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Christos is a passionate diver, enthusiastic paddler & amateur SUP racer.

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One of the oldest and most well-respected brands on the market Starboard prides itself on creating excellent products. Starting back in 1994 with revolutionary windsurfing boards, Starboard now manufactures the best quality SUP, kitesurf, windsurf, and surfboards and are a leader in the watersports industry.

Pioneers from the beginning Starboard were originally recognized due to their light and legendary wood sandwich construction. Today, the brand is one of the most environmentally friendly brands committed to reducing their carbon footprint at every point of their production. Shifting 100% of their global production to approved plant-based, low/zero VOCs, epoxy resin systems, and materials they have transformed all their products into eligible ECOBOARD Project labels.

Starboard offers a range of iSUPs made for a variety of levels, from beginner to experienced paddle boarders, including specialized iSUPs for yoga and kids. With high-quality products from the boards to the accessories, these boards are ideal for people looking to venture into the world of paddle boarding.

With a wide range of various water sports products and boards, here we will focus on the Starboard inflatable paddle boards and associated accessories.

Check out our Featured Starboard Paddle Boards

The Starboard Touring Deluxe Double Chamber SUP Board is a fast and maneuverable inflatable paddle board for paddlers that are at an intermediate level who are looking to advance their skill level. Indicated in the name this board is best for touring, however, it is very fast, picking up speed quickly, and easily maneuverable.

With high innovative design and winning 8 out of the 10 gold medals at ISA SUP Worlds in the last 5 years, there’s no doubt that this board is high quality and worth the slightly higher price. One of the factors that make this Starboard iSUP stand out amongst the competitors is the double-chamber technology used in its design. This guarantees durability, stability, buoyancy, and most importantly safety when venturing out further from shore.

The Starboard Touring Deluxe Double Chamber SUP Board is durable, sturdy, and maneuverable on the water. An ideal choice for intermediate to advanced paddlers this board can handle all types of water and is excellent for both short and long distances. The added accessories make this board an excellent choice for anyone looking to improve their paddle boarding skills or those after a more high-end paddle board.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: Intermediate/experienced/touring/travelers
  • Material: 3K Carbon compression with woven drop stitching
  • Volume: 328 liters
  • Capacity: 240 lbs
  • Dimensions: 12’ 6” x 30” x 6”
  • Weight: 24.2 pounds
  • Recommended Inflation- internal: 10 PSI
What we like:
  • Handles all water conditions
  • State of the art, sustainable materials used in production of board
  • Ideal for intermediate and advanced paddle boarders
  • Great for practicing balance and control on the water
  • Top of the range brand
What we don’t like:
  • Weight capacity only up to 240lbs

The Starboard Vision inflatable SUP board is a stable, lightweight board for paddlers that want to do more than just splash around in front of the beach. As the name suggests, the window in the board gives a view of the waters below, making this SUP appeal to explorers.

It’s incredibly large width of 38 inches makes this board one of the most stable in the Starboard iSUP collection and perfect for more than one rider. Yogis will also appreciate the extra surface area.

The underwater viewing window gives this board a unique design and makes it amazing for seeing under the waves and chops.

The Starboard Vision iSUP has a high weight capacity meaning that it’s ideal for families and riders can bring children, another passenger or even a dog.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: Beginners/intermediate/touring/travelers
  • Material: single layer linear knitted drop stitch, heat welded rails, and 2000D galvanized rails
  • Volume: 370 liters
  • Capacity: 285 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11’2” x 38” x 6”
  • Weight: 24 lbs
  • Recommended Inflation: 15 PSI
What we like:
  • Underwater viewing window
  • Very wide making it super stable
  • Full-length EVA deck pad
  • Top of the range brand
  • Lightweight board, perfect for transporting
What we don’t like:
  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t include paddle
  • Not as fast on the water as other Starboard iSUPs

The Starboard iGo Zen (ZDC) board is lightweight and durable, and features a double chamber construction which makes it easier to inflate, more rigid and safer too. The Starboard iGo Zen double chamber is also lighter and more affordable than other boards in this range. As well as using premium quality materials and construction methods, all Starboard iSUPs are extremely environmentally friendly.

There are other construction options for the iGO such as the single chamber, deluxe double chamber, deluxe single chamber and even the option of a windsurf construction, but this review will examine in depth the Starboard iGo Zen double chamber board.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: Beginners/all levels/ recreational
  • Material: single layer linear knitted drop stitch, heat welded rails, and 2000D galvanized rails
  • Volume: 330 liters
  • Capacity: 265 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’8” x 33” x 5.5”
  • Board Weight: 22 lbs
  • Package Weight: 35 lbs
What we like:
  • Good price/quality ratio, budget-friendly
  • Wider tail increasing stability
  • Environmentally friendly product/materials
  • Double chamber option for added safety
  • Top of the range brand
What we don’t like:
  • Not as fast on the water as other Starboard iSUPs
  • Less responsive than the Deluxe construction Starboard iGo model

Starboard SUP Board Accessories

Starboard Paddle Boards Accessories

The Starboard SUP package is the real deal for paddle boarding. It comes with an amazing Lima Tufskin paddle, a lightweight safety leash, a dual-chamber pump, and a very durable backpack for transporting the SUP board.

