THE STREAMLINED PATHWAY FROM JUNIOR TO YOUTH
“The sailing platform that offers young sailors the most affordable path from Junior to Olympic gold. In the highest and most exciting performance package“
HOW IS THIS ACHIEVED?
The streamlined transition between age groups makes this exceptional performance-to-affordability ratio possible. Changing age groups normally means changing all your equipment.
The iQFOiL Junior (U15&U17) is designed so that only the sail and, if necessary the mast, needs to be changed while you improve and develop. U15 sailors can also take part in the U17 division.
The foil and the bigger rig are the changes to be made when going from iQFOiL Junior U17 to iQFOiL Youth U19, so the board remains the same. 1 board for 3 generations of windsurfers.
The objective? Increase participation and optimize retention:
“Innovating the growth of quality windsurfing. Starboard is all about developing aspirational programs from grassroots to champions. We recommend one amazing board, transitioning riders from Junior to Youth racing on all courses, minimizing cost and complication while increasing participation.” Svein Rasmussen, Starboard founder, and Group CEO.”
iQFOiL class manager Gonzalo Costa Hoevel at the Asian youth techno games in Oman
WHAT ALLOWS iQFOiL JUNIOR EQUIPMENT TO ACHIEVE HIGH PERFORMANCE AT AFFORDABLE COSTS?
By adopting the best of the Olympic Windsurfing’s iQFOiL development program, the iQFOiL 85 board takes off in even lighter winds than its larger sibling with better control and more comfort for lighter riders. It is built for lightweight and strength by combining a full carbon bottom, a thick, durable skin, and strategically placed fibre reinforcements.
The mast is an ultra-stiff 95cm aluminium mast paired with an 800 cm2 front wing ensuring control for lighter riders. The115 Plus fuselage provides exciting racing format options and the widest wind range. The 95 Plus becomes an optional to explore higher speeds when windy or just for fun on slalom mode. The foil’s adjustable tail wing angle is what allows the foil to take off in such light winds and cover such a wide wind range. The front wing and mast need to be upgraded to 900 cm2 and carbon for going to Youth (more details below).
The short 56cm fin suits the narrow tail. It is better for launching in shore break and performs well on all angles.
The lightweight FGO 5m2, 6m2 and 7m2 sails with strong reinforcements in vital areas, cover a wide weight range, wind range and comes from Severne Sails’ world-leading development program. They offer huge trimming range, excellent cam rotation and reinforcements in vital stress areas.
The lightweight RDM Blue mast has a 90% carbon content for extra durability and optimum reflex. The boom is a V grip design aluminium monocoque design – perfect for smaller hands. 40% stiffer than a traditional round aluminum boom and with unmatched durability
THE iQFOiL JUNIOR U17 PACKAGE
The U17 sailor can use the 5.0, 6.0 or 7.0 (up to two sizes). When upgrading from the 5,0 a Severne RDM 460 mast is required.
UPGRADE TO YOUTH PACKAGE
Gear needed to upgrade: Severne HGO 8,0 rig(sail, mast, boom, extension), Carbon foil mast, front wing 900
“I am a windsurfer, kitesurfer and surfer. The last 5 years I have been foiling in all kinds of conditions using different types of equipment including wing foiling. I had the privilege to test the iQFOiL 85 Junior/ Youth board for the first time. We had around 10knots of wind and my first reaction once I was up on the foil was, “Wow, this is super stable and easy!” I really enjoyed the test session and I was also impressed to see how forgiving and easy it was to maneuver the board.“
– KORAY EZER–
Head of Performance at Oman Sail, Former National Windsurf coach.
“I am very happy to be one of the first riders on iQFOiL 85 Junior/youth. The board has a perfect shape and the planning surface is wide, easy to go upwind or downwind. The foil is easy to take off and keep stability on the water, and it is easy to keep foiling when doing gybe. Besides, the rig is light-weighted and easy to control. I hope iQFOiL 85 Junior / Youth will become official.“
– CHUI WING CHUN– HKG 20
47kg, born in 2004 Hong Kong
“Fast learning process. Great fun! I can teach foiling to much younger windsurfers with this equipment. Light equipment and stable rides make the rider feel safe.“
– MUKHTAR AL MUJAINI – Techno 293 Junior Team Coach
“The design of the board is perfect with a higher volume, so it fits for most of the junior and Youth windsurfers. The board is very stable, and it is easy to control when foiling. Also, the rig is more light than others, so it is controllable for foiling. I hope iQFOiL 85 Junior /Youth becomes universal.“
– KIKABHOY ASGAR – HKG 37
52kg, born in 2005
WHO HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE TESTS?
Testing of the iQFOiL Junior package included the Thai National Junior team(55 to 65 kg), World Champions Remi Vila (92kg) and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (84kg), Starboard designers Svein Rasmussen (69kg), Tiesda You (65kg) and Ex Thanupong (55kg). This wide panel was to secure the validation of different sized riders.
ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES ASSOCIATED
WITH THE iQFOiL PROGRAM
Each board is made 100x Climate net positive through the Mangroves planted in Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park. Our own Starboard Plastic Offset Program picks up 1.4 kg of ocean plastic per board sold. Strict environmental event guidelines and support will sit alongside World Sailing’s sustainability program.