The Starboard Touring 12'6" x 31" PineTek 2018 comes with
Specifications of the 2018 Starboard Touring 12'6" x 31" PineTek are:
The 2018 Starboard Touring 12'6" x 31" Pine Tek paddleboard rewards paddlers of up to 110kg with the most stable touring SUP offered by this World leading brand. Extremely rewarding paddle and confidence inspiring, this superbly shaped Stand Up Paddleboard covers distances, whether short or long with real ease.
The 2018 Starboard Touring 12'6 x 31" is very predictable underfoot due to its width and use of a bottom shape similar to that of the most successful race paddleboard in history, the Starboard Allstar. This mono-concave bottom has a deep centre channel which funnels water smoothly from the nose to the tail, generating good amounts of lift and speed. A chambered rail edge also aids stability and tracking which is further enhanced by a sharp nose with the slightest nose rocker - giving a 'locked in' feeling and mesmerising smooth parting of the water. The tail of the Starboard Touring 12'6 x 31" has Starboard's V-tail design which maximises release and glide by reducing drag in this critical area. The fin which is included with this paddleboard is the superb Dol-fin 22 in the all new Bio Resin Balsa Core technology - ensuring reliable tracking and adding stability.
For 2018 the volume of the rails has been increased creating a deeper standing area and increases stability. The deck of the Starboard Touring 12'6 x 31" is equipped with bungee tie downs on the forward and aft sections to carry extra gear and multiple FCS inserts for installing a action camera like a Muvi or GoPro.
Watching water interact with the nose of the Starboard Touring 12'6" is just mesmerising, it has a quality which just see's the water gently peel out of the way, almost encouraging you to paddle on and on. The best bit though is this translates into ease of performance, so much so that you just cover distances in no time. Starboard SUP's design team have squeezed just the right amount of their learning from producing race winning boards, into a thoroughly usable Touring SUP.
While Starboard SUP offer some of the best paddleboard shapes in the world, they also offer these innovative designs in pretty much every possible 'flavour' of construction known to man. This paddleboard is offered in Starboard Pine Tek construction - a beautiful . At the heart of Pine Tek construction is 15 kg/m3 fused, precision moulded Cellcore, selected for its strength and water resistance qualities. To this Starboard then add multiple layers of high grade fibreglass wetted out in an industry leading full plant based Bio Resion infusion which maintains this boards superior performance while maintaining a low impact on the environment. To this, 100% PEFC certified and sustainably sourced Australian Pine high density 500kg/m3 Pine veneer of 0.6mm is added. Although beautiful the eye, the Biaxial Pine forms an outer layer on the entire deck for extra impact resistance, rigidity and improved overall hull integrity. The standing area of this Starboard SUP then has a 0.6mm uni-directional, Australian Pine wood layer added for extra deck impact resistance and rigidity. The rails of the Starboard Pine Tek construction also really stand out, high grade woven Carbon Innegra with impregnated paint pigment wraps the entire rails for maximum impact resistance and hull strength (they also look stunning alongside the Pine Veneer). All inserts such as fin boxes and handle have added reinforcements. Finally a 3/4 deck pad with crocodile skin texture is added, giving great grip underfoot in the wet. Interestingly for 2018, Starboard SUP have introduced inverted EVA deck pads to avoid waste, thus every second board will have a reverse colour combination from what is featured.
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