Kode Wave 82 Carbon, Windsurf (UK), February 2015

The Kode Wave is the signature wave board of two-times World Champion Philip Köster. Fast to get on the plane with a high top end speed, they are the most ideal boards for big airs and double forwards. They just want to boost whether it’s jumping or wave riding.

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Starboard Kode Wave 82 Carbon: “A board that everyone deserves to try”


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Length: 230 cm
Width: 58.5 cm
Tail Width: 37.0 cm
Weight: 6.70 kg
Volume: 82 liters
Thickness: 11.6 cm
Fin: 2 x MB Twinzers 16.5 (US Box + 2 x Slot Box 13)
Sail range: 3.5m² – 5.5m²

Low Down:

The Kode Waves come with vertical, square twin fins developed by MB Fins, specifically for the Kode Wave but also has a single fin option (and plugs) to turn the board into a high-wind blaster.

Performance:

You don’t have to look very far through the pages of this magazine before you see Philip Köster heading for the stratosphere, or throwing huge spray from a heavy backside or front side hit. The Kode Wave relishes power and the more it can get, the happier you and it will be.

But don’t be misled by the talk of boosting huge loops and physics defying wave acrobatics into thinking that this weapon is a dangerous beast to be tamed. The Koster Kode requires no more skill to ride than any of this group. The basic rule applies that the more skill you have the more reward you get. The more time you spend the more skill you get and so on. The Kode just shows another angle from which the design can come to solve the wave performance equation. It is a refreshing time for board design in that all the modern boards here have quite distinct flavors. It was not always so, and the variety offered by boards such as the Kode prove that the kit now has never been better.

As with the 2014 Kode Wave 92 edition tested last year the smaller Kode 82 does have you driving through your front foot to command speed, angle of attack and early planing. The board gets up to speed quickly and the free, high speed sensation has you seeking ramps and carving easily with plenty of drive in turns and great for just blasting if you feel like that too! A great board that shows its pedigree as Koster’s choice, the Kode has the potential to turn the “average” into “epic”!

Verdict:

A board that everyone deserves to try. The Kode’s full on power style works particularly well if you put your foot on the gas and charge! Drive it off the front foot and enjoy the direct engaging experience. The 82L would cover most 80kg pilots to the top of their wind range.

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