|Richy getting a feel for the new Starboard 14' x 28" Race - Coast Runner|
We received our first of Starboard's new 14' x 28" Race - Coast Runner. Very excited to get the board in the water after reading all the rave reviews from around the world, we headed up to Zinkwazi Lagoon. Warranted the ideal place to test the board would have been in the sea. But with a 3.5m swell running the open ocean was not an option.
|The 14' x 28" Ocean Runner & 12'6" x 29.5"Race|
As this was not meant to be a serious review we did not organise other 14"ers to test against. But we did have a trusty 12'6" x 29.5" Starboard Race to compare it against. As we all know that the Starboard's 12'6" series boards are very quick and the 14' just felt leagues ahead.
There are distinct similarities between these two boards, and at first the 14' looks like a slightly stretched out version of the 12'6".
|The 14' - bred from the same race winning stock.|
There are some some noticeable differences between the 2 boards. The area between your feet is slightly raised ensuring that no water sits in the sunken in deck. There is also seems to be slightly more volume in the nose as the deck is not as flat as the 12ft and is rolled more. This could be because the nose area is narrower, and the board thickness could be the same.
|The 14' has more nose rocker than the 12'6"|
|The 14' just looks sleek ..and mean!|
As always Starboard have not stuck to the traditional surfboard type shapes for their race boards and have loaded the volume in the tail of the board. This makes the board very forgiving and your positioning forward or back not as critical as other boards I have paddled. I noticed as Richard paddled the board there is almost no wake at the back of the board, even when he was standing too far back. This is obviously where that volume comes into play.
|The Coast Runner is surprisingly agile.|
Step on the tail, ok after a little shuffle back down the board, and the Coast Runner turn easily. The buoyant tail brings the board back out the water quickly the moment you move forward. The board is stable and I think I will be fairly comfortable in a choppy sea.
|Its not the sea but the against the wind its great.|
All that's left now is to take the board into the sea, and even do some down winds. This is not my area of expertise and I will have to leave it to the pro's to get an accurate assessment of the board. But as a first impression the board looks & feels amazing. We will keep you up to date on any further tests and feedback we get.