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.