Here’s an article about Starboard Paddle Development written by Gaute Kristiansen, product manager for Starboard stand up paddles.
When working with developing paddles there are just so many things to consider and to emphasize on, in something that might seem like an easy product. Luckily it’s not that easy, which is why we at Starboard loves it! When you think about it, a paddle are being used in all different conditions, some big heavy guys lean on it in massive waves whereas the same paddle also has to fulfill the recreational flat water paddler on the local lake.
We divide the paddle in 3 main parts: Blade, Shaft and Handle
The handle shape shall fit the palm of your hand, have enough friction (but not too much), be light and if possible look incredibly sexy. Thats why we deliver each paddle with a blow moulded plastic handle, to reduce price for the average costumer, BUT also have a light carbon option available for those tech geeks who love carbon (just like me).
Our shafts are carefully measured and controlled, especially the carbon shafts which has a simplicity built into them. Most carbon paddles you see in the market have the “twill” finish (like our blades). Most people think of this as the only right carbon. But what you should know is a shaft this type is not ideal;) So, why we don’t make our shafts like everybody else out there. We cut this unnecessary/weight-adding feature and designed something much more reliable for production, ensuring that you end up with the exact same flex pattern as we spent so much time R&D testing!
Blades are beautiful, wow! High Quality Divinycell core, optimal ratio of Glass, 3K carbon and resin and ABS edges certainly makes Starboard blades stand out. I challenge you to do the following if you just purchased one of those China paddles in Carbon: let it enjoy some time in the sun, get some tan and see what happens? Most likely it will de-laminate due to a low quality core material… Yet there is one more detail left: THE PRINT: We have spent hours and hours, lets say months in finding the right way to print on our paddles to ensure that it stays, doesn’t damage the high quality materials and most importantly: looks smashing. Visit your local store and see for your self!
Starboard Stand Up Paddle