Starboard was founded in 1994 by Svein Rasmussen, a well known racer that entered his first windsurf board in 1978. Svein won the Windsurfer Europeans in 1980, Mistral Worlds in 1983, was a Gold medal candidate for the 84 Olympics and spent 10 years on the PWA pro-circuit.
He also was the first sailor to win all disciplines in the IFCA Production Board Class Worlds, which he won in 1991. In 1994, Svein started Starboard by developing the unique Wood Sandwich Technology in co-operation with Jean Louis Colmas from New Caledonia. The boards were significantly lighter and stronger than the completion and set the new standard in high technology. One of their early concepts was the breakthrough GO boards.
The wider and shorter, more user friendly Windsurf boards, instantly recognized Starboard as the innovative trendsetter. And the concept was used to revolutionise all niches of windsurfing from entry level to waves. Slalom and freestyle. In 2006, Starboard Svein wanted to develop a new type of lightwind windsurfing boards, the whole project turned into paddle boarding and saw Starboard become the first brand to mass produce paddle boards on an international scale. Then things happened really quick with Starboard developing an exciting range of boards from the shortest wave boards, to the longest race boards, tandem boards. Board like the 10’ x 34” Whopper made sup surfing available for everyone. Starboard further revolutionised the SUP industry with super light carbon sandwich boards.
Starboard has won hundred of world champion titles over the years with its strong international team and the brand says as dedicated to the top professional level as to the basic entry level. Build boards, plant trees and fight plastic.
“Well over 1,000 different boards shapes have been under my feet since I first stepped on a board in 1978. While shaping boards and our company’s culture, we also need to keep the Oceans in shape, they are our core business in all respects . We partner with organisations such as Parley for the Oceans, started Trash Hero Bangkok and do our own clean ups at local beaches and rivers, up to three times a week.
We work with SUP kids, Watertrek and admire organisations like Bye bye plastic bags and 5 gyres institute. We are tight with Sustainable Surf to develop up-cycled materials, bio materials reducing our addiction to petroleum-based raw materials. We plant mangroves in the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar, our Starboard forest contains 104,500 trees, absorbing over 100,000,000 kg of CO2 over the next 20 years. The park itself has already a total of 3.2 million trees in the ground. Our goal together with partners is to plant over 1 Billion trees within 10 years, mitigating 1 billion kg of CO2 over the next 20 years. 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 board is between 75 and 100 kg and we plant one tree per board sold so, we are easily carbon Net Positive Since 2016.
Can we further help value nature? How about introducing a Tree coin with a natural blockchain technology , backed by carbon credits? We are almost there in coordinations with Lykke.com and the Heyerdahl park, reinventing money and finally see a currency with true value. Next is a Plastic Net Positive pledge, can we help introduce a system to value plastic emission and create a circular economy ? We would like to pioneer a plastic taxation system, benefitting plastic waste collectors worldwide and again utilise blockchain to be as efficient as possible. It is fun to create positive impact and we hope that our world of wind and water can inspire businesses and governments to take bold steps forward. We are just getting started , so join us and become a pioneer living a deep blue life.”