Starboardov napihljivi SUP "Touring Zen", na sejmu Outdoor Retailer show v Salt Lake City, prejel SUP Conect "Gear of the Year 2017" nagrado za najboljšo napihljivo desko.
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Obsession with quality and performance is synonymous with the man driving Starboard, Svein Rasmussen. Svein has a crew of folks personally unpacking, running QC, and re-packaging every single Starboard inflatable. That, my friends, is an illustration of the impetus behind the Starboard brand. And here, once again, they have delivered. The Starboard Touring Zen has won the “A” grade by the Supconnect Staff and received the most votes from premium sup retailers, making it the undisputed winner of the Inflatable Supconnect Gear of the Year Award 2017. The board is incredibly well-built, offering an excellent combination of sturdiness and lightweight. The graphics are thoughtfully held together throughout the entire board. And the price point makes it quite accessible.
Starboard je dobil še dve nagradi in sicer za Best River board (Stream) in Best Race (All Star), več pa si lahko preberete v članku Announcing 2017’s Gear of the Year winners by Andre Niemeyer.