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Two of Starboard’s stand up paddle (SUP) lines, Carbon Super Flex and Tikitech, feature a lightweight Divinycell core from DIAB, offering high strength with good flex characteristics.
According to DIAB, a blade with good flex allows you to paddle longer and harder without getting tired. “Frankly speaking, we are a bit paranoid about being ahead of the game,” said Mathieu Rauzier, Nautical Architect and R&D Manager at Starboard. “We introduced full sandwich carbon boards four years ago and already the weight savings are up to 3 kg or well over 6 pounds. The impact that weight has on how your board rides is tremendous.”
“We’ve been working with Starboard for nearly two years now,” said Miss Cheeraporn Wongchaiphanit at DIAB. “Being able to offer local stock and support is of course a huge plus. But our relationship goes even further back with a number of Starboard staff and our staff having worked together at another water sports company. So basically, you can call us friends.”
“DIAB’s mission and vision are parallel to our company’s,” agreed Mathieu Rauzier. “We both strive to bring innovation and motivation to the world of water. And get more people to live the Tiki Life, which is our motto.”
Photo provided by DIAB.
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