Many thanks to Jeff Venn, who shared with us his review of the 2015 Starboard brushed carbon Pocket Rocket:
I’ve been stand up paddle boarding for a few years now after surfing for the last 30. Finding the right balance of performance and stability in a stand up surf sup is the hardest part. After hunting down a carbon fiber version of the Starboard Hero model, I ran into Epic Boardsports of Cocoa Beach Florida online and gave them a ring. Unfortunately, Jennifer had just sold the last two brushed carbon Starboard Hero boards she had and there were literally none available in the US. The waves were really good that day and I had travelled south from Jacksonville, so she said come on in and surf out behind the shop and check out our selection. When I went inside I saw all the great performance boards from Starboard, Naish, and a few others. I was after a Starboard brushed carbon model and ended up moving to an carbon 8’5” Starboard Pocket Rocket from my Starboard brushed carbon 8’2” Wide Point. The Starboard Pocket Rocket is 8’5 long and 30″ wide, and has 10 liters more volume than the 8’2 Starboard wide point but is quite narrower and has a pulled in tail and five fin boxes so that you can ride with either a quad or thruster setup. It was a great upgrade and the board is more responsive and maneuverable than my Wide Point and is still plenty stable.
After wrapping up his Cocoa Beach session across from the shop at 4th St., North, Jeff headed a little further south…………….
The secret bonus was that I happened to catch monster hole that afternoon, which was firing too!!! You can see a shot of monster hole that day here http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/florida-steals-the-show-as-east-coast-sees-solid-swell-from-offshore-winter-storm-the-purple-blob-that-ate-the_122900/.