AIR IN THE BOARD – WIND IN THE SAIL
The innovative inflatable windsurfing board, capable of full planing and real carve jibing.
With the new Woven Technology, the 2020 AirPlanes are 1.8kg lighter and stiffer than ever. It’s a new level of inflatable board performance.
THE AIRPLANE AT A GLANCE
Double-layer, low-extension woven drop-stitch Fusion welded technology adds stiffness, improves durability with a higher resistance to puncture, improves shape stability over time and reduces weight. New improved efficency and reduced drag ensure easier planing. Enclosing the AirPlane’s rear fin box permanently in the board streamlines the bottom shape, which improves early planing and top end speed. The new box is glued in place and no longer removable, which also makes the board easier to set up.
THE AIRPLANE IN DETAIL
Up to 2kg lighter // Extra Stiff.
HEATED AND BONDED FOR LIFE
MECHANICAL BOND = STRENGHT + DURABILITY
Glue is never forever.
Starboards’ welding technique turns two into one – using heat to bond two separate pieces of PVC into a single solid unit. Heat-welded PVC creates a mechanical bond that’s stronger, lasts longer – and is better for the environment.
FULL POWER PLANING
The Starboard invention that created the planing inflatable windsurfing board segment. A proprietary 3D elastomer compound rail edge runs along the rails of the board, creating a hard edge that allows for a clean water release and higher speed, yet fold and roll up. We’ve improved the Rail Edge to improve grip while carve jibing.
To make the mast insert system extra safe and strong, we insert it from underneath the board. A deck plate distributes the top load over a large area for added stiffness.
Starboard’s exclusive footstrap insert system uses 7mm thin insert plates that are glued to the board’s surface. The footstraps bolt into the embedded brass plate and two male pins connect through the footstrap for a twist-free fitting.
REMOVABLE CENTER FIN
All models have a removable center fin box. Remove the box for an improved paddling experience without the added weight or drag. Attach the box and supplied Drake Shallow center fin to prevent the board from drifting sideways when windsurfing.
The rocker has been adjusted to provide the right combination of lift, glide and manoeuvrability. All boards come in 6″ thickness.
V8 DOUBLE ACTION PUMP
All boards are supplied with our benchmark V8 Double Action pump. Inflate your board faster and easier with continuous pumping cycles in both down and upward action. Turn the switch and it becomes a single action pump for easy inflation to 18 PSI. Always inflate between 15 and 18 PSI for maximum stiffness and performance.
WHOPPER SCHOOL EDITION
Learning on an inflatable adds safety and fun. And beginners just can’t break the nose no matter how many times you fall over, because it’s inflatable. Starboard’s Whopper School Edition even maximizes value for schools by removing the bag and pump from the price. It’s our favourite board to teach windsurfing on and enjoy Stand Up Paddling. Highly recommended for school and centres. The new shape replaces the previous shape that was based on the AirPlane 290. This shape has more glide and is SUP friendly, great for schools when it’s not windy and to enjoy a SUP session.
LOOKING FOR A SAIL?
The Starboard SUP Windsurfing sails are a great addition to any beginner, leisure Windsurfing or SUP board. It is light, powerful and an excellent choice for entry level windsurfers because of its versatility and durability.
It’s my favourite board because you can be relaxed when you use it. It’s a big board, but so easy to use. I can go really fast and I don’t feel like I’m going fast – it feels just the same as when I’m cruising around.
In the picture; Albert is pushing the board during a back loop attempt in Australia.
For every board sold, we plants a mangrove in the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park, absorbing one ton of CO2 over 20 years. Learn more >
PLASTIC OFFSET PROGRAM
Buy a board and we collect an equivalent of 200 plastic bags from beaches through our Plastic Offset Program. Learn more >
|Model||AIRPLANE 242||AIRPLANE 255||AIRPLANE 290||AIRPLANE WHOPPER SCHOOL EDITION 10'0x35"x6"|
|Volume||201 l||229 l||290 l||314 l|
|Length||242 cm||255 cm||290 cm||305 cm|
|Width||72 cm||78 cm||90 cm||89 cm|
|Fins||Drake Freeride Power 40 + Shallow 22||Drake Freeride Power 42 + Shallow 22||Drake Freeride Power 41 + Dagger board||Drake Shallow 22 + Dagger board|
|Fin Boxes Starlite||Tuttle Fast Box + Removable US box||Tuttle Fast Box + Removable US box||Tuttle Fast Box + Removable US box||US box|
|Sail Range||2.0 - 8.5 m2||2.0 - 8.5 m2||2.0 - 9.5 m2||2.0 - 7.0 m2|
|Weight||7.9 kg||9.15 kg||14.05 kg||12.6 kg|