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Wood Technology
Wood Technology was introduced in 1984 by Jean Louis Colmas in New Caledonia, a technology then only used in custom production. Starboard transferred it to mass-production in 1995 shocking the market with boards weighing 1.0 kg lighter than the competition. American Windsurfer says: "The most impressive construction we saw was the wood veneer found on some Starboards. According to our weight and ding tests, Starboard managed to marry low-weight - as low as any board of its size - with ding resistance almost comparable to that of boards with thermoformed skins".

The 0.6 mm Australian pine is exceptional as it combines properties in a unique way: the wood is inherently unidirectional and low in resin absorption, as well as remarkably strong and stiff in compression - conventional laminates such as carbon and glass lack this quality. Furthermore, wood exhibits high dynamic strength and exceptional impact resistance. The relatively high thickness of the wood laminate multiplies even further its strength, stiffness and ding resistance qualities.

The wood laminate is combined with military grade glass, carbon, and an Airex sandwich core brought from the aerospace industry. Dyneema is used to reinforce areas of the board subjected to heavy impacts as a means to further increase durability.

Wood Construction
Acid Wood Construction model (double sandwich)

D-RAM Technology
The Dyneema Reinforced Airex Model construction is a sandwich construction described as "bullet-proof" by the US magazine Windsurfing. Using an Airex sandwich core combined with military grade glass, D-RAM boards feature the use of wood under the heels for impact resistance as well as Dyneema in impact-exposed areas of the board. Dyneema is a fiber engineered to provide a remarkably high specific strength and high impact energy absorption properties. The fibers are manufactured in a unique gel-spinning process that align the molecule chains into a parallel orientation. The resulting strength, high elongation-to-break ratio and a sonic velocity of over 10km/s combine to give a sandwich laminate capable of absorbing high levels of impact energy. Dyneema is used by the US Department of Defense in their bulletproof vests for ballistic energy absorption.

Our aim is to create the lightest yet strongest possible construction for each of our models.

The wood Formula boards have a Formula finish which saves 3-500 grams. This is following the request from our top Formula sailors, including Wojtek Brzozowski who believes its more important to have the lightest race construction rather than a cosmetically perfect board.

D-RAM Construction
Acid D-RAM Construction model (double sandwich)

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