Starboard Super Cruiser Aluminium € 1,099,-
Alu mast 85 cm | Fuselage 87 cm | Wings Carbon | Front wing 1,700 cm2 | Back wing 370 cm2
What we greatly appreciate about the Starboard wind foils is the modular structure. This makes it easy to upgrade your wind foil or replace parts. Unfortunately, Starboard has chosen to deal with the Super Cruiser a little differently. The mast is standard, but the fuselage and wings are not interchangeable. We regret this, but after some detective work it becomes clear why.
Mega surface of 1,700 cm2
No, it’s not a typing error. The front wing has a mega area of 1,700 cm2 and is very thick. The front wing can be mounted on the fuselage at 2 positions. The default setting is close to the mast and the light weather setting is about 5 cm more forward. The rear wing can also be trimmed. Because the back wing can be tilted slightly, you can influence the degree of lift. And we soon notice that this works. We go on the water with 12-18 knots of wind. We had in 1st instance the back wing on maximum (forward) ‘lift’. At that time there was more than 18 knots of wind and we uses a blade 5.7m2. It could have been smaller, but there were also quite a few holes in the wind.
Of course, the foil went up quickly, but continued to give too much lift. It wasn’t actually doable, we really had to hang far forward. H’mm back to the side and tune the back wing differently. Then the backwing put on stability (backwards). The wind was still the same. This is a world of difference! We even struggled to get the board in the air and keep it up. The lift was now totally gone. We almost didn’t come out of the water, even with gusts. H’mmm back to the side. Now put the back wing in the middle. That turned out to be much better set up. Lots of lift and good control. The set up was right now. We were relaxed on the board now.
Trimming, well that makes it more complex
Both the front and the back wing are adjustable. In practice, the front wing is always in the default setting and also the back wing in the middle position. Only with very little wind or heavier surfers do we use the ‘lift’ setting of the back wing. We understand why the trimming options are on this wind foil, but we are also afraid that this will make things even more complex. As we have experienced ourselves, this can also lead to disappointments if you do not use the right trim. Our advice, always start with the default trim and go 1 for 1 things to adjust and start with the back wing!