2011 Starboard Futura
The Futuras' impossible combination of maximum performance with the easiest and most stable shape made it the simple choice. Impossible engineering made possible: the Starboard Futura.
$1,649.00 — $2,339.00
Hand’s down this is the best freeride board we have ridden.
he 2011 Futuras are a highly refined lineup of very fast freeride boards that are easily accessible for intermediates, yet possess tremendous speed, control and a wide wind range for advanced and expert sailors alike. These wide, thin shapes provide great stability for an easy transition into the foot straps, quick planing, acceleration, and confidence inspiring jibing performance.
New for 2011
Developed in parallel with the 2011 iSonics, the new Futura 4G benefits from the same upgrades: Harder rail edges in the tail With harder rails, the board releases from the water cleaner and quicker: this increases top speed, enables quicker acceleration in gusts, improves earlier planing and improves the board’s ability to maintain top speed in lulls.
Very Deep Deck Concaves. By using very deep deck concaves, the level of control is maximized. The pivot point between sail and board is kept as low as possible. The center of gravity of the board is also lowered further to minimize undesired swing weight. These very deep deck concaves also break the aerodynamic suction effect that often lifts the nose out of control in high winds. Last but not least, the gap between the sail and deck is eliminated and the mast track can be moved back to improve top end speed without compromising control. Note the very deep deck concaves require the boom to be set about 2cm higher than your normal setting. New Drake Venom fins, designed by C3. Amazing glide, unlimited acceleration, easier jibing.
Wind magazine says:
“On the water: The Starboard Futura 122 is the magic board of the test group, the one board that every tester loves without even trying. It truly is the quintessential “plug and play freeracer”. Its generous volume allows it to carry bigger sails and heavier riders. And during its immediate take off into planing, the excellence and efficiency of the supplied fin becomes obvious. The accomplished ergonomic shape of the deck comfortably fits the arches of the rider’s feet, contributing to the success of this very comfortable board. Control is no issue as the board effortlessly stays on course, leaving it up to the rider to change trajectory to wherever he pleases. It’s a board that doesn’t lose control despite its high performance. Its composed feel will let you think you are taking it easy at times, while head-to-head testing really shows that the Starboard is the fastest of the test group. Regardless of angle or surface conditions, the Futura will conquer the competition. Gybing is also excellent in terms of stability and exit speed.
Verdict: Super versatile range of use, high performance combined with accessibility, the Starboard Futura gets all the ingredients of an accomplished freeracer right. Because of its accessibility and performance, it was the test crew’s favourite.