Reuben from SUPboarder gives you a video overview of the 2014 Starboard Wide Point range. The Wide Point is designed for a heavier rider or for someone who wants a very stable board with a real surf pedigree.
We also got SUPboarder columnist Andrew Pieterse’s opinion, who has been riding a Starboard Wide Point for 4 months now;
“I was reluctant to move onto a wider board, as I was concerned about sacrificing rail-to-rail performance, however the increased rocker and pinched rails compensate well for the additional width and I’ve found that I’ve been able to go down 7 litres in volume without sacrificing any paddle-ability. Being just shy of 16 stone I need bigger boards to catch waves (especially in bumpy crowded surf), but still want to be able to do tight turns in the pocket, so the shorter and wider template works well for me. You can maintain the versatility of the board by increasing the size of the fins as the size of the surf goes up, the tail does start to drift in larger surf if the rear fins are too small. The one change I have made is to use smaller fins than the standard setup as I prefer the board to feel a bit looser and like to adjust my fins according to the surf. I would only use the standard fin setup in large surf; putting in extra small rear fins in tiny surf works extremely well. The board handles 1-2 foot waves surprisingly well for such a wide template with plenty of manoeuvrability to generate speed on small wave faces.” Andrew Pieterse