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
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.