and W53
• Designed by Christophe Fiorentini, replicas of
Antoine Albeau’s boards

MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY – THE FINAL FRONTIER
Competing and winning has been
the drive of the Starboard Dream Team since
day one. Speed remains the final frontier.
50 knots and a new Speed Sailing World Record are
the next challenge.
On March 5th 2007, Dream Team rider Antoine
Albeau takes a Starboard-built custom board to break
the record and set a new benchmark in the world of
wind-powered sports.
For 2009, Starboard is proud to introduce a
collection of three new iSonic Speed Specials, exact
replicas of the boards Antoine used to take home the
World Speed Champion title. Designed by Christophe
Fiorentini, these three speed boards are simply some of
the fastest boards in the World.
Christophe Fiorentini: “I have been working actively
on the shape of these 3 speed boards since 2005.
In the course of events I have improved the design of
each of these boards. To define the ideal
characteristics, we tested boards in the South of
France (a spot with very irregular winds and with
both flat and choppy water conditions) but also in
Fuerteventura (150° angle with light wind) and in
Namibia (square conditions with 100° angle). Under
your feet, the boards accelerate with a great feeling
of ease. The boards have a neutral trim so that wind
lulls and gusts can be coped with effortlessly and
with maximum efficiency. The great special feature of
these boards is that they keep the speed generated
by a gust of wind for a very long time. The double
concave is tailored individually on each model to
blend acceleration on flat water and comfort. See the
next page for our recommendation for what fins and
sails to choose.”


MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY– THE FINAL FRONTIER

iSonic Speed special W44
Sails: 4.0 to 6.5
Ultra flat water: 20cm fin
Flat water: 22cm fin
All-round conditions: 24cm fin
Choppy/lightwind: 26cm fin

iSonic Speed special W49
Sails: 5.0 to 6.8
Ultra flat water: 22cm fin
Flat water: 24cm fin
All-round conditions: 26cm fin
Choppy/lightwind: 28cm fin

iSonic Speed special W53
Sails: 5.5 to 7.5
Ultra flat water: 26cm fin
Flat water: 28cm fin
All-round conditions: 30cm fin
Choppy/lightwind: 32cm fin

Unregistered
16th March 2008, 05:56 AM
Great news that Starboard is investing in speed, but they are not exact replicas, because Anonie's board was 37cm wide, it was a CFC Custom 37, impt not to let hype get in way of truth!!

Ian Fox
16th March 2008, 07:19 AM
Also "impt" not to let reactionary comments get in way of reality!! (like, where's the "hype" ???)

What Starboard had written :

"For 2009, Starboard is proud to introduce a collection of three new iSonic Speed Specials, exact replicas of the boards Antoine used to take home the World Speed Champion title."

"On March 5th 2007, Dream Team rider Antoine Albeau takes a Starboard-built custom board to break the record and set a new benchmark in the world of wind-powered sports."

(For those with short memories - or minimal knowledge of the sport of speed sailing, last year ISA conducted a World Championship series, which resulted in the (current) title of World Speed Champion being won by a large Frenchman - irrespective of any WR results in March )

> There is clearly no claim the new boards are WR Canal replicas.
> The WR news clearly refers to a custom board.

Most of the (global) speed sailing community probably relates much more to the boards used in the ISA / World Speed Championship series conditions, than some esoteric canal special for use at 50kts in 50 kts of wind..
So for that reason, presenting (production board replicas of) A2's World Speed Championship boards proven competitive in real world conditions (and from same designer as A2's WR custom) actually makes a lot of sense.

Maybe some guys just can't see that.. Or read clearly.. Or sign their name.. even Aussies..

...and no, I didn't write that SB release...

Cheers ~ Ian

mark h
16th March 2008, 10:35 PM
Well said Ian. Unfortunitly some people read with there mouths & not there eyes. The brief clearly states the following:

"Starboard have just announced the release of exact replicas of Antoine's 3 speed boards".

It also goes on to say the following statement:

"For 2009, Starboard is proud to introduce a
collection of three new iSonic Speed Specials, exact
replicas of the boards Antoine used to take home the
World Speed Champion title".

