THE EASY CHOICE
The go-to board for entry level windsurfing and schools.
Their straight outlines provide more upwind drive ensuring a successful first day on the water. Their longer waterline combined with Long Tail Technology provides wonderful glide and easy, early planing. Once up and planing, the Rio feels exciting and free as you push onto the contoured aft deck where the cutaways maximize planing pleasure.
CONTOURED DECK SHAPE
With the contoured deck shape the board remains the easiest board in the world to get into the footstraps. Thanks to this as the rider progresses and moves back on the board, windsurfing faster and with more and more power in the sail, the feet line up naturally with the inboard footstrap positions.
LONG TAIL DESIGN
The Rio features a long tail design. It allows the board to transition easy and smooth into planing without having to overcome technical difficulties. The long tail design also allows for better glide in light wind conditions.
The extra wide section of the tail is relatively thin, forming what we call Bat Wings, first used in the Phantoms. This width also helps improve glide and directional traction by allowing the designers to draw more parallel lines. It also creates more planing power.
UNIQUE FOR THE RIO LONG TAIL
With added area behind the fin box, the Rios not only plane earlier, they also won’t tilt up as they transition on to the plane: there’s no longer the need to learn the tricky technique of overcoming this hump. This is unique to the Rio Long Tail and allows the rider to get planing incredibly smoothly, like magic. It’s an amazing experience to get planing without first having to learn how. The board simply accelerates and accelerates and the rider finds himself naturally planing in the right position.
FULL EVA DECK
A large soft EVA grip on the deck make the board comfortable and safe. You get the grip without the cuts or rashes. There is no EVA in the nose where the boom tends to drag across. The Rios feature multiple footstraps inserts positions to allow for every level of sailing, from beginner, to intermediate and advanced. They’re also fitted with the next generation of matching Drake footstraps, which feature size indicator tabs for easy size adjustments.
Retractable dagger board that clicks in and out without tools. Use the daggerboard for more balance and to go upwind easier. Remove for more speed and control in planing conditions. Fitted with Starboard’s Clipperbox system with easily replaceable and ultra durable lips and a new daggerboard with integrated handle for carrying the board under-arm.
The Rios are supplied with a Drake Shallow fin. This compact fin delivers as much power and directional traction as possible in the shortest fin. The ideal fin for learning.