Starboard Futura 122

Apr 27, 2010

Starboard Futura 122
V: 122 L: 245 W: 72

The ride: More so than other boards, the Futura has the ability to morph from a progressional first-timer’s shortboard into a surprisingly quick board that is comparable to Starboard’s iSonic slalom board range. We were given the less expensive and slightly heavier Technora version and were still blown away by its performance. The Futura provides a wide platform that is very stable as it accelerates. It speeds up at a controlled pace allowing progressing sailors to easily find the footstraps in the inboard position. The outboard position is aggressive and much more difficult to get into, but it’s here that you’ll be able to do the trim work to get the Futura to break free and reach full speed. One of the most amazing things about the Futura is that it rides smoothly at slow speeds, yet in the outboard straps has the race like trait of riding smoother the harder you push it. Unlike most of the other boards in the test, the Futura uses a Tuttle fin box which is great for speed-seekers who will put in a pure slalom fin but makes for finding recreational shape fins slightly harder.

The jibe: Most boards with as much speed potential as the Futura prefer an aggressive weight forward jibe. But we found the Futura to turn very well off the tail and with technique that takes a lot less commitment to perfect. So long as you keep on the rail it will move across chop smoothly and have power to plane out at speed.

The forte: With the Futura it’s like you’re getting two boards in one. Buy this board as your learning to get into the straps and then once comfortable move the straps outboard and go pass all your buddies.


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