I was there when Werner the JP shaper brought the isonic down to the beach. I think they were using the Starboard as the 'benchmark' board that everyone has rated as being the best. Every company does it really, if for example JP had a board that won every test then we at Starboard would for sure want to be testing it alongside our comparative board to see why it is seen as better. They were quite open about it on the beach, Sprecks isn't exactly a secret spot to be testing!!
Hope that helps!!