Wood technology

Introduced back in 1994 by Jean Louis Colmas from New Caledonia, the wood-laminated custom boards offered the lightest ever build method. Successfully transferred to mass-production in 1995 by Jean Louis and Svein Rasmussen, Starboard produced boards over a kilo lighter than the competition.

Today, we are pleased and proud to see Starboard's pioneering trademark technology used by several other good brands.

"The most impressive construction we saw was the wood veneer found on some of the Starboards. According to our weight and ding tests, Starboard managed to marry low-weight- as low as any board its size- with ding resistance almost comparable to that of boards with thermoformed skins" - American Windsurfer magazine ? USA.

The 0.6mm Australian pine is exceptional as it combines properties in a unique way: the wood is inherently unidirectional and low in resin-absorption, as well as remarkably stiff in compression - conventional laminates such as carbon or glass lacks this quality. Furthermore, wood exhibits high dynamic strength and exceptional impact resistance. The relatively high thickness of the wood laminate multiplies even further its strength, stiffness and ding resistance qualities.

Often overlooked, Starboard's wood laminates also results in a board that has been proven to deform less on the water during actual sailing: the shape under your feet remains exactly as designed when it matters most.

"The material is very rigid, but very pleasant since we have the impression that vibrations are absorbed without any deformations in the board" - Wind magazine - France, March 2002.

The wood laminate is combined with military grade glass, carbon and an Airex sandwich core brought from the aerospace industry. Dyneema is used to reinforce areas of the board subjected to heavy impacts as a means to increase durability further.


The Dyneema Reinforced Airex Model construction is a sandwich construction described as "bullet-proof" by the US magazine Windsurfing. Using an Airex core combined with military grade glass, D-RAM boards feature the use of wood under the heels for impact resistance as well as Dyneema in high impact-exposed areas of the board.

Dyneema is a fibre engineered to provide a remarkably high specific strength and high impact absorption properties. The fibres are manufactured in a unique gel-spinning process that align the molecule chains in a parallel orientation. The resulting strength, elongation-to-break ratio and a sonic velocity of over 10 km/s combine to give a sandwich laminate capable of absorbing high levels of impact energy. Dyneema is used by the US Department of Defence in their bullet-proof vest for ballistic energy absorption.


N-ASA technology opens the way for a future line-up of simple, high performance and affordable range of equipment designed for everyday fun for all.

The new N-ASA technology combines the use of natural wood fibre reinforcements with a 0.3mm ASA skin for a simple yet tough and durable construction. Seamless rails and custom finishing , with sharp release edges and soft carving rails, provide a higher level of quality than ever achieved before with such technologies.

The use of innovative techniques such as foaming epoxy resin, new compression moulding techniques and continuous fibre glass layers provides the required thickness for a strong and stiff laminate, while the 0.6mm Australian pinewood reinforcements further enhance impact and fatigue resistance in the most stressed areas. Low density EPS core maintains the overall weight down and provides flex for added comfort while sailing.

For N-ASA boards with a full EVA comfort deck (Start and Starsurfer), the EVA layer replaces the ASA skin on the deck so as to bond directly with the underlying epoxy and glass fibre layers: the durability of the EVA deck is increased and weight is saved.

ASA (short for Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) is a copolymer based material that has excellent properties for outdoor applications with its remarkable resistance to prolonged exposure to sunlight, heat, rain and common chemicals, and with its ideal mechanical properties: the actylate elastomer has an excellent resistance to discoloration and degradation from UV sunlight and as a laminate sheet, provides high scratch and impact resistant protection.


The Dur-X construction label signifies the use of oversized, angled reinforcements and optimized external reinforcement patches. The Dur-X standard is used for all Acid, Evo and Trance models.

The double-to-single sandwich transition line follows a W-shaped curve to spread the load over a maximized area. The resulting smoother transition reduces the load-concentration ahead of the mast track increasing durability.

Oversized heel reinforcements cover the footstrap inserts, reducing the load concentration that normally occurs between the plastic inserts and the surrounding area. The heel reinforcements are wrapping around the rails to cover the apex of the board and are also angled to spread loading more effectively and prevent total breakage due to localised stress concentration.

A unique mould-marking method guarantees the most accurately built production sandwich boards: heel, nose, rail and ?half-deck? reinforcements follow precisely the design specification to maximize strength-to-weight ratio and enhance durability.

Deep - Tuttle Finbox construction

In 1995, Starboard made available both Power and Tuttle boxes for our medium and large sized boards. Following one year of feedback from the world market, we decided to choose the original Tuttle box system, and are happy to see that all manufacturers have currently chosen the Tuttle design for the board models that need maximum strength to carry the largest fins.

Widely established amongst experienced pro and top level recreational sailors as the best fin mount solution available, the Tuttle box gives the highest level of structural integrity and affords the most secure fit. This in turn ensures that the board?s performance is never compromised by a loose fitting fin. Furthermore the 2 screws system provides extra assurance from losing the fin while crashing into an object sailing, and keeping the fin from moving if it slightly touches the bottom or if it is subjected to other small impacts.

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