windsurfing planches Starboard 2014 Go
The GO are Starboard’s iconic range of progressive freeriders
They are the original, comfortable, stable and easy all-round designs that have transformed modern windsurfing by making it easy to progress from early-learner to advanced rider.
What’s progressive freeriding? It’s about getting planing, hooking in to the harness, learning to waterstart, learning to windsurf with speed and power and mastering the carve jibe.
The 2014 GOs share the same modern slim shapes as the 2013 Carve range. Wider and slimmer than ever, they enjoy a wider wind range than before. With the extra width comes more stability and earlier planing, and the ability to use bigger sails and deeper fins. With reduced thickness comes a sharper, more race-like sensation and improved control in higher winds.
The GO boards are designed around three key principles: make planing easy, make the ride fast and exciting, and make the handling fun and responsive. Sharing the same shape as the latest slimmer Carves, these new shapes have proven to score almost perfectly in freeride tests:
"The GO is in our opinion the most complete board in the category that will satisfy the struggling beginner just as much as the planing beginner and the expert. It's a board you'll hang on to for several years, with the outstanding feature of a soft EVA deck that will accommodate those who fall a lot. Another important point is that the board will allow you to rig smaller sails than the other boards in the test group, down to a size of 5.5m². The turning radius in a carve can be tight, and the board is more playful than the test group's average, creating a less "guided" feel than the other boards in the group."
PlancheMag Special Test Issue, March/April 2012, France
Design and Performance
Wide outlines coupled with a thinner profile forms for more efficiency:
By making the outlines wider, the boards will have better low-speed stability: this is important when uphauling or completing your jibes for example.
By making the profiles thinner, these wider boards don’t feel big – on the contrary, the lower center of gravity makes the board more responsive to foot- steering, quicker to carve and bite sharper into jibes.
The combination of width and thinness also increases wind range: on one hand, the extra width allows the rider to fit a deeper fin and a larger sail, giving it more light wind power. On the other hand, the low volume from the thin profile allows the board to be more controllable in high winds, using a smaller sail and a smaller fin.
The tail area of the deck remains heavily domed so that the board remains comfortable underfoot, in any strap position and even outside of the straps. The GOs are very accessible and comfortable to ride.
The GO Windsurfer
The GO Windsurfer is the GO 171 with an added daggerboard. This blend gives a unique freeride board that has plenty of width, plenty of volume, an exciting free ride and the ability to glide upwind in light winds.
The Clipperbox Daggerboard system also minimizes the disadvantage of having a daggerboard in a freeride shape: the daggerboard can be clipped out in an instant and the one-way rubber lips system prevents water from gushing through the daggerboard case at high speeds: the board remains light, crisp and free as it skims over the water.
(1) Wide outline for low speed stability, large sail and large fin carrying capability
(2) Thin profile for control, maneuverability and a sharp, exciting ride
(3) Carry handle in the center makes carrying the board under-arm easy
(4) Full soft EVA deck: comfortable for your feet, knees and elbows. You get lots of grip without the cuts or rashes. The EVA deck is raised high above the edges of the board to allow the water to flow freely around the board and carve jibe smoothly without interruption.
(5) Footstraps positions for every level of sailing: beginner, intermediates and advanced.
(6) Carry handle in the nose makes carrying the board by two people more convenient
(7) The 151 and 161 include a center fin-box: Perfect for fitting an extra center fin that makes a beginner’s first steps even easier
(8) Cut-away shapes that account for high top speed and quick acceleration
Both the GO and the GO Windsurfer are available in Tufskin EVA construction
|Construction||Volume||Longueur||Largeur||Poid||Fin box||Fin size||Grandeur de voile|
|Tufskin||141L||251 cm||79.5 cm||10.6 kg||Tuttle||46 cm||6.0 - 9.5|