Nov 6, 2009
Popular windsurfing board manufacturer RRD jumped into the sail making game a few years ago. Like everything from RRD, these sails look really nice on the beach. We were happy to get our hands on their wave model, the WaveVogue 5.3, and try it out "on the water" at the AWSI industry demo in Hood River, Oregon.
The WaveVogue combines a smooth feel with ultimate durability. This feel, combined with pump-ability and a “quickly neutral” handling, makes it a top performer in gnarly surf conditions. It is also an excellent choice for lighter/smaller sailors in any conditions due to its short boom length and soft, forgiving handling. The outline and twist characteristics of the Wave Vogue make it feel lighter and turn tighter in the waves, and therefore ideal to perform in those unforgettable wave sessions.
The Vogue's bomber construction (with PVC window) makes for an elastic sail with even a lighter feeling than we expected. The draft is low and a little forward keeping the sail light. Some finesse in trimming is needed to find power, but not any more than with other down-the-line wavesails. Experienced sailors will find that the elasticity responds quite quickly so it can still get you planing in a hurry if you know what you are doing. At speed, the Vogue is well balanced with an efficient foil that stays light (without that draggy feeling some super soft sails create). It is not a good match to double footstrap freeride boards or any board with a speed oriented set-up (i.e. boards with a longer spread between mast base and footstraps). We recommend the WaveVogue works best on waveboards, freestyleboards and modern manouverable freestyle wave shapes (like the RRD Freestyle Wave).
Jibing and Handling:
The soft feel and low draft keeps things super light in transitions. There's not much to pull you into an aggressive jibe or huck you into big freestyle moves, but through tuning you can raise the draft a little for more grunt. Smaller sailors who are light on their feet will definitely fall in love with this sail.
Rigging and tuning:
The Vogue's sensitivity to downhaul makes it a sail for riders who have a keen eye for detail. What we mean is that adding just a centimeter of additional downhaul will have a substantial effect on the sail's performance. Be sure just to fine-tune! With time riders will easily become familiar with the Vogue's subtleties.
The WaveVogue is a great choice for wave sailors or smaller riders who want a sail that will last forever without feeling heavy.
- RRD WaveVogue info on robertoriccidesign.com