  • Paddle: The package includes a 3 piece adjustable hybrid carbon Lima Tufskin paddle. This paddle is strong and durable, perfect for whitewater paddling. The paddle also features one of the most ergonomically comfortable handles on the market. Starboard has many good quality paddles such as the Lima or Enduro Paddle.
  • Leash: A lightweight safety leash weighing only 70g is included in the pack. Made from Yulex instead of neoprene, it has an 80% smaller carbon footprint
  • Pump: A tiki pump offering double and single action high-pressure pump with a built-in manometer. Also built from upcycled materials, this new pump is 10% more efficient than the previous model
  • Backpack: A Starboard Re-cover bag made from upcycled plastic bottles that are made into a strong 450D material. This bag features padded rucksack straps and a set of wheels for easy transportation.
Further Optional Accessories from Starboard
  • Starboard Lima Paddle
  • Starboard Enduro Paddle
  • Starboard Armacore Fin
  • Starboard Net Positive Fin
  • Starboard Coil Race Leash
  • Starboard Surf Leash
  • Starboard V8 double action pump

About the Starboard SUP Company

One of the oldest and most well-respected brands on the market Starboard prides itself on creating excellent products. Starting back in 1994 with revolutionary windsurfing boards, Starboard now manufactures the best quality SUP, kitesurf, windsurf, and surfboards and are a leader in the watersports industry

Starboard Features

Most of the Starboard iSUPs come with innovative double-chamber technology which increases the stiffness of the board as well as the safety, this makes them some of the safest paddle boards on the market. Thanks to this technology the Starboard Touring Deluxe Double Chamber SUP Board has even been certified by the US Coast Guard as an official flotation device. In addition to the safety, the stiffness, or rigidness, of the boards is improved due to the second chamber, this makes them incredibly similar to the traditional hardboard paddle boards.

Each Starboard iSUP comes with a series of added accessories. They all include a high-quality pump, two-way shoulder straps, and plenty of bungee straps and D-rings for adding extra accessories, mounting cameras, or carrying gear. The two-in-one shoulder strap doubles as a paddle holder, making it very easy to transport when inflated to and from any body of water. Each board has a high-quality EVA kick pad on the back of the board that aids when making pivot turns and moving the board on the water.

The incredible technology used in each Starboard provides high-quality and durable products. Every Starboard inflatable paddle board features heat-welded rails creating airtight, bonded seams which don’t risk weakening over time. These make each board stronger and last longer. Along with the heat welding, each paddle board is made with woven drop stitching technology which works to reduce stretch, holding tension, and adding to the overall stiffness of the boards.

Starboard paddle boards are lightweight, durable, and sturdy, making them perfect for paddle boarders of all levels and excellent quality for mid-range prices. As well as their incredible manufacturing Starboard iSUPs all include excellent high-quality accessories tailored to each board.

Why we recommend Starboard SUP Boards

There are many reasons that we recommend Starboard iSUPs. High-quality materials and the use of unique, innovative technology is what makes Starboard stand out amongst the competition. These boards are stable, reliable, and durable.

With a wide range of paddle boards, Starboards have a board for everyone’s needs, from children to racers, multi-person boards, and touring boards. Their boards are world-famous for having won prizes in many tournaments, and their boards have been continuously named some of the ‘best paddle boards’ on the market.

Starboards are environmentally friendly as the company has significantly reduced its carbon footprint. With each board sold a small percentage goes to planting mangroves, collecting plastic in the ocean, and helping make the oceans cleaner.

Overall Starboard provides excellent quality boards for all levels and their range of iSUPs is one of the best on the market when it comes to durability, value, and performance.

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Starboard SUP Boards

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    How long does it take to inflate a Starboard inflatable SUP board?

    The Starboard Inflatable SUP boards can be inflated and deflated in under 10 minutes. Double chamber paddle boards inflate faster and are slightly less demanding.

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    Where are Starboard boards made?

    The Starboard Inflatable SUPboards are made in Bangkok, Thailand

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    What do the Starboard inflatable SUP boards come with?

    The Starboard InflatableSUP Boards come with a Lima Tufskin paddle, fin, leash, pump, and backpack.

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    Are the Starboard inflatable SUP boards covered by warranty?

    The Starboard Inflatable SUP boards are covered by warranty for up to 2 years.

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