RIO

Small (196 L)     Medium (219 L)    Large (259 L)

THE EASY CHOICE

The go-to board for entry level windsurfing and schools.

Available Technologies
ArmourTech
School Edition

KEY FEATURES

THE RANGE

We consolidated the Rio and Rio Long Tail into one range with three sizes: S, M and L. They have long outlines with parallel rails and wide shoulders for more glide, more directional traction and more stability. The combination of a long tail design with bat-wings, thick boxy rails, low nose rocker and a flat deck make it glide better than a conventional beginner board yet with more stability.

CONTOURED DECK SHAPE

With the contoured deck shape the board remains the easiest board in the world to get into the footstraps. Thanks to this as the rider progresses and moves back on the board, windsurfing faster and with more and more power in the sail, the feet line up naturally with the inboard footstrap positions.

LONG TAIL DESIGN

The Rio features a long tail design. It allows the board to transition easy and smooth into planing without having to overcome technical difficulties. The long tail design also allows for better glide in light wind conditions.

UNIQUE FOR THE RIO LONG TAIL

With added area behind the fin box, the Rios not only plane earlier, they also won’t tilt up as they transition on to the plane: there’s no longer the need to learn the tricky technique of overcoming this hump. This is unique to the Rio Long Tail and allows the rider to get planing incredibly smoothly, like magic.

It’s an amazing experience to get planing without first having to learn how. The board simply accelerates and accelerates and the rider finds himself naturally planing in the right position.

BAT WINGS

The extra wide section of the tail is relatively thin, forming what we call Bat Wings, first used in the Phantoms. This width also helps improve glide and directional traction by allowing the designers to draw more parallel lines. It also creates more planing power.

RETRACTABLE DAGGER

Retractable dagger board that clicks in and out without tools. Use the daggerboard for more balance and to go upwind easier. Remove for more speed and control in planing conditions. Fitted with Starboard’s Clipperbox system with easily replaceable and ultra durable lips and a new daggerboard with integrated handle for carrying the board under-arm.

LOW NOSE PROFILE

The wide nose of the Rios combined with their boxy rails improves stability and allows to have a flat deck area around the mast track for easier uphauling and light wind sailing.

Also feature an integrated nose carry and tail carry handle to allow the board to be carried by two people instead of one.

FULL EVA DECK

A large soft EVA grip on the deck make the board comfortable and safe. You get the grip without the cuts or rashes. There is no EVA in the nose where the boom tends to drag across. The Rios feature multiple footstraps inserts positions to allow for every level of sailing, from beginner, to intermediate and advanced. They’re also fitted with the next generation of matching Drake footstraps, which feature size indicator tabs for easy size adjustments.

SHALLOW 41

The Rios are supplied with a Drake Shallow fin. This compact fin delivers as much power and directional traction as possible in the shortest fin. The ideal fin for learning.

THE ARMOUR TECH TECHNOLOGY

The Rios are available in our extremely tough and durable ArmourTech construction, for maximum durability and value. This technology uses layers of three-dimensional glass mat wetted out with an expanding epoxy resin system that creates volume within the skin as it cures under pressure and adds an ASA skin shell on top.

THE SCHOOL EDITION TECHNOLOGY

The School Edition is identical to the ArmourTech but finished in all white for easier repairs over time. Recommended for windsurfing clubs and schools.

LOOKING FOR A SAIL?

The Starboard SUP Windsurfing sails are a great addition to any beginner and progression board. It is light, powerful and is an excellent choice for entry level windsurfers because of its versatility and durability.

PERFORMANCE

EARLY PLANING
EASE OF USE
MANEUVERABILITY
STABILITY
WIND RANGE
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SPECIFICATIONS

ModelsRio S Rio M Rio L
TechnologiesArmourTech | School EditionArmourTech | School EditionArmourTech | School Edition
Volume196 l219 l259 l
Length295 cm308 cm333 cm
Width79 cm81.5 cm87 cm
Tail Width54.2 cm55.7 cm60.8 cm
Thickness13.7 cm13.9 cm14.1 cm
Bottom ShapeFlat Vee to Double ConcaveFlat Vee to Double ConcaveFlat Vee to Double Concave
Footstraps Rows333
FinDrake Shallow 31Drake Shallow 41Drake Shallow 41
Recommended Fin31 cm41 cm41 cm
Finbox Tuttle 3 HolesTuttle 3 HolesTuttle 3 Holes
Fin Range31 - 41 cm31 - 41 cm31 - 41 cm
Sail Range2.0 - 9.5 m22.0 - 9.5 m22.0 - 9.5 m2
Weight ArmourTech16.6 kg18.7 kg20.5 kg
Weight School Edition16.6 kg18.7 kg20.5 kg