THE FUTURE OF INNOVATION QUALITY
In 2018 we became a certified B-Corp company as we met the rigorous standards set out by B-Corp. These strict standards allow us to ensure we are creating a positive impact for our employees, the community around us and of course, the environment. Overall, allowing us to use business as a force for good.
B-Corp companies are something you can be searching for when you are out and about buying your own items, whether its a cup of coffee, a new t-shirt or a mortgage, take a look for the B-Corp standard stamp. Having the B-Corp standard as part of your business is like having a Fairtrade stamp on food and clothing items. When you purchase a product from a B-Corp or Fairtrade company, you are choosing to support the community of business who care about their environmental and social standards. Resulting in a positive impact on the industry, driving positive change and positive impacts to not only people’s lives but also the environment.
10X CLIMATE POSITIVE
For every board Starboard plants 3 mangrove trees with Worldview International Foundation. Each tree absorbs 673kg of CO2 during its first 25 years.
50% of absorption goes towards offsetting this board & 50% is secured as carbon credits to fund livelihood projects in Myanmar. The average emission from a Starboard board is 100 kg CO2. By planting 3 trees per board we offset this 10 x over.
PLASTIC OFFSET PROGRAM
1.4 kg of trash is collected per board by Starboard POP crews at beaches in Thailand & Myanmar. Globally, an individual is responsible for 1.4 kg of plastic reaching the ocean every year. Starboard balances this amount for our customers.
ALL STARBOARD INFLATABLE PADDLE BOARDS FEATURE WELDED RAIL TECHNOLOGY
The welded rail uses a new & advanced heat-welding process whereby the top and bottom layers of the board are mechanically bonded. That means there is no glue used to join the top and bottom along the rails (where leakage can occur) therefore these joins are now bonded for life – making our boards the most durable on the market!
YOU RIDE WHAT THE WORLD CHAMPIONS RIDE
At Starboard, our products are crafted by passionate paddlers. Our dedicated R&D team works closely with our team of world champions to develop top-notch equipment. With countless hours spent testing on the water and building prototypes in our in-house workshop, our Starboard team riders compete and emerge victorious using production boards made from our very own molds. These boards are identical to the ones available for our valued customers. See Starboard Dream Team >
At Starboard, our core vision is Innovation Quality. Guided by this motto, we place innovation at the heart of our decision-making process. We continuously introduce numerous groundbreaking innovations to the world of watersports.
1994 - The Beginning
The beginning. Starboard is founded in New Caledonia, with Svein Rasmussen and Jean Louis Colmas in the forefront.
1995 - Pioneering Wood Sandwich Construction
Pioneering and leading the industry with the ultra light and legendary wood
sandwich construction. A technology that put Starboard on the map, giving an incredible feeling on the water.
1999 - Introduce Ultra Wide Beginner Boards
Introducing the world’s first ultra-wide beginner board that launches a new branch of boards in the industry. Re-creating windsurfing and helping thousands of riders develop their love for the sport.
2001 - Starboard Becomes #1 Windsurfing Brand
Starboard becomes windsurfing brand #1 after winning the first six spots in the 2001 World Championship. Additionally becoming official supplier to the Formula Windsurfing World Championship.
2002 - Return of the HyperSonic
Starboard’s Hypersonic marks the return of slalom windsurfing, a discipline that had almost disappeared. The iSonic followed, a board that continues to dominate PWA Slalom today.
2006 - Stand Up Paddling is Introduced
Starboard introduces Stand Up Paddleboarding for the market. Revolutionizing the industry by offering shapes and innovations far ahead of competitors.
2007 - World's First Extra-Slim Freeride
Introduces the world’s first extra-slim freeride boards, fast-forwarding the concept of early planing but yet reactive boards.
2009 - Tufskin
The beginning of the Tufskin paddle featuring a durable blade for training.
2009 - World's First Production Quad Fin
Introduces the world’s first production quad fin wave board, setting a new trend and standard in the wave discipline. Rapid turns and more drive would be the key points.
2010 - Set the New Thin Trend
Re-shaping the concept of the 2007 thin board, resulting in hyperactive and responsive boards that planes early, giving more response and maneuverability. Ultimately enabling more days on the water.
