The ultimate Blend for easy entry into surfing and flatwater cruising. 11’2” length combines glide and maneuverability. 30” width is stable for riders up to 95kg and increases tracking due to a straighter paddle technique. Great for flat-water cruising and long board style performance in the surf. Available in Blue Carbon, Pine Tek, Starlite, Starshot and ASAP Technology. Bottom Shape: “Mono to double concave, V from mid point through to tail” Heavy mid-section concave generates speed and rail-to-rail reactivity from the middle of the board. Tail V for responsive cutback turning. Starboard uses inverted EVA deck pads to avoid waste, thus every second board will have a reverse color combination.
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First of all, a disclaimer. I won this board from another review on Paddling.net in 2016. What an awesome surprise! We have played with the Blend for 2 summers now and really like how responsive it is in the small rolling surf off Florida's east coast. It is quick and turns well with the 3 fin arrangement. I recently paddled it 5 miles in both smooth water and a 10 mph left-quarter wind; it tracked well, but was considerably slower than my longer high volume board. It does take practice to move around on it; tough for yoga or looking over your shoulder angles as it's not highly stable. Overall, it provided a great workout!
My biggest negative comment is the material on the underside. It is a rougher surface than the slick glass on the edges and top and tends to mark up with hand prints, scrapes, etc. I also have found that the edges chip easily from unintentional paddle hits; I tried to protect the edges with helicopter tape, but unless you get it perfectly fit, it will rip off the logos when it peels back. As compared to my other board from Boardworks Surf, it seems to be made of more fragile material.
I do like how light and easy to carry the Blend is; we frequently have to carry over low tide beaches of 100 feet or more. It's fun, it's responsive and it's got great graphics. Overall I really like the board. Thanks, Starboard!