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Crossover sails

Feb 8, 2010

NP Zen in actionBrawzinho on the North Duke

How is a CROSSOVER SAIL different from a WAVE SAIL?

This is a difficult question to answer because many brands design it a little differently. Some say they are more highwind freeride sails designed for choppy conditions while others define them as sails for covering a broad range of conditions from waves to flatwater (more of a "freestyle wave" definition).

BELOW we are listing the CROSSOVER SAILS that have more of a highwind flatwater bias... so be sure to also look at the "WAVE SAIL" category page to be sure to find what you are after. You are in the right spot if you are looking for a sail that does the following:

  • handles highwind in flatwater conditions
  • some are "freestyle" specific models (but not all so read the descriptions)...If you are looking for a sail to do new-school aerial freestyle on be sure to check out the wave sails as well
  • a couple are super fast and powerful no-cam specialty sails (Sailworks Hucker and Severne Mojo)

1. LISTED BELOW are all the CROSSOVER SAILS

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2010 CROSSOVER SAILS:

Aerotech Air X   

Aerotech Air X

Concept: Freestyle

The Air X is an awesome multipurpose sail. It excels at freestyle but it also freerides and wave sails nicely. It offers a lot of range on outhaul adjustment so you can tune it for your preferred feel. For 2009 this sail continues to be the best value in a 100% grid model. The sail has the soft feel of the Charge, but lots of power like the Phantom.

Construction: This model features 100% grid construction, a new raised stainless steel 6-1 pulley with oversized rollers, and insignia tape reinforcing. All sizes have adjustable heads. Rod battens are used for this range. These are some of the lightest weight hassle-free sails available.

Air X specs

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Hansen V Wave

Hansen V-Wave

The Hansen Sails Team announces the 2010 release of the V-Wave Freestyle orientated sail, which has been developed in conjunction with Pro sailor and instructor Jason Voss.

Primarily a 'luff-curve' dependent design, tuned perimeter tension and moderate built-in shape in the lower sections. Attention has been paid to a close relationship between overall inflation in the sail body, and upper leech position, to give a solid and predictable response. Outline, boom length, angle and height are all developed with the Freestyle sailor in mind. The foot cut is relieved and sail body is both light and durable to handle the abuse a Freestyle sail must endure.

Sizes are: 6.3, 5.6, 5.1, 4.6, 4.1, 3.6.
RDM masts are recommended but not required.
For further information contact: info@hansensails.com


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Hot Sails Maui Bolt

Hot Sails Maui Bolt

The Bolt is a durable lightweight four-batten wave and freestyle sail.

The Bolt is a new sail line for 2010. It was developed following the popularity of the 2009 DD—sailors loved the lightweight feel of the four battened sail but needed more maneuverability and added strength for the waves. The Bolt is powerful, light and strong with amazing freedom of movement. The straight cut foot and short boom allows previously unimaginable possibilities for extreme waveriding and freestyle moves. The deep profile with ample luff curve delivers plenty of power to get you moving and the elliptical profile with advanced shaping keeps it all under control. Strength comes from the all x-ply and woven cloth construction with no monofilm used.

Bolt specs

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Hot Sails Maui DD

Hot Sails Maui DD

The DD is a lightweight easy to handle crossover sail optimized for lightweight and smaller sailors.

The 2010 DD is a refined version of the immensely popular and groundbreaking 2009 sail. The design concept has been tuned to even better suit lightweight sailors of all abilities. Refinements in the shaping have produced a sail with even better control and handling. Weight is everything for the smaller sailor and the DD has been made as light as possible by utilizing four battens and lightweight materials. Its construction ensures the sail is tough where it needs to be and extra light where it does not, featuring X-ply and Heavy Duty Dacron in the foot area for extra strength and SX166 Ultra-light X-ply and Dynamic Dacron in the leech for minimum weight.

DD specs

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Hot Sails Maui Liquid

Hot Sails Maui Liquid

The Liquid is a versatile freeride sail that can be used in a wide variety of conditions with any board.

