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 - Introduce Short & Wide Freeboard
Introducing the world’s first short and wide freeride board. Numbers of sailing days per year was everything. Making boards wider would lead to more fun days on the water.
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
2011 - Our First Inflatable Paddle Board is Instroduced
The comfort of travelling with an inflatable board was introduced by Starboard to the market in the year 2011. The innovation of being able to pack your SUP in a rucksack revolutionized the industry from one day to the other.
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.
2014 - Double Chamber Technology is Introduced
Necessity drives innovation. The construction introduced to comply with ocean rescue regulations quickly became the stiffest and safest construction for all of Starboard’s inflatable boards. With time it became an industry standard across all brands.
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
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
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.