Note: This review is outdated and the board reviewed is no longer for sale. I recommend you read my new 2016 Starboard Atlas Zen Review instead.
Stable board designed for larger riders with flatwater cruising in mind.
ASAP = “As strong as possible.”
The Starboard ASAP Atlas is an economical, beginner friendly cruising SUP. As part of the Starboard Atlas line, this is a large and stable board at 12′ x 33″. It’s designed with hard and soft features, allowing for a durable and high-weight capacity ride with the comforts of an all-purpose learning or cruising board.
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The main focus of the ASAP Atlas is to provide stability and control for a wide range of paddlers. If you’re looking for a maneuverable, versatile all-arounder – one that can perform well shredding through chop and handling surf – this might be a little too unwieldy.
However, if your goal is to take long paddles along the shore, or go on extended flatwater journeys and explore coastal features, the Starboard ASAP Atlas is a great option.
This board tracks well and provides ample stability for riders up to 230 lbs. The design includes soft EVA padded features across the deck, rails, and tail. This adds a lot of comfort to a board with a fairly rigid construction make-up.
Using Starboard’s ASAP technology, this board features a blend of highly resistant and durable materials with soft, user-friendly accents.
The core is EPS foam bolstered by layered fiberglass and a unidirectional composite stringer. Plus there’s a wood half deck to support rider weight and increase dent resistance.
The rails of this board are protected by hard rubber (aka high-density EVA). The Atlas ASAP also has a full deck pad, with a 4mm thick traction pad covering the rear 2/3 of the board.
Including high density rubberized rails is a nice feature for those of us who take our boards along the shore and worry about dings, cracks, and scrapes from banging against rocks. Or dropping the board onto the pavement! There is also a layer of soft EVA foam at the tail of the board.
This board also features a thruster fin set up. This three fin design includes a center fin box and FCS side fin compatibility. Paddlers love this option because it enhances the overall performance, allowing for easier turning and increased stability. The stock molded plastic center fin is 8″ and side fins are 4.5″.
SUP Board Specs
|Fin||Thruster compatible (8″/4.5″|
|Weight Capacity||Rated for paddlers up to 231 lbs|
|Board Weight||34 lbs|