Starboard’s Lima Paddle: A Quick Review

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Paddles that win: Let’s take a look at the 2019 Starboard Lima race paddle, chosen by Starboard’s team of world champion stand up paddle athletes as their paddle of choice.  See the action in the video below!

Starboard Lima: Highest Performing Paddle in the 2019 Starboard Range

The 2019 Starboard Lima stand up paddle design includes a direct catch and ability to redirect automatically allowing riders to paddle harder and pay less attention to their stroke. Starboard team riders proclaim the paddle’s newly developed shape propels their board’s faster through the water.

Starboard Lima stand up paddle blade face

Lima:  Design Details & Enhancements

The Starboard Lima holds four pronounced concaves in each paddle face contributing to its high performance design. The new rounded tip now features a smaller surface area hitting the water during entry.  The result?  A smooth penetration of paddle blade reducing impact on the shoulders and the rest of the body.

The concave on the Lima’s paddle face guides the water across the blade face controlling the wobble and increasing water flow speed. The concave’s edge is round-shaped at the tip  and becomes sharper as it moves up the paddle face in order to dictate the water flow and stabilize the blade as it slices through the water. A paddler’s power is then transferred into a straight forward motion so athletes don’t have to depend solely on stroke technique in order to maintain forward alignment.

The Lima’s narrow and flat profile allows you to place the blade right next to the rail of your board.  The 10 degree angle on the paddle face creates efficiency in the power phase of every stoke, allowing you to paddle forward straighter than ever before.


Lima:  Construction

Starboard uses long-grain low density balsa core for paddle strength and sensation. This is layered with a double-biaxial carbon coat for better rebound and lightest weight. An ABS rail insert is added along the blade’s entire edge for increased durability and an extended reinforcement along the blade neck adds to greater overall strength.

In the 2019 collection, the Lima comes in two blade shapes:
LIMA LTD (flatwater & race)
LIMA (flatwater).

Let’s get out there and make that racing / flatwater blade happen!  Anybody have a review they’d like to offer up?  Email us at or leave your thoughts in the comments below.


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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.