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Starboard Tikhine

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Overview:

Paddle Board Highlights

Who is it for?

If you’re looking for an inflatable all-around fitness board to paddle short to mid-range distances and do yoga, then the Starboard Tikhine is worth a look. Retailing at $1,099, this stand up paddle board is in the mid price point range and comes with Starboard's Zen technology. The Tikhine was designed with the female paddler in mind and is very light, easy to carry, and wide, making it best suited for beginner recreational paddlers wanting to ride in style. So if you are on the hunt for a beautiful, all-round, beginner board, then the Tikhine might be the perfect fit.

First Impressions

The Starboard Tikhine has a really nice package with a really nice bag and accessories. It comes with everything you need except for a paddle so take note of that. The board is definitely very creative oriented. The graphics on the deck are a bit blurred though so keep that in mind to check out before-hand. Aside from that, there’s a beautiful color coordination between the graphics and traction pad and there’s also added handles that are useful. As far as the construction goes, the board feels solid but the design has made the board a bit too thin. So even though you hit 15psi when inflating the board it’s still quite flimsy. The board comes with a 3-fin built-in setup so you can paddle in shallow waters with ease. Overall the board comes in a really nice package and is a good fit for lightweight paddlers who are looking for an all-around board.

Benefits

  • Primary Use

    All-Around Use

    Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines

  • Durability

    Durable

    Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.

  • Carrying

    Above Average

    Carrying ease is determined by board weight and handle type, where a board weighing under 20lbs with a Liftsup handle is extremely easy to carry while a 35+lbs board quite difficult.

  • Stability

    Average

    Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.

  • Glide

    Average

    Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side.

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Learn more on the Starboard website.

Features

  • Dimensions

    10'2" x 31" x 4.75"

    Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).

  • Weight

    20.1 lbs

    Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).

  • Volume

    228 L

    Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf.

  • Capacity

    90 kg

    Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.

  • Add On's

    Bungee / D Ring / Paddle Holder / Leash Included / extra strap for carrying

    Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; Connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin install.

  • Handle

    Strap

    Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.

  • Holders

    Yes

    Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.

Sizes Available

LengthWidthThicknessVolume
11 Feet 2 Inches 32 Inches 4.75 Inches 261 L
10 Feet 2 Inches 31 Inches 4.75 Inches 228 L

 

Learn more on the Starboard website.

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