SLALOM

MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY

The iSonics are back, faster, leaner and more efficient than ever before.

After dominating last season's PWA Slalom 42 tour and currently leading this year's season, the iSonic boards have proven themselves as the pacesetters of modern slalom design. No Starboard development program has been as challenging to the development team as improving on the 2007 models - we've made more than 60 different prototype designs to come up with the goods and have verified them in the widest variety of conditions, as found across Australia, Hawaii, Martinique, Thailand and Vietnam. To top it all off, we've been testing the boards to ensure they work with racers of all abilities and weights, from heavyweight world champions to recreational lightweight riders. Comfortable, easy, extremely efficient and with pacesetting performance at the highest level - this is what the iSonics are all about.


Evolutions of the high-wind models (76, 86, 96)
  • The 2007 iSonics had wide tails, the 2008 iSonic 86 and 96 have even wider tails. With this new wider tail outline, efficiency steps up another gear to provide more speed and more control. With a wider tail comes also more power, quicker acceleration and higher upwind speed: it's easier to overtake to windward and to recover your line after overtaking to leeward.
  • The iSonic 76 is an all new highwind special model, the smallest slalom board of the range. Like the 86 and 96, the iSonic 76 is quite narrow but the wide-tail concept gives it a wider wind range with a more powerful bottom end and better highwind control.
  • Thinner: the profiles of the iSonic highwind models have been thinned down for improved control and razor-sharp responsiveness. The deck area from the front straps forward has been scooped out further on the 86 model for an extra-low centre of gravity.

Evolutions of the medium-to-lightwind models (101, 111, 122, 133, 144)
  • The 2008 iSonic 101, 111, 122 have evolved with a new variant of the wide tail concept: the planing surface is made wider again to provide the efficiency gain but the outline is then pinched back in just ahead of your back foot to ensure that the back-foot power is not overwhelming. This new concept has brought a higher top speed along with quicker acceleration and a more balanced trim.
  • Improved jibing: the new tail outline has also improved jibing in two respects: the acceleration out of the jibe is quicker and the turning response itself is faster.
  • Improved control: with reduced profile-thickness and an exaggerated deck concave, the boards' centre of gravity is lowered for a sharper reaction to rider input and improved control.
  • The iSonic 133 W85 and 144 W85 are two all new models designed for the ultimate in lightwind slalom performance following the PWA's 2008 85cm width limit. The 133 for lightweights, the 144 for heavyweights. Featuring the same new design cues as the 101, 111 and 122, the 133 and 144 also boasts a new "Dual Flat Bottom Concept" that boosts the board's lightwind performance. The "Dual Flat Concept" describes a bottom shape that has two flat sections: one from 0-30cm, the second from 30-70cm. This concept allows these wider boards to glide and ride freer over the water, without any stickiness and without any loss of efficiency.
  • The largest iSonic of all, the iSonic 150, goes beyond the PWA width limit to offer the ultimate in lightwind slalom performance. 93cm wide, extremely slim: the iSonic 150 is the model with the highest efficiency ratio.
Introduced in 1997, the Sonic name is Starboard's longest standing model range. They were the first production boards in the World to take advantage of Wood Technology. The Sonics' 11 year history has seen the evolution of Slalom from the World Cup era, its decline as a discipline, led its resurrection with the HyperSonic before dominating the PWA Slalom 42 tour in 2006.

Summary:
  • Slalom boards designed on maximum efficiency principles
  • 3 high-wind models
  • 3 medium wind models
  • 2 lightwind models
  • 1 speed gun model
The most suitable sail types are pure slalom sails.

Compared to the Futura range, the iSonics are pure slalom boards designed to provide maximum speed. Being shorter and with straps positioned far outboard, they are more technical to ride and requires a higher skill level from the rider to coax the best out of them. The Futuras are more suitable for those looking for a freeride board that provides high performance in a more accessible, plug and play kind of way. Being freeride designs, the Futuras are more comfortable boards with better jibing abilities.


Specifications
Model Volume
(litres)
Length
(cm.)
Width
(cm.)
Tail Width
(cm.)
Weight
Wood (kg.)

Sail range
(Msq)

Fin Fin range
(cm)
Fin box
iSonic 76 76 242 55.0 37.4 5.95 4.5-6.5 Drake Slalom Pro 320 26-36 Tuttle
iSonic 86 86 243 56.5 37.3 5.95 5.0-7.0 Drake Slalom Pro 340 26-38 Tuttle
iSonic 94 94 243 59.0 40.5 6.20 5.2-7.8 Drake Slalom Pro 340 28-40 Tuttle
iSonic 101 101 234 63.5 45.4 6.25 5.5-8.5 Drake Slalom Pro 360 +
Drake Slalom Pro 420
30-44 Tuttle
iSonic 111 111 234 68.5 49.9 6.65 5.8-9.0 Drake Slalom Pro 380 +
Drake Slalom Pro 440
32-48 Tuttle
iSonic 122 122 231 75.0 52.8 7.00 6.0-9.5 Drake Slalom Pro 400 +
Drake Slalom Pro 460
34-50 Deep Tuttle
iSonic 133 133 223 85.0 57.0 7.75 6.5-10.5 Drake Slalom R13
Race NR 520
40-56 Deep Tuttle
iSonic 144 144 225 85.0 57.2 8.20 7.0-11.0 Drake Slalom R13
Race NR 520
40-56 Deep Tuttle
iSonic 150 150 228 93.5 65.1 8.50 7.5-11.5 Drake Slalom R13
Race NR 560
52-62 Deep Tuttle
Wood weights +-5%. Sail ranges and fin are recommended indications.

Starboard windsurfing equipment's technology has proven to win more championships than ever. The innovation and quality gear developed will take your sailing to a new level when you encounter the wind and waves any place any time.