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Test of carve 80 by windsurfing mag USA.

Looks like it's the best liked hi wind freeride board in the test.

Starboard Carve 80
Sail Range : 4.2 - 6.5
Optimal Sail Sizes : 5.0 - 6.0
Weight : 15.25 lb.
Length : 250.3 cm
Volume : 80 L
Included : Straps, pads, fin
Price : $1,325.00

EXPERT SAILOR :

In a pinch, the 80 goes down the line and jumps well in onshore conditions. The chamfered rails add bite and smoothly hold in bottom turns. It easily doubles as a freestyle board with quick acceleration, a light feel and plenty of stability, and a wide uncluttered deck. Bump sailors will like its loose, forgiving ride.

ADVANCED SAILOR

SPEED :
Setting the straps in the outboard positions gives the 80 a slalom-oriented ride. Remains controllable through even the roughest of water.

JIBING :
Double-concave-bottom-to-vee acts as turning panels. Chamfered rails smooth chop and stabilize water flow when setting a rail. Outline is smooth with a subtle pull in the tail, allowing for sharp high-speed jibes.

BUMP AND JUMP :
Controllable at speed and in the air and excels for planing tricks and transitions. Wide and well balanced for a confidence-inspiring ride.

RANGE :
Inset and outset strap options enhance its already broad range of uses. Easily handles wave, freestyle and camless slalom sails.

FREE-RIDE SAILOR :
The 80 is all about control. The single/double-to-vee bottom make it smooth through chop. The deck is wide, creating stability for heavy footwork and early planing. The chamfered rails really work! They allow a smooth water flow across the bottom at high speeds and especially in the turns.

COMMENTS :
Starboard?s 80 best suits sailors looking for one board that can do it all. It has plenty of strap options and can handle a large range of sails. Novices to experts found the 80 plenty exciting and incredibly controllable in all situations.




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