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Old 26th March 2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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I'm really fascinated by the Serenity. I live in Venice, yes right in the watertown, and here in summetime winds around 3-4 knots are usual. The Serenity would mean fun almost everyday, instead waiting for rare north-east strong winds. Couriously traditional boats here are similar to Serenity, long and narrow, think at gondolas and you'll understand...
Can you tell me where's the nearer Starboard windsurf center provided by Starboard with a Serenity to rent and test, better new model? Garda Lake? The nearer centre I've found is in Podersdorf, Austria, not just "around the corner"... I asked it in Porto Pollo Sardinia center two years ago, but they knew and had the Gemini, they didn't know even what was the Serenity.
And also: are you planning a shorter version of Serenity? Yes 460 means the maximum speed, but not the maximum easyness of carrying it, so a 360 also little wider in the middle could be a must, imho.
Nico

p.s: and also my girlfriend name is... Serena!
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Old 26th March 2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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Ciao Nico,

riguardo al Serenity ti consiglio di chiedere informazioni a Urban Nautica di Igea Marina (Rimini).
Urban (Urbano il nome del proprietario) il pi grosso rivenditore di tavole Starboard del centro-nord Italia e non escludo che abbia venduto qualche tavola di questo tipo a qualche noleggio sulla riviera romagnola.
Le informazioni su come contattarlo le trovi sul suo sito web all'indirizzo www.urban.it
Riguardo al Serenity, concordo che sia una soluzione affascinante, soprattutto in mancanza di vento... ma, quando d'estate non c' aria gi al mare e visto che sei di Venezia, perch non vieni a trovarci sul lago di Santa Croce?

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Old 27th March 2010, 11:05 PM   #3
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Ciao e grazie!
Certo che ci vado a Santa Croce, sono spesso li'! Fai te che ho la macchina (Opel Astra SW argento con adesivi surf) sempre piena con'attrezzatura "buona", vele adesso tutte Hot Sails Maui, appena l'anemometro dice che il vento e' salito scappo dal lavoro (in terraferma a Martellago) e vado a Poiatte! Ecco per la particolare mia situazione e` facile che ci sia infrasettimanalmente, tipo lunedi` o martedi`, mai mercoledi`, poi dipende. Il sabato non lavoro ma devo muovermi da Venezia centro, quindi + 45 minuti per arrivare alla macchina a mestre... Mai di domenica, troppo casino.
Provero' a chiedere a Nautica Urban, oddio Rimini non e' attaccata ma posso farci una giornata. Non so se abbiano il coraggio di tenere una tavola cosi' particolare, a differenza del centro di Podersdorf non ho mai visto a Nautica urban mettere in asta un "oggettino" simile, ma nemmeno un Sup, pero' magari mi sbaglio.
Basterebbe anche una bastonata e con anche la scassa rotta, me la sistemerei io, o farei sistemare tanto ehm preferisco molto le powerbox (di cui ho pinne antialga e da fondali bassi, indispensabili in laguna)....

P.s.: ma Voi dove siete sul Lago di S. Croce? siete il noleggio di quella marca che non si puo' dire qui perche' e`... tabou? hehehe
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Old 29th March 2010, 07:44 PM   #4
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Nothing to do, Nautica Urban doesn't have the Serenity, they told me is the most difficult Starboard to sell, and I agree that a 460 board is not an easy item, especially here that whe have narrow and windy road, and small cars (even if my 430 cm is allowed by law
Anyone from the staff knows another rental center in North or Central Italy provided with the Serenity?
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Old 29th March 2010, 09:13 PM   #5
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Maybe you should consider the Phantom 320. Comments on the French forum are enthousiastic about its low wind ability, and it can be used up to Bft 4/5.
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Old 2nd April 2010, 03:33 AM   #6
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I'm really fascinated by the Serenity. I live in Venice, yes right in the watertown, and here in summetime winds around 3-4 knots are usual. The Serenity would mean fun almost everyday, instead waiting for rare north-east strong winds.
The Serenity is a killer in such typical ultra light wind: faster and points higher than any other windsurfing board. This is the class America ultimate performance machine for such wind conditions. Period.

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Can you tell me where's the nearer Starboard windsurf center provided by Starboard with a Serenity to rent and test, better new model? Garda Lake? The nearer centre I've found is in Podersdorf, Austria, not just "around the corner"...
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Check out the Swiss dealer located in Luzern, Switzerland, for a demo.

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I asked it in Porto Pollo Sardinia center two years ago, but they knew and had the Gemini, they didn't know even what was the Serenity.
Way too windy a spot for a Serenity...

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And also: are you planning a shorter version of Serenity? Yes 460 means the maximum speed, but not the maximum easyness of carrying it, so a 360 also little wider in the middle could be a must, imho.
Nico
The Serenity is not a planing hull, but a true gliding hull. The longer the hull, the better in ultra light wind. In sum :

Serenity > Phantom380 > Phantom320 in winds less than 5 knots.

If you feel the lenght of the Serenity is a problem to you (why ?), a Phantom 380 or 320 is a good alternative, but not as good as the Serenity in 3-4 knots winds...

Cheers !

JM
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Old 15th April 2010, 07:49 PM   #7
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I already asked the italian Starboard distributor if they have imported and distributed to some shop or rental center a Serenity, but no answer from them up to now...

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a Gianpiero@linkdistribution.com,
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oggetto Starboard Serenity da noleggiare/testare?

Se mai stato importato uno in Italia, mi indichereste un centro che lo noleggia o lo da da testare, ovviamente a pagamento? Per Venezia sarebbe una manna dal cielo, visto il vento che abbiamo. A meglio se in zona nordest o Garda. Mi va bene anche se hanno un modello vecchio e malmesso".

Umpf, strange to find the Serenity in the little no-sea country of Austria, and not in our Italy sorrounded by seas... I would be happy also with an older model in bad conditions, i use to repair mi boards so no problem...
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Old 12th May 2010, 06:22 PM   #8
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Nothing to do, a lot of windsurf centers answered me but none of them has the Serenity.
No help from italian distributor.
Sad to say but one of them has clearly told me that the Serenity project was "killed" by the SUP explosion. Is it true? Also the slowly decreasing space for Serenity in Starboard website pheraphs shows that the idea of such an original board is fading.
Last thing: someone from Starboard staff can tell me if some Serenity board was ever sent to Italy?
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Old 13th May 2010, 08:02 PM   #9
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I think it will be hard to find Serenity to rent, but Im sure you can buy one. If you cant find it in Italy, you can try other country. Podersdorf is far away from Venice but you can ask in Slovenia, same direction but much closer to Venice, 160km to border.
You can check out this link:

http://www.starboard.si/ceniki/

I now this dealer already sold at least one Serenity board in Slovenia, but probably more. Only problem is that Serenity is not in stock, after you order it you usually have to wait a long time until you get it.
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Old 14th May 2010, 05:28 AM   #10
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Thanks. It seems that every country but Italy appreciate Serenity.
Obviously I would have preferred testing/renting some time the board before thinking to buy it. And honestly an used cheaper model would be better for me; even if I've seen that the sportech model has a good price in Slovenia, better than in Italy.
Some time ago I've seen the Podersdorf centre selling on ebay.de/.at an used 2009 model for less than 600 euros (final auction price), I had the temptation to buy it but shipping cost to Venice mainland was huge (+130 euro). And in any case I surely want to test it before buying it.
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