Wednesday saw myself and Linz drive down to Devon for the Tushingham/Starboard annual Dealer Conference.
Starboard are to make a few changes to the range next year but most will be small improvements, in essence all remains very similar.
The big changes are the disappearance of the Kombat – a “love it or hate it” kind of board which has been replaced by the all new Kode which is everything the Kombat was and wasn’t, and some. I’ve now had a chance to sail both the 94 and the 86 and love them. They will definitely become part of my permanent quiver over the 08/09 season and both are available for demo.
There were small tweaks to the Futura and Isonics but no majour changes and we now have 09 Futura available to buy and demo. See Shop.
Tushingham, like Starboard there are very few changes to the Tushingham sail range and those changes are small tweaks rather than anything dramatic. It’s hard to better what is already an awesome product both in performance and value for money and the only real notable changes to there range are the Storm. Still in essence the same sails the look and shape has evolved. The bigger sizes giving earlier acceleration in the lighter winds an emphases on making the sail more manoeuvre orientated with the smaller sizes maintaining there awesome high wind freeride potential.
Following the Starboard/Tushingham brain washing Linz and I along with the other retailers went for a paddle on their new SUP’s up the river Avon followed by some food and beer at the local pub in Bantham. If anyone is interested in the new SUP board phenomenon we now have five demo boards and are planning a trip along the Thames.