10’ x 35” Astro Whopper Deluxe
The whopper was one of the first Starboard SUP models we
brought in back in 2009. Since then it’s proven to be one of the most versatile
shapes in their line. When they began to offer it in an inflatable option it
made the versatility even more convenient!
Not only is the shape good for just about any situation, now you can
roll it up and carry it in a backpack. We’ve surfed it, leisure paddled it,
done yoga, and ran rivers on the whopper, it’s a stable platform that will make
you happy wherever you are.
The Astro Whopper comes in two construction options this
year, the Deluxe and the Zen. Our favorite by far is the Deluxe. This years
Astro Deluxe advantages are: 6” of thickness verses 4.75” in the Zen, Removable
FCS compatible side fins, Carbon rail reinforcements for stiffness & carbon
stringers to lock in the rigidity even more
Versatile Fin Box
This is one of the areas that Starboard really set
themselves apart from most of their competition this year. The Astro Deluxe models now feature removable
FCS compatible Side fin boxes and a regular Longboard center fin box. This means your fin configuration options are
endless. That’s a really nice feature to
have, especially for the Whopper. The
Whoppers shape naturally excels in many types of situations. Now you have the
option to fine tune the fin configuration for your intended use! It also nice to be able to remove and replace
damaged fins easily. We all know that
things happen and it’s a lot easier to replace or repair a removable fin than
it is one that’s glued on. We all want
our board to last forever, why subject yourself to a chewed up fin! The ability to remove all the fins also makes
it roll up better and fit in its storage backpack too.
The Magic Bag
Starboard definitely didn’t spare any expense when designing
the new Magic Bag. It’s probably the
most convenient, feature full bags of all the inflatable brands we work
with. You have backpack straps in order
to carry the bag on your back as well as wheels that allow you to easily roll
wherever you want to go. While your rolling you don’t even have to worry about
wearing out the bottom, thanks to the plastic reinforced tray that’s built in!
High Pressure Double Action Pump
Pumping up your inflatable is one of the biggest objections
we come across when we talk with people about inflatables in general. This year Starboard has tried to make that
task a little easier by offering a double action pump with a switch. The pump injects air on the upstroke and the
down stroke when in double action mode. You use this until the pressure gets
hard enough to make pulling the handle back up difficult. Then it’s time to flip the switch and put the
pump in single action mode, filling the board only on the down stroke where you
can use you bodyweight more effectively.
Pretty genius system, we think you will like it for sure.
If you still don’t feel like pumping, we have several really
good electric pump options to make inflation a non-issue!
Here are some other key points Starboard wants you to know
about the design and construction of the Astro Whopper:
Shorter length increases the maneuverability, making it an
easy board to turn, whilst maintaining good glide for flat-water paddling.
The 35” width means it is an incredibly stable board that is
great for surfing, stretching, fitness, yoga and on the river.
Available in Deluxe, Zen and now in new Club Technology for
extra strength and durability for schools and clubs.
with bungee tie-downs and paddle holder..