Mar 4, 2011
V: 86 L: 234 W: 60.5
In 2003, Starboard introduced the innovative-looking Evo and set off a revolution that redefined how a waveboard is designed. Last year, Starboard put aside the Evo to focus attention on their Quad. While the Quad set new standards for grip in the steepest sections of a wave, some of the new-school riders, like Phil Köster, were looking for something looser for a skatier style.
The new Evo comes standard with a single fin that provides the predictable ride Evo enthusiasts have come to love, and included with the board are two slot boxes for a twin-fin option. In the single-fin mode, the Evo is a waveboard that offers performance any highwind sailor will appreciate. Its ample width gets you up onto a plane very quickly and keeps you well-balanced in any type of transition, whether it’s a jibe or tack. This Evo also uses its balanced volume distribution to plane through jibes on flat water better than any other wave board. For bump-and-jump conditions the ride is smooth with just enough speed to keep things interesting. On a wave it carves clean, powerful arcs that only a pro-level quad-design waveboard would outdo.
In twin-fin mode, it’s best to err towards slightly bigger fins (16 cm should be good), placing them as far back in the slot box as possible. Even when set up this way, the ride is less direct and has the confidence to set the rail on a bottom turn. The reward is that the tail can be broken free at will, opening up new possibilities like Takas in onshore conditions. On down-the-line waves we stuck with the single-fin, but in everything from Gorge swell rides to mushy sideshore, the twin-fin setup let us tighten turns by sliding the tail when needed.
The Evo is a great choice for any-level wavesailor looking for a one-board-wonder to tackle any wind direction, and even make the most of the days when there are no waves to be found. star-board.com