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Old 16th March 2008, 05:43 AM   #1
mark h
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: NW England,
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Smile 2009 speedboards

Straight linners will be interested in this news:


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

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.”


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
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