242 255 290 WHOPPER SCHOOL EDITION
AIR IN THE BOARD – WIND IN THE SAIL
The innovative inflatable windsurfing board, capable of full planing and full carve jibing.
The AirPlane is the board for those who are looking for mobility, yet want a fun and high performance experience. The boards are for everyone, from the experienced full planing user to the young kids of the sport. It’s light, durable, fast and rolls up into a bag.
– New welding technology for strength and durability –
– Removable centre fin box –
– Permanent enclosed fin box improved top speed and reduces drag –
– Integrated deck plate to improve user-experience –
– Yulex Footstraps. The world’s first footstraps made with natural rubber –
We improved top speed, reduced drag and made the AirPlanes easier to get planing by enclosing the box permanently in the board. It is glued in place and no longer removable, which makes the board easier to set up. The bottom shape in the tail becomes clean and more streamlined which leads to better water release and top speed.
The Airplane has the last few years been a constant technology learning experience on all the possible ways. We have been working on applying new features, and offer year after year the most advanced product in this product segment. This year it is finally time for Welded Seams; a revolutionary upgrade on the life time expectancy like no other brand can offer.
In the picture; Albert is pushing the board during a back loop attempt in Australia.
HEATED AND BONDED FOR LIFE
MECHANICAL BOND = STRENGHT + DURABILITY
Glue is never forever.
Starboard’s new 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.
REMOVABLE CENTER FIN BOX
The two smaller sizes come with a removable center fin box. Remove both box and fin for advanced windsurfing with more speed and less weight. Re-attach when learning or when upwind performance is preferred. The 290 and Whopper School Edition is fitted with a fully-retractable daggerboard system.
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.
DRAKE YULEX FOOTSTRAP & INSERT SYSTEM
7mm thin insert plates 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. Delivered with Drake Slick straps that are partially made from recycled plastic bottles, in partnership with Waste2Wear. Strong and comfortable.
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.
The rocker has been adjusted to provide the right combination of lift, glide and manoeuvrability. All boards come in 6″ thickness.
MAX GHIRETTI. AGE 9
“The Airplane is really easy to go fast on and I can relax on this gear.
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.”
All of our AirPlanes are supplied with our roller-wheeled bag that packs everything away tidily and conveniently.
Made of a RPET 450D outer fabric layer made from recycled plastic bottles, in partnership with Waste2Wear. The bottles are chopped into flakes, washed, melted and extruded into yarns and then spun into a fabric. Between 30 to 50 bottles are used per bag. Bottles that now re-enters the market again, without risk of polluting the environment. Ripstop weaving technology improves wear and tear resistance.
V8 DOUBLE ACTION PUMP
They’re also 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.
|Models||Airplane 242||Airplane 255||Airplane 290|
|Volume||201 l||229 l||290 l|
|Length||242 cm||255 cm||290 cm|
|Width||72 cm||78 cm||90 cm|
|Fin||Drake Freeride Power 40+Drake Shallow 22||Drake Freeride Power 42 + Drake Shallow 22||Drake Shallow 41|
|Finbox||Tuttle Fast Box + Removable US box||Tuttle Fast Box + Removable US box||Tuttle Fast Box|
|Sail Range||2.0 - 8.5 m2||2.0 - 8.5 m2||2.0 - 9.5 m2|
|Weight||9.7 kg||11.0 kg||12.46 kg|