Sept 17, 2009
NOT GETTING INTO THE FOOTSTRAPS HAS NEVER BEEN SO COOL!!!
It sounds like when Starboard's design team isn't windsurfing they are having fun throwing down wakeboard tricks at a local Thai cable park...well, at least until they discovered wakeskating. Riding strapless is a trend that has been hitting all action sports beyond just wakeboarding... even some snowboarders are doing it. Why not try it with windsurfing? So Starboard introduces the brand new concept shape: the Atom 99.
The Atom is designed to be an incredibly rangy freeride board that can be riden in many different ways. Designer Tiesda You likes riding it with a 8.5-meter no-cam freeride sail or ride it powered down to a moderate size sail with the straps placed outboard for a fun and reasonably fast ride. The inboard straps allow for more control and a slashier freestyle or freemove ride (stay tuned here and we'll dig up a smaller tuttlebox fin to run it through some aerial freestyle moves). Finally, you can remove all the straps and have fun learning how to sail in a completely different way.
We'll post a full test report later in the week...but for now here is a video rundown of the Atom for designer Tiesda You:
And here is some strapless action: