For 2012 windsport.com will be posting individual Buyers' Guides for each category of board and sail to help you find the best board for you. We are putting each category together in one place that includes info from the manufacturers along with videos and advice to get you started. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to either 'post a comment' at the bottom of the article or e-mail it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. —Pete DeKay, editor
This category is made up of the most hardcore wavesails. They are designed to depower beautifully on the wave and standout particularly in side to side-offshore wind conditions. However, some brands are designing 4-batten sails for this exact purpose as well, so be sure to check out that category by clicking on the button below. To make it easy here are a few descriptions of riders looking for these types of sails:
Down-the-Line Wave Sailors: If you ride in side to side-off conditions
Smaller Statured Riders: Smaller sailors often enjoy the light and less powerful feel of these type of sails
Freestylers: Sails that depower easily are often the choice of new school aerial tricksters
Link to one of the other comparable wavesail Buyers' Guides for 2012 by clicking the image below:
DOWN-THE-LINE WAVE SAILS:
Concept:Side shore wave The Charge is Aerotech's down-the-line wave sail. This model has the ability to hold good power when needed but remains neutral for transitions or wave riding. The Charge features a 'drop-clew' design which allows for shorter boom lengths and improved handling. Aerotech was the first to offer a 100% grid sail and the Charge continues that tradition. Lots of color gives this sail a real “look at me” appeal. It is one of the most durable wave sails ever produced using triple throw stitch seam construction.
Other features include; an anti-chafe bumper in the head, new raised stainless steel 6-1 pulley with oversized rollers, thermo-formed base pad and interactive rigging guide. All battens are rods.
The UDL04 Technora limited edition version features the ultra light, ultra strong UDLO4 material. This cloth is substantially lighter and allows the sail to be 10% to 15% lighter than standard models. Designed for those who deserve the best.
EZZY PANTHER LIMITED
Introducing the Panther Limited series. Our new color fusion process makes every sail uniquely beautiful.
The “Panther Limited” is the lightest and most advanced sail David Ezzy has ever built.
200 grams lighter.
Even easier handling.
Increased wind range.
Better balance and stability.
New designer sailcloth called “Color Fusion Tri-Lite” that makes every sail unique. No two sails are exactly the same…but each is gorgeous.
New head profile gives unparalleled control, even when grossly overpowered.
New innovative tack strap ruler, for insuring pinpoint accuracy for base extension settings.
Every Panther Limited is rigged and fine tuned in our factory before shipping.
At Ezzy we offer unmatched customer service. Email us at (email@example.com) and you will get a personal response within 12 hours.
The 2012 GURU offers unbeatable high wind comfort and control, flexible feeling and smooth, forward driving power delivery. Finger tip handling and and easily neutralized in transitions.
It comes with an Ever Clear window and all scrim and x-ply construction, resulting in incredible strength and light weight, great power and unbeatable high wind control.
New for 2012 are a much lighter construction weight, due to a scrim panel coverage of about 70%, resulting in a stronger and lighter feeling on the water.
Jason Diffin: “The GURU is the ultimate wave and high wind performance sail. Major advancements in materials and component technology create a new GURU model that has better low end, is lighter, and is more tunable than ever. The sail is easy incredibly easy to handle and depower even in the most radical conditions, and the GURU still offers the trademark flexible and comfortable feeling it has become famous for.”
HOT SAILS MAUI FIRELIGHT
The revolutionary Firelight will transform the way you think about windsurfing.
The first thing you notice about the Firelight is its weight; at only 2.9kg for a 5.3m this is the lightest production 5 batten wave sail on the market today. Once on the water this is transferred into a light and direct feel in the hands, which redefines possibilities in your wave sailing. Whether you sail in onshore bump and jump or mast high Ho'okipa you will complete more moves, build confidence and develop skills faster.
The range was designed to rig on shorter masts compared to other sails in our lineup with the 6.0m perfectly suited to a 400cm and the 4.7m on a 370cm mast; this further reduces overall rig weight.
