There is no doubt that the Starboard Futura 122 is a one of the fastest boards in the freeride/freerace category. Starboard Futura is suitable for riders who are keen on a board with slalom characteristics but who is not willing to go for a full blood slalom board such as the hyped Starboard iSonic.
Starboard Futura is despite the board’s speed potential and slalom profile also suitable for intermediate riders thanks to the freeride adjustments Starboard have done on the Futura.
Are you looking for a more lively board with clearer freeride characteristics you should have a look at the Starboard Carve. Are you focused on speed and are looking for a sophisticated board with great top end control, the Starboard Futura 122 is an excellent choice.
Hard facts – Starboard Futura 122
Manufacturer: Starboard, star-board.com
Length: 245,5 cm
Width: 71,5 cm
Volume: 122 L
Weight: 6,86 (Wood Carbon) 7,13 (Wood) 7,43 (Technora) 8,89 (Tufskin)
Sail range: 5,5 – 9,0
Surf (Germany) no 6, 2009 – Starboard Futura 122
Starboard Futura 122 is the widest board of the test group and has improved footstrap positions. Starboard has introduced “normal freerideposition”, which has been missing in the last years test. The bottom shape has a deep double concave far back to the finbox, with a very visible V upfront.
Starboard Futura 122 convinced with good control and excellent average speed. While planning the Starboard Futura 122 does not handle chop quite as good as the lager Futura 133. However, the Futura 122 can be kept in good control all the time and accelerates without a lot of effort.
The Starboard Futura feels extremely stable and it always seems to find the perfect planing position automatically. When turning the wide shape does a relaxed and comfortable job, and stays very safe on the rail. Just in narrow speedy turns the Starboard Futura 122 is limited compared to the “needles” of this test group.
Windsport.com April, 2010 – Starboard Futura 122
Starboard Futura 122 speeds up at a controlled pace allowing progressing sailors to easily find the footstraps in the inboard position. The outboard position is aggressive and much more difficult to get into, but it’s here that you’ll be able to do the trim work to get the Starboard Futura to break free and reach full speed.
Most boards with as much speed potential as the Starboard Futura prefer an aggressive weight forward jibe. But we found the Starboard Futura to turn very well off the tail and with technique that takes a lot less commitment to perfect.
Buy a Starboard Futura as your learning to get into the straps and then once comfortable move the straps outboard and go pass all your buddies.
Board Magazine no 6, 2010 – Starboard Futura 122
When the original Starboard Carve was replaced with the Starboard Futura, it’s fair to say that we weren’t the biggest of fans. Starboard Futura was certainly fast, but in our opinion it seemed to have lost the essence of what ‘freeriding’ was about. With it´s thin and wide profile the Starboard Futura made the rider feel more like a passenger than a pilot, and it certainly didn’t feel maneuverable underfoot. Admittedly that was just our opinion and some people loved the Starboard Futura for exactly those characteristics.