Futura 124 Carbon, SURF (Germany), May 2015

The Futuras are the most technologically advanced freeride shapes, with class-leading top-end speeds across a mega-wide wind range.

All Futuras result from the same design program as the iSonics but offer a more comfortable sailing position and more footstrap position options.

The following test was featured in the May 2015 issue of SURF Magazin.

Starboard Futura 124 Carbon: “Windsurf as fast and as simply as possible”

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Length: 246 cm
Width: 76.0 cm
Tail Width: 50.3 cm
Thickness: 11.5 cm
Weight: 7.50 kg
Fin: Drake Venom 48 (Tuttle Box)
Sail range: 6.0m² – 9.0m²
Available Constructions: Carbon and Wood

On the Water:

The 2015 Starboard Futura 124 can be compared to the JP-Australia Super Sport, even though the boards feel completely different from each other. The Futura 124 feels a bit bigger, a bit wider and a bit longer. However, whether you are planing or not, it is extremely stable on the water. Once planing, it doesn’t ride as high and flat as an iSonic. Instead, it sits lower on the water, with a nose that is slightly lifted above the water. At full speed, the chop sometimes hits the bottom of the board around the front footstrap area, but it does so very softly and the board absorbs the impact to come out of it even faster. The Starboard Futura, with its extremely comfortable footstrap positions, accelerates and can be pushed to its top speed with ease, in all wind conditions.

The Futura is an exception in this freerace test as it doesn’t require a lot of skills: it offers a comfortable stance when in the footstraps and is very stable in the arc of the jibes, especially full-speed power jibes. The other freerace boards on test required more effort to control but came out quicker out of the jibe, if you had the skills to push them.

However, in stronger wind conditions, when we tried to get the most out of the board, the Drake Venom 48 cm G-10 fin provided with the board felt quite big when paired with the 7.0m² cambered sail.

We also noticed that, due to the deep deck recess, the boom needs to be positioned higher. It does however offer a more upright sailing position.

Verdict:

Together with the easy jibing characteristics, the Futura 124 proves to be a sporty board for windsurfers without a racing background who would like to windsurf as fast and as simply as possible.

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