The key materials used are the ODL09 Technora and the super light C1295 laminate supplied by USA based market leader Dimension-Polyant. These exotic materials enable us to deliver a super light and responsive sail, which is built to survive the toughest of conditions.
The new Fire is the ultimate wave riding sail with maximum control. The new Fire has been created to push the limits of wave sailing even further.
Lightened, but still very strong with more power the Fire becomes even more potent on the wave. The top section of the Fire incorporates our X166 super lightweight X-ply. This low stretch material reduces the weight in the top of the sail without sacrificing performance. The profile of the sail has been changed to increase the draught low in the sail and allow a wider range of sheeting angles. Also to improve power the sail outline has been changed to increase the area in the bottom half of the sail. Overall the low end is improved yet the sail maintains the superb handling on the wave it is famous for. The revolutionary Fire continues to dominate as the ultimate wave riding sail.
New Fire sail features: X166 super lightweight x-ply in top of sail. Improved low-end power. Cleaner, ultra stable shape. Larger area of heavy duty Dacron in foot.
Features: Six battens still keep the Fire rock solid. We are often asked why we continue with this batten layout and our answer is always the same: It delivers the ultimate stability and smoothest performance in real wind.
We have kept a 175-micron window in the sail to ensure the ultimate visibility. When you're in critical conditions, you do not want to be looking through a bunch of lines in Xply.
Precision sail shape is a hallmark of the Fire. This sail can be rigged with extreme downhaul if needed and not loose any of the precise feeling that normal rigging delivers. Great when the wind is not your friend.
HOT SAILS MAUI SUPERFREAK MAUI EDITION
The SuperFreak Maui Edition is Jeffrey Henderson's new personal design wave sail. He took everything he loves about the SuperFreak, (and that is nearly everything) and combined it with all the most contemporary pure wave sail features.
The result is a sail with a much more loose leech, extreme maneuverability, and is very lightweight yet tough. It is designed for wave riding and also for freestyle as there is more room for your body to move in extreme moves.
Landing jumps like a back loop is easier with the looser leech, and any underwater recovery is a snap. Power is strong; with better pull out of low wind situations due to the increased shape below the boom.
Features: The Superfreak Maui Edition is super tough. The Maui Edition adds a heavier foot panel, and lower stretch panels in the upper part of the sail to allow for higher down haul loads.
The construction is second to none, and the durability of the materials is legendary. All the edges of woven cloths are folded and hemmed under, all seams are glued and triple stitched. The mast sleeve can withstand having the mast break in two and splinter without damage to the sail. These are not normal features on ANY other brand of sail.
So take this sail for a trip over any reef and punish them all you want, you will not be disappointed.
The Purelip is Loft’s hard-core wave design that excels in both onshore and sideshore conditions. Extreme trim-reactivity is key… Loftsails are consistently credited with the broadest of wind ranges in magazine tests.
Our Pure Lip 2012 evolved from our Lip Wave 2011. The new Pure Lip is HARD CORE- no other wave sails are built like it! The Loft’s exclusive Integrated Panel Concept: dual 3-layer clew radials extend from under the clew eyelets into the total x-ply Pure Lip body, creating resistance against white water & shore break that other designs cannot match. Pure Lip triple layer foot construction with total kevlar foot panels, kevlar leech perimeter panels and dual luff panel 2plys maximize Pure Lip longevity.
For 2012 the Pure Lip enjoys significant weight reduction and improved leech reactivity. You can feel the result: the Pure Lip 2012 adapts to your riding style and your windsurfing conditions. Express yourself with confidence with your Pure Lip.
Wave sailing is a race, even more so when there is a competition. You only have so much time to enjoy a good swell and only so much energy. To be most upwind, first in the peak, to have power through the whitewater, and to have speed to jump, you need maximum efficiency, power, and pointing ability. There is no start-finish line, but the needs are the same.
