Starboard was founded in 1994 by Svein Rasmussen, a well known racer that entered his first Windsurfer race in 1978. Svein won the Mistral Worlds in 1983, was a Gold medal candidate for the 84 Olympics and spent 10 years on the PWA pro- circuit. He also was the first sailor to win all disciplines in the IFCA Production Board Class Worlds, which he won in 1991. In 1994/95 Starboard developed the unique Wood Technology in co-operation with Jean Louis Colmas from New Caledonia, and were able to produce significantly lighter and stronger boards than any other producers. One of their early concepts were also to make wider, shorter , more user friendly boards, which instantly recognized Starboard as the innovative trendsetter among the board manufacturers.
"The windsurfing world would be a lot less interesting and a lot more difficult without Svein Rasmussen, Starboards founder." American Windsurfer magazine 2/2000.
The company philosophy is simple; To make windsurfing easier, and help more people enjoy the sport, yet still being involved at every level. Starboard is concentrating heavily on the Formula Concept, as windsurfing today is rapidly turning towards fast 'easy to sail' boards. The Starboard Formula boards designed by Jim Drake, Tiesda You and Svein Rasmussen,has over the years been winning more titles than any other and took the 6 first places in the worlds when they were first introduced in 2000.
Jim Drake became the co-creater of windsurfing when he designed, built and sailed the first windsurfer back in 1967. He was also the first man to design an airplane - the X-15 among others - on a computer in 1960. This design set the world speed record for airplanes in 1967 and still after 36 years holds the world speed record for any airplane manned or unmanned.
Rasmussen-Drake creations such as the revolutionary GO concept, as well as the Formula and Start series have made serious impact on the world market due to their radical shapes and stunning performance. Simultaneously Starboard introduced the Diva Series. The first ever board line especially developed for woman. The PLAY introduced in 2000 was the worlds first real fun board for youngsters, now the Startsurfer project leads the way to get youngsters into windsurfing.
The Fluid Dynamics graduate Tiesda You from France joined with Starboard and is now in charge of the development program. Tiesda's first large scale project was the Hypersonic which was voted board of the year by several windsurfing magazines and also became the worlds most sold board in 2003.
"Starboard, the company that has brought a refreshing outlook back into the windsurfing industry with their innovative, people friendly designs and concepts." Windsurf magazine , UK.
At colorful Lake Taco ,Thailand , 35 people from 9 different nations work together developing Starboard and its services. Worldwide Starboard OEM suppliers count for further 700 work places. The Starboard design center is located next door to the central office, ensuring only a short step from idea to prototype. Naklua Bay, our main test location, is an hour ride from south of Bangkok , where another on location workshop allows immediate refinement of the most potential test boards. Most high wind gear is tested in Western Australia's diverse coastal conditions. Our Maui team gives "thumbs up" on performance designs after testing at their local spots. Starboard's goal is to "deliver what's needed tomorrow , yesterday". We are supporting systems which will see the numbers of windsurfers grow 5 times the current level by 2007. Our goal is reliant on you, the media, shops, distributors, suppliers, team riders, clubs, resorts and other brands.
We are proud to be here for you.