One of our most versatile sails, the Liquid bridges the gap between flatwater and wave sails. Designed to be the perfect crossover sail it's character morphs from a wave orientation in the small sizes to a faster racer sail in the large sizes. The materials used are also changed with thicker film on the small sizes and lighter film on the bigger ones. The sail can handle anything from flat water blasting to small waves and excels as a bump-and jump flyer. Powerful, stable and easy handling are the traits of this line. One quiver that can handle all the conditions most sailors ever experience. The new 2010 Liquid outline has increased the area in the bottom of the sail.

Liquid specs

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Maui Sails Loco

Maui Sails Loco

Building on feedback from our top freestyle riders like Taty Frans, Steven Van Broeckhoven, and Xenia Kessler, we have paid special attention to the many small things that make the difference for making the wild new moves that they continue to develop. Freestyle demands precise tension control and different twist character to be easy and consistent. Small outline changes to raise the foot, shaping to even the leech tension for those backwards flying moves, and structural panel arrangements to prevent weird maneuver damage, all flowed from our communication with the sailors.

A twisty new graphic, tough tack area reinforcements, the smoothest ever batten tension attachments, and a continued focus on durability make the 2010 Loco a perfect choice for top performance at a reasonable cost. Super light, stable, film construction translates into acceleration, speed, and controlled maneuvers that will keep any youthful performer happy at the highest level.

Loco specs

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Naish All Terrain

Naish All Terrain

The Naish All Terrain packs freeride speed and early planing onto an outline that is ideal for freestyle and even wave sailing. A single scrim luff panel and moderate aspect ratio combined with powerful shaping results in the most versatile sail in the Naish range, one that can take you from flat water blasting to full on wavesailing without breaking a sweat. New technical materials and 100% x-ply construction make it one of the highest quality sails in it's class.

    * Construction: Light Surf

    * Purpose: Freeride, freestyle, wave

    * Characteristics: Early planing, balanced power, good speed

    * Geometry: Single scrim luff panel, medium aspect ratio, 5 battens

All Terrain specs

NAISH WEBSITE

Neil Pryde Firefly

Neil Pryde Firefly

refly. The Firefly turns up the heat with more neutrality for easier freestyle performance in every sense. Power up, power down - Firefly entertains with super sensitive touch and control, and it’s just as happy pulling tricks in flat water as it is on a wave. Light to handle and quick to power, this is the sail that ignites the passion because it lets you make the rules on the water whatever the conditions. Firefly - just get the damn thing wet - it’ll take care of the rest.

 Firefly specs

NEIL PRYDE WEBSITE

Neil Pryde Excess

Neil Pryde Excess

Greed is good. If having it all is still not sufficient for you, then may we suggest the Excess. Excess puts you figuratively at the head of the table with the whole damn menu at your disposal. There’s a flavour here for every taste - flatwater blaster, bump and jumper, freestyle or wave, because on any given day, you can be one or all of these. It’s the heavy duty go-fast sail that feeds you everything with an expansive wind range and whiplash speed and acceleration.And if that’s still not enough, we can’t help you.

Excess specs 

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Neil Pryde Zen

Neil Pryde Zen

e power of one. One mast. One boom. Five sails. Simple. Riders looking for all the range-capability of multiple rigs without the usual compromise of a one-size-fits-all - this is most definitely your sail. Powerful yet balanced, versatile yet simple. Zen also travels light, it’s the ideal companion for global roaming because it demands less equipment, less space, and it won’t run up a tab with room service. Again: one mast, one boom, and 5 sails; 4.9 for high wind and wave sailing through to 7.2 for flatwater and freeride. Have Zen, will travel.

Zen specs

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North Duke

North Duke

The basic requirements for a Power Wave and a Freestyle sail are very similar: great planing potential combined with maximum handling and good controllability. The DUKE sizes up to 5.4m2, were designed as powerful Wave sails. By possessing the greatest trimming versatility of all our Wave sails, the DUKE ’s easily controlled by medium weight riders too. With the help of the brand new TWIN.TRIM.CLEW the variance of trim has improved again for 2010.

