Introduction – What’s Next?

 

It all started with the idea of making better boards while enjoying windsurfing for a life time.

Since 1994 Starboard set the trend in windsurfing and well over 1,000 different boards shapes have been under my feet since I first stepped on a board in 1978. The last few years of foiling re-ignited our light wind days here in Thailand and is as exciting as to experience planing for the first time.

So the future is here and in addition to making the best boards built in benchmark technologies we need to take a closer look at the oceans and how we can help them stay alive.

We partner with organisations such as Parley for the Oceans, Trash Hero and do our own clean ups at local beaches and rivers, up to three times a week. We work with Sustainable Surf to develop up-cycled materials, bio materials and found them to perform better than many of the petroleum-based raw materials.

We plant mangroves in the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar and have so far planted 104,500 trees, absorbing over 100,000,000 kg of CO2 over the next 20 years. Our goal is to plant over 1 million trees within 10 years, mitigating 1 billion kg of CO2 over the next 20 years. Very small numbers by world standards but still trendsetting in our sports world.

To put it all into a broader perspective, ONE single mangrove tree can over 20 years absorb 5,400 kg of CO2 emissions from a car using 0.5 liters of gas per 10 km.

The average carbon footprint of a composite windsurfing board is 100 kg, so we can actually be carbon net positive by planting a few trees per 10 boards we produce.

It is easy to make a positive impact and we hope that our world of wind and water can inspire businesses and governments.

We are just getting started , so join us and become a pioneer living a deep blue life.

 

 

Svein Rasmussen

Chief Innovator