Starboard Design Details

By: Starboard  06-Dec-2011

Strap/board connection: the bond between the rider's feet, the strap and the board is critical. Starboard designs this connection point to be extremely stiff, strong and reliable, to preserve every ounce of performance and feel available. At the same time, the textures and foam densities are carefully chosen to offer grip, comfort and confidence. Slip on a pair and feel the difference.

NEW! Drake Deluxe Straps III
Wider double-flap straps shaped for wave/freestyle riders. Extra strong, holds its shape impeccably and features strap-size indicators for easy size adjustment. For 2012, the corners of the top flap have been rounded off.

On the most heavy-duty boards, the K9 system is replaced with double-screw strap inserts: no twist and super strong. This is featured on the back footstrap of the Quads, Evos, the Flares, the Kode 68, 74 and 80.

Sponge pads:
super comfortable fish-scale pads with a sponge underlay that also exaggerate the deck dome for maximum grip and confidence. Featured on the Kode 86, 94 and 103.

Heel bumpers:
cushions landings, protects the board from heel impacts. Featured on the Quads, the Evos, theKode 68, 74 and 80.

Fish Scale Pad:
unidirectional traction that grips when pushing into the straps, and releases when pulling out.

The extra-thick footstrap washer
achieves a firmer grip without bending under pressure. This also reduces tendency for screws to become loose over time and helps to stop the straps from twisting.

7x32mm Footstrap Screws:
Starboard's extra widefootstrap screws increase the overall strength of this connection point. The screws will never snap nor rip out.

Oval Recess:
easy finger access to the fin bolts (for boards fitted with Tuttle box)

K9 Anti-twist plugs:
sandwiched between the board and the strap, the K9 plug has four canine teeth that sink into the strap to provide a mechanical anti-twist effect. No twisting means better control, better feel and better safety.

Slot Box.
The Slot box is designed to be extra light, weighing 70% lighter than a US box. It has 3cm of adjustment room and current US based fins can also be cut to fit. The custom-manufactured bolts fit the same screwdriver as your footstraps, making them effective against sand, keeping the system simple and hassle-free. For 2012, the Starboard Flares also use the Slot Box.

"Quad boards fitted with Slot Boxes weighed, on average, 640g lighter than those using conventional boxes"
Boards magazine 75 litre wave boards test, Dec 2010

One screw fits all:
air-valves, tuttle boxes, Slot box, US box, footstraps: a single screwdriver fits them all. Simple.

Tuttle Box:
the strongest and most reliable fin box system. Two bolts are used for a more secure fitting. Boards fitted with a Deep Tuttle fin box can use both normal and deep tuttle fins, allowing the board to use a wider range of fin sizes.

The new tool-free Clipperbox system:
a simple clipping daggerboard system that is smooth and easy to operate. New feature: remove and fit the daggerboard by simply pulling it out and pushing it back in. Sand proof and reliable. Featured on the GO Windsurfer and the SUPers.

NEW! Drake Slick Straps 5
Narrower freeride/slalom straps. These are all-new design for 2012. They are similar to the Deluxe strap but with a softer flex and a narrower body. Size Indicator Tabs makes strap sizing a breeze.

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