No confussion there, the line up is discribed very clearly & as Ian says, theres no mention of a 37cm canal replica. I think I'm right in saying that this will be the first real speedboard line-up (high, med & light winds) that a manufactorer has offered. Obvisley, SB are taking speed very seriously. Thats a good thing.

Cheers
Mark

Phill104
16th March 2008, 11:54 PM
Mmmmmm 49:)

I assume that will be around the 60-65ltr mark?

Bill
17th March 2008, 02:58 AM
It feels like hype to me.

Unregistered
17th March 2008, 04:33 AM
Come on guyz you know you were taking advantage of Antonie's world record by association, you're just getting semantic. It also happened on Seabreeze where a local shop was trying to generate hype from Antonie's efforts.

It's brilliant that Staboard are getting behind speed and introducing these boards. The general public would prbably get less than 1% usage out of a 37 CFC custom, whereas with Isonic customs they'd probably get much more use, and I say "Well Done Starboard".

Sorry, Mark h and Ian F you guyz sound very sensitive on this issue, and I don't mean to offend, but the windsurfing masses don't need to be confused or mislead, and your clarification helps Ian F about what the boards really are, and I would say much more accessible for the masses that the CFC 37 custom, But to say exact relpicas of Antonie's boards after he's done a world record is semantically misleading, wouldn't take a genius to work that one out (Wink)

Unregistered
17th March 2008, 05:04 AM
Maybe some guys just can't see that.. Or read clearly.. Or sign their name.. even Aussies..


Cheers ~ Ian


Ps To infer that you will publicly out any anonymous poster who has something critical to say on a "Free Forum" is very very bad form, you jeopardise your own forum with this sort of behaviour!!!!!

The whole idea of the internet and public forum's is to disseminate accurate information and as much as is possible allow the general masses to access the truth, don't shoot yourself in the foot with these sort of tactics.

I post very regularly on this forum and predominantly have 99% positive things to say (I own starboard products), this was the first time I thought to say something that could be perceived as negative and I'm treated in this way, very very bad form, not sure I'll post here again, and watch your numbers drop off.

mark h
17th March 2008, 06:22 AM
Post 7, cheers, no need to applogise. Its a big world & there will always be differences in opinions, and I guess where all entitled to that.

Personally I think its great that SB have invested in a 3 x board range, especially as they already have the iS76 slalom (which could also be classed as light wind speed board, like the forthcomming iS speed W53).

Cheers
Mark

Unregistered
17th March 2008, 07:10 AM
Post 7, cheers, no need to applogise. Its a big world & there will always be differences in opinions, and I guess where all entitled to that.

Personally I think its great that SB have invested in a 3 x board range, especially as they already have the iS76 slalom (which could also be classed as light wind speed board, like the forthcomming iS speed W53).

Cheers
Mark


Thanx Mark,

Yes I think It's Brilliant what Starboard are doing!!!!!!!

If marketed like F2 do about their missile which is they openly state that they are using the scoop rocker lines (or whatever they copy) from finian a karins boards on their missile, then it's less misleading. Starbaord make a great product, they listen to their market, they don't need to unintentionally mislead with semantics in their advertising. I wouldn't own a starboard if I didn't think they made a great product, I'm too discerning a buyer.

John_nz
17th March 2008, 03:22 PM
Mark H re your comment:
"I think I'm right in saying that this will be the first real speedboard line-up (high, med & light winds) that a manufacturer has offered"

What about the Carbon Art Speed boards that have been performing soo well over the past year? 44, 47, 50 and 60cm? Cheers, John

Papounet
17th March 2008, 05:26 PM
What about AB+

Speed 38
Speed 42
Speed 46
Speed 50

Papounet
17th March 2008, 05:32 PM
On March 5th 2007, Dream Team rider Antoine
Albeau takes a Starboard-built custom board to break
the record and set a new benchmark in the world of
wind-powered sports.
Is there now another shapper in *Board devellopment Team ?

mark h
17th March 2008, 10:09 PM
Soz John_nz & Papounet, forgot about CA & never been on AB+ site.

Unregistered
18th March 2008, 08:20 PM
What about AB+

Speed 38
Speed 42
Speed 46
Speed 50

I cant seem to find the AB+ web site

Remi
19th March 2008, 05:46 AM
Hi All,

You will have a press release soon, so stay tune.

All the best

mark h
24th March 2008, 05:28 AM
I know its still early, but any details on length & volumes as yet?

