Definetly, Speed is hot at the moment, and with the new record set by big boy Antoine Albeau, the dream barrier of 50 knots is closer than ever. So if you want to give it a try at speed, now you can do it with the gear of a champion. Starboard has just announced that they are releasing Antoine Albeau’s replica speed boards. They will be on the shops more likely in August). The three models that will be available are iSonic Speed Special W44, W49 and W53.This boards were designed by Christofer Firorentini. He had been working on them since 2005, and he can proudly say that this are some the the fastest boards in the world: “I have been working actively on the shape of these 3 speed boards since 2005. In the course of events I have improved the design of each of these boards. To define the ideal characteristics, we tested boards in the South of France (a spot with very irregular winds and with both flat and choppy water conditions) but also in Fuerteventura (150° angle with light wind) and in Namibia (square conditions with 100° angle). Under your feet, the boards accelerate with a great feeling of ease. The boards have a neutral trim so that wind lulls and gusts can be coped with effortlessly and with maximum efficiency. The great special feature of these boards is that they keep the speed generated by a gust of wind for a very long time. The double concave is tailored individually on each model to blend acceleration on flat water and comfort. See the next page for our recommendation for what fins and sails to choose."
This are the specifications: iSonic Speed special W44 Sails: 4.0 to 6.5 Ultra flat water: 20cm fin Flat water: 22cm fin All-round conditions: 24cm fin Choppy/lightwind: 26cm fin
iSonic Speed special W49 Sails: 5.0 to 6.8 Ultra flat water: 22cm fin Flat water: 24cm fin All-round conditions: 26cm fin Choppy/lightwind: 28cm fin
iSonic Speed special W53 Sails: 5.5 to 7.5 Ultra flat water: 26cm fin Flat water: 28cm fin All-round conditions: 30cm fin Choppy/lightwind: 32cm fin
Photo Credit: Ingrid Franchi