Futura 104 Carbon, PlancheMag (France), Sept 2014 [EN-FR]

The Futuras are Starboard’s freerace boards. Freerace boards are designed to go extremely fast, like slalom boards, but with more user-friendliness and more comfort. They are the sports cars of windsurfing.

For 2015, all Futuras have been upgraded once more, to more efficient, wider and slimmer shapes.
The sizing denominations have been adjusted accordingly: 90, 97, 104, 114, 124, 134. And two new larger size: 144 and 154.

The following test was featured in the September issue of Planche Mag.
Ten of the best freeride boards and rigs were reviewed, and the Futura 104 Carbon was included in the “sporty freeride” sub-category.

Starboard Futura 104 Carbon: “Performance made accessible to all”

Length: 241 cm
Width: 69.5 cm
Weight: 7.00 kg
Volume: 104 liters
Fin: Drake Venom 42 (Tuttle Box)
Sail range: 5.0m² – 8.0m²
Available sizes: 90, 97, 104, 114, 124, 134, 144 and 154 liters
Available constructions: Carbon and Wood

On the Water:

Stiffness, acceleration and control are the predominant sensations when you step on this board for the first time. It rides low on the water, or rather doesn’t rear up and nose lift.

Les sensations de rigidité, d’accélération et en même temps de contrôle prédominent, avec une planche qui reste basse sur l’eau, ou plutôt ne se cabre pas.

The width seems to be beneficial to the wind range of the board. The Futura 104 provides enough support to pair it with a 7.8m² in light winds and won’t feel bulky when paired with a 6.0m² in strong winds regardless of the 42 centimeter fin, thanks to the reduced thickness and no excess volume.

La largeur semble apporter un petit bénéfice en termes de plage d’utilisation. Elle offre la portance nécessaire à une voile de 7.8m² dans les vents légers, sans sensation d’encombrement due à un surplus d’épaisseur en 6.0m² dans le vent fort, et malgré un aileron de 42 centimètres.

Extremely efficient on the beam and downwind reaches, the Futura 104 goes straight and stays flat at all times. No nose lift nor no spin outs and pushing on the fin with the back foot doesn’t give you that burning thigh sensation.

Très performante sur les allures de travers et de largue, la Futura 104 va droit, en restant bien à plat. Pas de cabrage, pas de spin out, et l’on peut pousser sur l’aileron sans avoir la cuisse qui fume.

In the jibe, it is very efficient in the exit, with the ability to vary the curves even though it is not always the most stable.

Au jibe, elle reste efficace dans la relance, avec une capacité à varier les courbes, sans être pour autant la plus stable.

Verdict:

The Futura aims to make top-end performance accessible to all, thanks to a very securing behavior in the gusts which allows to keep control over the board in all situations with little physical effort required.

La Futura vise la performance de pointe accessible au plus grand nombre grâce à un comportement plus linéaire dans les risées, ce qui permet de mieux contrôler, avec moins d’effort physique à produire.

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