For sizes 5.9m2 and above, Kai Hopf improved the new DUKE strictly according to the specifications of our Double Freestyle World Champion Jose “Gollito” Estredo, Vice Freestyle World Champ Brawzinho and EFPT Champion André Paskowski. Already featuring 5 battens and HYPER.LEECH II it was the optimized foot geometry that really improved this season’s breakthrough in handling for modern Freestyle tricks. All DUKE models are made to suit SDM masts, which ideally fit this type of direct-feeling sail.

Duke specs

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North Natural

North Natural

In the course of laborious tests, Kai Hopf developed a new sail layout that requires much less trimming know-how. This means less time and knowledge is required for the setup, without need for subsequent adjustments!

As a result, the focus for sizes up to 6.6m2 is still on handling and pressure point stability, which explains why only 5 battens are in place.

At 7.0m2 and above, the design focuses on planing power and Kai Hopf once again concentrated on simple rig control and handling characteristics. Both versions offer excellent control, a high level of comfort, and plenty of planing ability - the perfect synthesis of speed, acceleration, and handling.

The NATURAL will make windsurfing much less complicated, and we believe that for many sailors the problem of choosing the right equipment is almost obsolete.

Natural specs

NORTH WEBSITE

RRD SuperStyle

RRD SuperStyle

The SUPER STYLE 2010 is a new design based on great success of the 2009 version. Placed at the top rankings of the German surf “onshore wave sails test” in March 2009, the new SUPER STYLE is a sail designed to suit most worldwide wave sailing conditions and excels also in freestyle manoeuvres.

Features: The new full X-ply body of the sail creates a great heavy-duty support to keep the shape in the right place on the whole sail, while the two lightweight monofilm windows allow to save some weight in the less stressed areas. This also creates and very new distinctive look that will make any SuperStyle sail an easy-to-spot sail in the water. The full, powerful draft profile of SuperStyle will give you plenty of speed and control to get moving, carve hard, and jump high. Strong and lightweight, the new SuperStyle is here to leave a track.

Superstyle 3.7 - Boom (cms). 141 - Luff (cms): 374 Battens: 5

Superstyle 4.1 - Boom (cms). 150 - Luff (cms): 387 Battens: 5

Superstyle 4.5 - Boom (cms). 156 - Luff (cms): 403 Battens: 5

Superstyle 4.9 - Boom (cms). 165 - Luff (cms): 418 Battens: 5

Superstyle 5.3 - Boom (cms). 172 - Luff (cms): 429 Battens: 5

Superstyle 5.8 - Boom (cms). 179 - Luff (cms): 455 Battens: 5

Superstyle 6.3 - Boom (cms). 186 - Luff (cms): 477 Battens: 5

Superstyle 6.8 - Boom (cms). 189 - Luff (cms): 488 Battens: 5

RRD WEBSITE

Sailworks Hucker

Sailworks Hucker

Muscle-car windsurfing is here in a high-octane design that is optimized for speed blasting and floaty hang time. Are you a bigger, taller more aggressive rider? The Hucker is a power rider's dream - with its firmer leech tension, and higher center of effort, its purpose-built for goin' fast and jumpin' high.

Taken to the air, the Hucker cheats gravity with its lofty hang time and long glide ratio. Wanna see a Hucker fly?

Hucker specs

SAILWORKS WEBSITE

Severne Gator

Severne Gator

The Gator crossover sail range covers every type of windsurfing conditions from around the globe. The core principles are manoeuvrability, durability and performance to enable the rider to take the same approach to their windsurfing whatever the conditions.

The smallest sizes are as comfortable in the waves as any of the dedicated wave lines, maintaining the soft and easy feel keeps them easy to use for flat water action. The medium sizes feature a blend of design and material characteristics designed to be manoeuvre orientated whilst comfortable for straight line blasting. The larger sizes of the Gator feature a lower foot, more powerfull profile and the lightest construction of the Gator line.This orientates the sail towards speed, stability and early planing combined with the Gator 'throw around' feel.

Gator specs

SEVERNE WEBSITE

Severne Mojo

Severne Mojo

Designed to deliver loads of power for high speed blasting and lofty airtime. the Mojo is ideally suited to heavier riders as well as the power-hungry. Deeper draft with a tensioned leech to accelerate, blast and fly.

Mojo specs

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