Starboard Kode 2024 Review

We recently unpacked the new Starboard Kode 2024.

The wind was up the last few days and we were able to take them through their paces. In this review we would like to share our first (and second) impressions and experience with you.

Unpacking the Starboard Kode 2024
Starboard Kode 2024 85l and 95l next to each other

On land impression:

Over the last few years we used to have mainly the Severne Dynos, so unpacking the new Starboard Kode 2024 was super exciting!  They look super smart in the classic Starboard Wood Sandwich construction. The wood is less visible in the modern graphics (compared to their classic counterparts 10 years ago), it shows through the blue paint which also gives it some UV protection. 

The Starboard Kode features a flat mid-rocker line that turns into a very smooth curve under the standing area. It has got a double concave under the nose, a Vee concave mid section and a pronounced Vee in the tail. Looking promising!
Starboard Kode 2024 close-up of fins
Starboard Kode 2024 close-up of footstraps

Starboard Kode set up:

The Starboard Kode 2024 comes equipped with 3 finboxes, offering you versatility to ride it as a thruster set up or with a single fin. You also have the option to set your footstraps inboard (for more wave and manouever oriented riding) or outboard (for flat water blasting). This makes the Starboard Kode a great choice for the many different conditions you may encounter during your travels in New Zealand. 

Starboard Kode 2024 freeriding action
Starboard Kode 2024 wave action

On the water impression:

We took the Kode 85 and the Kode 95 for a good work out in flat water and choppy harbour conditions. Regardless of what conditions we did throw at them, the boards kept their promises on the water. Apart from one being 10l more than the other one, they felt fairly similar in their behaviour.

The Kode is popping up on the plane quick with a fantastic acceleration. Super fun to blast on flat water, but also forgiving and smooth in choppy Lyttleton Harbour conditions. Carving the Starboard Kode is a dream: the rounder outline and relatively thin rails enables it to be turned aggressively without catching a rail. It is super easy to jibe without losing speed. If this translates into bottom turns, it will be a fantastic board for waveriding, making it the ultimate travel companion for New Zealand. 

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