Great all round board for...
Great all round board for rivers, lakes and small surf
Very portable and can travel around the world with it
Don't need a roof rack
Easy to set up and less change of it to be stolen
Some people find it hard to use the hand pump
Requires about 18 psi (get a electrical pump)
Flexes a little then a hard board
I use it in rivers and lakes mostly
I tried the inflatable...
I tried the inflatable version, and in all fairness I didn't take it in real surf, just 2' monsoonal chop in the local reservoir. It had virtually no glide, especially carrying my 240 lbs. I think that I'm too heavy for this board; too much work, not fun.
Eh, maybe if you have the windsurfing rig attached it would be fun.
The inflatable astro whopper is sloooow, sloooow, sloooow, at least for my weight. As an "all-around" board, not the right compromise for my needs.
Light surfing, touring, and river running.
Love this board. I'm a...
Love this board. I'm a bigger dude (~240 lbs) so I was concerned about going from a 12' Laird to this 10' board. But happily, it was the right move, as I'm being floated fine (my concern) and a lot more maneuverability and carving fun on this shorter board. I'd like to do an apples to apples and go on a new 10' Laird board to see. Anyone got one that might want to trade?
Floatability. Very stable for a bigger guy. Fairly light.
Don't love the Starboard icon design but that's about it.
I use it to Surf here in W. LA at Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Ventura, San Onofre, Dana Point, San Clemente, etc.