STARBOARD'S RACING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM HAS BEEN PUSHING THE LIMITS EVER SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE BRAND THROUGH MASSIVE RESEARCH EFFORTS IN ALL DIRECTIONS: AERODYNAMIC LIFT AND DRAG, ANGLES OF ATTACK, HYDRODYNAMIC LIFT AND DRAG, MECHANICAL LEVERAGE, PLANING SURFACE ASPECT RATIO, EFFECTS OF THE LEEWARD RAIL, OF TAIL CUT-AWAYS etc. At times, the test designs and concepts were so extreme that even the race team and test pilots were worried! They would then take these latest designs and win.

1995 - Sonic boards introduce the innovative Wood technology developed in New Caledonia, weighing in at a kilo less than the competition. The technology contributed to securing the Production World Speed Record, then winning the Production Boards Worlds in racing and slalom the following year.

1999 - Racing was revolutionized by the Formula, the first wide-style racing board that turned the racing World upside down with its superior upwind performance, wider wind range, and earlier planing.

2000 - In the Formula Worlds the Formula took all top 6 places - probably the most exciting design victory in the history of windsurfing!

2002 - The Hypersonic is introduced, sending shockwaves through the market and leading the way for a return to slalom and speed. Boards magazine, UK said, "No other board to date has revolutionized modern Windsurfing like the Hypersonic."

2005 - The S-Type and F-Type, Racing Development's more freeride-type boards, are introduced, offering racing edge thrills in a more maneuverable and comfortable package.

2006 - iSonics, cool as ice, replace the Hypersonics and larger Sonics with their own innovations -- low-rocker square noses that compensate through aerodynamic lift and side cuts in the tail.


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