Starboard Kode 94

Apr 27, 2010

Starboard Kode 94
V: 94 L: 237 W: 62.5

The ride: Introduced last year, the Kode is the freestyle wave board that Starboard fans have been waiting for. It can be used for cruising flatwater, skying off chop or swell and even dabbling into freestyle aerials and waves if need be. It’s wider than most for its volume giving it stability while it accelerates, but in the wood carbon construction it accelerates so quickly an inexperienced rider may have trouble keeping up (progressional riders may benefit from the less expensive Technora or wood constructions). For more advanced riders this quick acceleration gets you up and planing in the smallest gust and keeps you planing through huge holes. This is one of the few small boards tested whose controlled ride lets you keep putting the sails power to the board through choppy water. This much speed turns chop into launch ramps where its lightness underfoot inspires you to try new things. The Starboard footstraps have improved but the large amount of spacing between each insert makes strap-width customization difficult.

The jibe: It takes commitment to come into a jibe with all the speed the Kode has and in choppy waters… but have faith as the Kode treats you right. It slices through chop and holds its rail better than we expected. Once you realize what it’s capable of you’ll start bringing your weight more forward and rip through jibes at a speed that will shock you.

The forte: The Kode will add a bit of speed and excitement to your day of sailing. We would define this as an ideal board for bump-and-jump sailors who want to accentuate the “jump” part of their sailing and then rail through the “bumps” with smooth tight turns.


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