Starboard Surf History



We have a fun little story to share concerning our path…

Our Tiki symbol is stem from the ancient fun loving godking of water and waves, the legendary Inca sun god Tiki Vichara, who in Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon Tiki memoires is said to have traveled from Peru to Polynesia.

The exciting part is that the art of Surfing arguably came from Peru and was further practiced by the South Americans that came to inhabit Tahiti and later the Hawaiian islands. Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl successfully drifted 4600 miles on a balsa raft from Peru to Tahiti in 1947 to prove his theory, yet still most anthropologists are skeptic to his findings. Have a look at art from Peru compared with Tahitian art while checking on the map of current and lastly try one of the ancient Peruvian balsa surf boards.

Our original Tiki drawing is from New Caledonia and we have worked with Thai and Tahitian artists to evolve him over the last 20 years. The Starboard name is the innovate quality assuring part of our brand’s culture.

The word starboard comes from the Old Norse words stýri meaning “rudder” and borð meaning etymologically “board”, then the “side of a ship”. In sailing terms crafts give way to other crafts on Starboard tack. There are some Norwegian international roots in this story knowing that the tiny town Arendal where Svein Rasmussen was born, once was the second largest ship building area in the world. That Svein’s Norwegian street address is Kittelsbukt 32 and that the Worlds largest marine Protection & Indemnity insurer Gard is Kittelsbukt 31 is another assuring coincidence. We enjoy creating. The art and color contrasts are reflections of us, the people associated with Starboard. We discuss between ourselves, our riders and distribution partners when evolving next years looks.


Five years ago we introduced the first full carbon precision molded Active Stringer surfboards. With the introduction of this insane construction, we developed pioneering designs with super responsive, ridiculously light and extremely strong, cutting edge shapes. A surfboard offering that caters to any surfer on the water.


With 20 years experience in board design and development, Starboard sets the very highest precision standard. Having an R&D team minutes away from some of the best surf spots in South Africa and our headquarters just 45 minutes away from our composite board supplier, we can control the R&D process and follow up on production on a daily basis.

Our Mission:

Bring innovation and stoke to surfers all around the world.

Starboard Surf 2016 Collection:

Starboard, continuously pushing the boundaries of surfboard construction is our relentless quest of creating the most innovative and performance- driven surfboards.

The unmatchable Active Carbon construction is still set as one of the most progressive constructions available in our sport and continues to challenge the perceptions of the surfboard market everyday.

We are extremely excited about the Flex Carbon technology that is set to carve out a new industry standard by utilising both traditional and more progressive board development techniques.