2010 - The Enduro Blade
The Enduro features a well balance blade design with a medium-strong dihedral proving stability and power
Carbon blade in hand-laminated around PVC core. The rails are carefully inlaid with ABS
2012 - Reshaping the Phantom Program
Re-shaping the Phantom program for light as well as high wind performance – the bat wings leads the way for a super efficient racing machine.
2013 - Lighter is Better
Starboard R&D team is proud to introduce the lightest paddle biaxial carbon blade on the market starting 150 grams.
2014 - Tiki Tech Introduces our Scratch Resistant Technology
Our new proprietary blade technology, Tiki Tech features a special scratchproof surface finish material. It’s extra durable and lightweight.
2016 - AirPlane Launches
Starboard pioneers the mobility in the windsurfing world when launching the new AirPlane, an inflatable windsurfing board fully capable of high speed planing.
2016 - Shaft Flex Option for Maximising your Performance
We paddle a lot and found it fun to develop paddle shaft suiting the individual needs for our various-sized friends and team riders. A flexible shaft transfers energy in a more gentle way suiting long-distance paddling and higher cadence.
2016 - Starboard Blue Comes toLife
The year Starboard had their first Environmental Employee joining the team, they managed the initial efforts of Starboard to reduce the impact of the company onto the wider world.
2016 - Starboard Makes World SUP Champs in Fiji Carbon Positive
Supporting Sustainable Surfs Deep Blue Event status, Starboard mitigated the impact of the event by sequestering the emissions of the event 4.4 times over! Events emissions: 900 tonnes of CO2. Starboard planted: 4,000 mangrove trees. Absorbing: 4,000 tonnes of CO2!
2017 - Introducing Bio-Resin
Starboard introduces the first production board made with BIO-Resin, leading a new path towards sustainability.
2017 - World's First PWA Foil Windsurfing Champion
The World’s first PWA Foil Windsurfing Champion is settled. The winner Antoine Questel goes into the history books while riding Starboard foils.
2017 - Airline ~ the World's Fastest Inflatable
In order to close the gap between inflatable and hard boards, thinking outside the box was necessary. The patented free-flowing and pre-stretched aramid cable functions as a spring when the board is inflated. It stores energy and releases it after every stroke, creating the reflex of the board and gaining speed.
2018 - New Balsa Wood Construction
Introducing the strong, crisp and fresh looking balsa technology – leading the way for a newer eco-friendly construction within the industry.
2018 - Starboard Receives The First Ever Gold Level Eco Board Status By Sustainable Surf
Our Carbon Balsa technology made Starboard the 1st SUP brand to mass-produce a Gold Level EcoBoard SUP. Achieved whilst working closely with Sustainable Surf, sourcing eco-conscious and innovative materials, from responsible supply chains.
2020 - The True Winner
Our prepreg carbon blade technology featured in in the 2020 Lima became the world’s lightest paddle strat at only 360 grams.
2019 - Own an Olympic IQ Foil Class
Our high-performance hydrofoil boards offer exciting races above water, while innovative technology and captivating race formats attracts enthusiasts, aiming to revive windsurfing’s vibrant presence worldwide.
2019 - Officially introduce Wing Foiling
We tested the concept back in 2011 and with the introduction of foiling, we officially introduced it as a sport in 2019.
2020 - Wins SUPConnect Best Brand of the Year award
“It’s all about building local communities, getting kids on board, seeing our sport blossom from the first paddle stroke while aspiring towards future Olympic medals” Svein Rasmussen
2021 - Wins SUPConnect Best Brand of the Year award
Starboard has won a ton of awards, including the coveted SUP Connect 2021 Brand of the Year – making Starboard the winner 2 years in a row.
2022 - Wins SUPConnect Best Brand of the Year award
"When choosing Brand of the Year we take many things into consideration. We look at product quality, community outreach, relationships with dealers and more. This is the 3rd straight year, Starboard once again stood out above the rest. Starboard continues to innovate and invest in the sport coming out with new products every year and also supporting not only many of the world’s best athletes but also supporting athletes on the local level. Starboard has also been working hard over the years on making their production one that is environmentally friendly." SUPConnect Magazine
2022 - The iCON Technology wins Best Tech of the Year award
First inflatable board with concaves in the market. Another Starboard innovation.
2023 - Patented Air Foil Technology
Patented inflatable foil board technology. Once you are up and flying, you will not even notice that you are standing on an inflatable board!