The latest issue of Windsurf has test reports which to me seem to be prepared to say things other than nice things. I think that is a good sign. I understand that all design is a compromise in boards - if you make it good in a straight line, it generally loses something round corners. You cant have everything.
I think they mixed up the 'Conditions Bias' chart on the two Starboard boards (they need to employ a proof reader?). Again, the conditions and attributes vary with what the boards are aimed at, so the freeride test setup probably was not ideal for comparing the Kombat which would probably score better in a wave (or freestyle?) environment.
This seems perhaps a similar situation to the Boards one which this thread is about, in that the Kombat did not get a glowing report?