Cheers

Remi
24th March 2008, 01:27 PM
Hi Mark h,

It's the replica that Antoine use last year : 53, 49 and 44cm wide is what we can give rigth now, more details later, thanks for your patience.

All the best

lucofede
28th March 2008, 02:15 AM
I cant seem to find the AB+ web site

this is Anders Bringdal's boards site, but it is "Under construction"

http://www.abpluswindsurfing.com/

regards

Papounet
28th March 2008, 04:40 PM
this is Anders Bringdal's boards site, but it is "Under construction"

http://www.abpluswindsurfing.com/

regards

http://www.alternative-watersport.com/watershop
and AB+ boards

mark h
9th April 2008, 05:41 AM
Noticed that some shops are taking orders for July release date. Any further info?
Cheers
Mark

adaminkernow
10th April 2008, 12:29 AM
The Starboards will be in the UK from September from what I have heard.
Haven't you got enough boards Mark? LOL Adam

mark h
10th April 2008, 09:05 PM
I'v managed to find an empty space in the garage, its just big enough to squeeze a iS W49 in. LOL

Hammer
28th April 2008, 12:29 PM
Ok Ian and Svein, You have me interested. So when can I get one!

Unregistered
18th May 2008, 03:05 PM
W44 and the isonic 50

What is the estimated top speed for the W44? do you have any info?

Darren Barker 199

jonthesailorman
20th May 2008, 09:43 PM
answering above post: retarded fast.

What is the production boards most likely construction? Any of that carbon/wood getting thrown in there???? eh? eh?

Unregistered
21st May 2008, 01:28 AM
Starboard are just as good at press releases (hype) as they are at building boards.Yes they obviously make good boards but they are masters at "association" and manipulation. Seems to me manufacturers have to be like this nowadays to survive.Starboard have always made claims to firsts;fastest etc etc.Its why they do well.Just read this site !!!
Is blatant but it works.

Ian has as good a coomand of English as he has command of his board.Seems a somewhat indefensible position though Ian !! Read the "Hype" again.

Unregistered
7th August 2008, 05:21 PM
Hi Team
could you shed some light on the speedboards referred to above?
When will they be available?
Thanks
Guy
IR55)

Ola_H
7th August 2008, 11:52 PM
Check with your local distributor. With some luck some of them can be available very soon in your country.

adaminkernow
8th August 2008, 02:12 AM
Seen some pictures of the new speedboards...... Very nice indeed.
Almost tempted to buy one LOL

Papounet
8th August 2008, 08:13 PM
http://transjai.videos.free.fr/images/SBSPEED09/vuedessus.JPG

Hammer
9th August 2008, 02:03 AM
They do exist!
Just out of curiosity what fins did they come with?

mark h
9th August 2008, 02:14 AM
Papounet, thats a superb picture, all three together. But its just cost me more money!! as I was going to keep my iS76 and just get a iS Speed W49 to replace the F2 Missile, but now that I'v seen the iS W53 I really really want one, 7.6m light wind rocket. Looks like the iS76/F2 missile will get replaced for a iS W53 & W44. Just need to figure out how to explain to the wife that the new bathroom might be delayed, heart rates just increased!!!!

Unregistered
11th August 2008, 02:47 AM
Looks promising
What are the specifications please?
Thanks
Guy

mark h
11th August 2008, 03:19 AM
Hi Guy,
Check out page one of this thread for specs. Are you likely to get over to WK before it closes in Nov for repairs?

Cheers

Jean-Marc
15th August 2008, 03:26 PM
Looks promising
What are the specifications please?
Thanks
Guy


Check it out :

http://www.star-board.com/2009/pages/products/v_isonic.php

Cheers !

JM

Unregistered
17th August 2008, 11:02 PM
Thanks JM
Mark, I hope so but new arrival means I'll be lucky to get to Dungarvan!
Guy

nonopr
17th August 2008, 11:41 PM
do it right!!!

mark h
21st September 2008, 10:42 PM
Just got the W53, but could'nt upload the pics. Heres a link with the pics I took today. I'v taken the pics next to my F2 Missile to give an idea of the size of the W53. Ignor the date on the camera.

http://www.windsurf.me.uk/cpg133/thumbnails.php?album=45