Starboard Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Construction

Starboard SUP offer the world’s most comprehensive collection of Stand Up Paddleboards that feature an incredible range of shapes in both inflatable and hard shell paddleboards covering every conceivable category of the SUP world. If you’re a newcomer searching for a paddleboard and are interested in the Starboard SUP range then the number of shapes and construction on offer can be a little bewildering. So at The SUP Company we have used our experience to narrow down Starboard SUP's huge selection to the most popular models. If you would like something that you cannot see, then it is always worth sending an email as we have a price match guarantee.

Starboard SUP inflatable range of paddleboards is called the Astro range. The Starboard Astro range is further broken down into two categories - the Deluxe and the Zen. We have choosen to focus on the Zen paddleboards from the Astro range as they are highly durable, suit the broadest range of riders and represent great value for money.

Read on to learn what makes Starboard SUP inflatable paddleboards so great.


Starboard - Dropstich

Drop Stitched Polyester when done right, is a pretty amazing material. The process starts by joining two pieces of polyester woven support fabric with thousands of fine polyester thread lengths. This base material is made in strips from five to ten feet in width, and up to 400 needle heads may be used in the setup. Each needle sews a continuous, evenly spaced thread, back and forth between the two pieces of woven fabric, locking them together into an incredibly strong unit. As the paddleboard is inflated, the two pieces of fabric part and the threads are pulled tight, giving the inflatable SUP its shape. While drop stitched fabric is common amongst all inflatable SUP's, it is the quality materials of used and use of a non-linear drop stitch that provide the foundation for quality paddleboards. The result for all Starboard Astro Zen paddlboards is that Starboard SUP use a very high quality, bi-axial drop stitched polyester for superb stiffness and strength

Starboard - Welding

Starboard SUP use strong double layer PVC laminates on the deck and the bottom of all Astro Zen inflatable paddleboards. For the layer bonding process Starboard SUP utilise their own advanced gluing system that is very resistant to high heat while giving a superior level of adhesive welding. This results in a very strong bond that creates a very durable paddleboard.

Starboard - Rails

Almost always the rail (edge / sides) can be the weakest point on an inflatable paddleboard. As the rail is where all layers meet and it’s where air pressure loading is at it’s highest. Starboard Astro Zen paddleboards have 2 layers of taping on the rails making them very strong. What Starboard SUP term as their '2+1 Railband' results in an extremely durable rail as they utilise a bi-axial mesh reinforced layer over the entire length of the rail which dramatically reduces any wear that you might experience of the lifetime of the paddleboard.

Starboard - Fins

Starboard Astro Zen inflatable paddleboards in most cases come with a standard thruster fin setup comprising of two smaller outboard fins with a removable deeper centre fin. In this configuration the two smaller fins are permantently fixed to the paddleboard and flexible. These fins aid tracking, making sure your paddleboard stays straight and true while aiding grip when surfing. The centre fin is removable and fits to the paddleboard via an industry standard US fin box. All Starboard Astro Zen SUP's come with black coloured injection moulded fins.

Starboard - Pump

The Starboard Astro V8 Double Action Pump is supplied as standard with all Starboard Astro Zen inflatable paddleboards. The Starboard Astro V8 Double Action Pump allows you to iInflate your paddleboard faster and easier with continuous pumping cycles in both the down and upward action. Then with the flick of a switch, the double action valve pump can convert to single action for easy inflation up to 15-18psi in the shortest amount of time. This means less time pumping and more time paddling your SUP.

Starboard - Bag System

Ease of travelling is one of the benefits that comes from owning an inflatable SUP but it takes the right bag system to make it joyful. All Starboard Astro Zen SUPs come with the Starboard Astro bag system that is designed to make transporting and storing your SUP as easy and comfortable as possible.