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2019 Starboard Inflatable 9’6″ River

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The 2019 Starboard Inflatable 9’6″ River was designed with world renowned white water paddler, Dan Gavere, who relentlessly researches the outline and rocker profile to help make this the best choice for entry level and experienced paddlers. A stable, progressive, and bullet proof board that takes a first timer from navigating basic class 1 and 2 rapids to the ultimate in whitewater and river running performance.

The compact design, 36″ of width and massive amount of volume at 334 liters, makes the 9’6″ River great for heavier or big water paddlers by keeping the board planing over the boils and eddy line swirls. For 2019 Starboard have introduced an innovative Standing Tray with built up EVA sidewalls which allows riders to use the slight rail to wedge their feet for additional support in tough conditions.

The board of choice for performance whitewater SUP.

Two YEAR warranty.

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2019 Starboard 9’6″ x 36″ River Deluxe

Starboard injected 25 years of board building innovation into their 2019 inflatable board program. Their main focus was to build their boards stiffer, lighter, more stable, safer and way more durable. One feature, one of many unique to Starboard, is their Welding Technology.

Welding Technology: Heated and bonded for life. Glue is never forever. Mechanical bond = Strength and Durability. Starboard’s new welding technique turns two into one – using heat to bond two separate pieces of PVC into a single solid unit. Heat-welded PVC creates a mechanical bond that’s stronger, lasts longer – and is better for the environment.

Since the beginning inflatable boards have been glued together at the seam, so the boards only last as long as the glue. Over the last few years Starboard have worked with welding machine manufacturers to develop better machinery for seam welding. Then they helped train their selected OEM assembler to utilize this unique technology in Starboard’s exclusive production lines, resulting in a long lasting mechanical bond.

What’s new for 2019?

  • Innovative standing tray
  • Welding Technology. Mechanical bond = strength and durability
  • Wider and squarer nose to improve stability

Deluxe Technology, extra stiff

Fusion Technology: Top and bottom layers are fused in a single, glueless process. Lighter, stronger.

Double Layer Construction: Extra durable double layer skin deck and bottom for greater impact resistance from hitting rocks in the rivers.

Cleanest Technology: The deck and bottom lamination process is free of glue and solvent using stricter rules in plasticizer. Packaging of the board is free of plastic.

Faster board inflation, with less effort: The benchmark V8 flow valve gets you to 15–18 PSI faster and with less effort.


  • 6” Dropstitch with uni-directional connecting yarns increasing longitudinal stiffness
  • High grade EVA deck pad has a 3mm crocodile skin thick diamond groove in the standing area and all the way to the rail of the board. 6mm diamond groove crocodile EVA deck pad on the tail
  • Multiple EVA grab handles
  • Neoprene paddle holder and carry strap on the tail
  • Integrated d-ring in the valve area and bottom of the nose
  • Center US fin box for the shallow water designed PH fin
  • 4 side fin boxes will fit the standard removable white water fins or your favourite FCS fins in various combinations
  • Forward cargo area with bungee straps

Starboard Re-Cover Deluxe Bag

  • The Re-Cover bags have a RPET 450D outer fabric layer made from upcycled plastic bottles, in partnership with Waste2Wear. About 30-150 bottles are used to make each bag
  • Twin roller wheels for easy transport
  • Ergonomically shaped hiking straps and back support, which can be packed away in the strap free system
  • Inside and outside compressions straps
  • Reinforced diamond PVC for increased durability around the base
  • Name tag window
  • Strong, non corrosive zipper
  • The lightweight, durable and innovative choice for serious travellers

V8 Double Action Pump

  • Inflate your board with faster and easier continuous pumping cycle both in down and up actions
  • With a switch, the double action pump can convert to single action for easy inflation up to 18PSI
  • Allows effortless inflation due to the increased diameter of the intake and exhaust valves
  • The ergonomically designed foot pad creates a stable, comfortable platform for sustained effort in getting your board up to 18PSI, in the shortest amount of time


  • Length: 9’6″
  • Width: 36″
  • Tail width: 24″
  • Thickness: 6″
  • Volume: 334 liters
  • Weight: 32 lbs board only
  • Max payload: 230 lbs/105 kg
  • Fin: PH River Fin Black US Box and four Black FCS compatible white water fins
  • Warranty: 2 years

What’s in the box? This board comes with Starboard’s Re-Cover Deluxe SUP board Bag, fins, V8 Double Action High Pressure Pump, and a small repair kit.

Note: River range does not come with Starboard Lightweight Leash – white water paddling can be dangerous and requires the right kind of leash, know your area, know your limits.

View the Starboard Inflatable SUP Manual.

View the Starboard V8 Double Action Pump Manual.

View the Starboard Inflatable SUP Maintenance Guide.

Additional information

SKU 2018190601001
Shipping Weight 42 lbs
Shipping Dimensions 43 × 20 × 12 in



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