The Legend design has experienced significant evolution for 2012, fueled by a combination of technical knowledge gained during race sail development and a passionate desire to exploit the most critical sections of the wave. The Legend reaps the full benefits of daily development and testing, both in the loft and on the water, in the worlds best wavesailing conditions. A modified, shorter luff and higher cut foot outline combined with softer shaping has resulted in a sail that fits perfectly into any wave and will put you wherever you want to be. Light feel and smooth, balanced power allow the Legend to perfectly transition from driving hard bottom turns to flawlessly releasing during radical cutbacks and maneuvers - said Artur Szpunar, co-sail designer.
The shortened luff length moves the forces down, and allows 10kg less tension on average for the softer luff curves. This translates into easy acceleration even on the most radical short wave boards, and unmatched ability to get upwind quickly. Catch more waves, in less time using less energy. A nearly straight foot makes all the aerial maneuvers and wave riding smooth and easy without interference.
The Legend is a full XPly™ wave sail made with the finest U.S. manufactured laminates, including for this year, a specialized Small Yarn/Light Film material used in the upper portions to keep the light feel and smooth handling necessary of tight turning down-the-line sailing. Adding a third color to Art’s bold graphic designs makes these new MauiSails most recognizable on the water, complimenting the amazing performance.
MAUISAILS GHOST XT
Even though this whisper soft, wonderfully efficient, pure wave sail feels barely there, it has the substance to create more demand as the word spreads about how well it performs. The original goal was to make super light larger sizes that would carry well in big surf and light wind. As more and more people tried and liked them, they also asked for smaller sizes, simply because of the feel and the durability of the 100% Technora™ laminate (ODL04).
Now in its third year, the revolutionary, ultra light Ghost XT benefits from a new shorter luff and higher foot outline similar to the Legend. This results in the most unbelievably light handling and agile wave sail available. Not only is the Ghost XT light but the Technora™ fibres used in the Ghost laminate X-Ply™ are three times stronger than polyester yarns used in other “light weight” materials. Over the past two winters Art has been abusing his Ghost XT on the northshore’s biggest days, and not once has there been a torn sail body pane - said Artur Szpunar, co-sail designer.
A complete unidirectional Kevlar™ frame and full XPly™ construction, including our custom 6mil window XPly™, guarantees shape stability and durability. And the new Legend style outlines make all aspects of surfing fluid and controllable. The Ghost… it feels like it’s hardly there. The lightness and response are so good the experience will haunt you in the best of ways.
In response to the Ghost XT’s immense popularity and customer demand for smaller sizes, we have also added an amazing new 4.5 to the range, designed and developed for the MauiSails SRS Wave 370 rdm mast.
What is Technora™: Technora™ is a very strong and light para-aramid fiber. Its tensile strength to weight ratio is 3x greater than that of fiberglass, polyester or nylon yarns which are other common fibres used in laminate sail cloth. Technora™ also has excellent fatigue resistance which means that it holds up very well to repeated loading, flexing, abrasion and UV. The Technora™ laminate cloth used in the GHOSTXT provides the ultimate in light weight and stability with good durability.
Target: Sideshore surfers and lighter riders.
Designed with a moderate aspect ratio and a draft-forward shape defined by a single Dacron luff panel and 5 battens, the Session delivers a soft feel, excellent control and balanced front hand pressure. It has plenty of available power, yet can go “neutral” thanks to its soft leading edge.
Ultralight Surf construction with Radial Kevlar Airframe
Draft forward, soft leech, light feel
Single Dacron luff panel, moderate aspect ratio, 5 battens
On the brand new ICE Kai Hopf dug deep into his bag of tricks. At first glance, perhaps you just realise the new design and the more compact appearance - the 2012 edition of our World Cup wave sail has made a big step forward to get the maximum out of any situation and take the victory - even in the most critical conditions!
Numerous changes are hidden in detail. E.g. the shorter luff has a very positive effect. Everything feels more compact and at the same time more neutral making the ICE easier than ever to handle. The handling has improved significantly, without loosing any planing power of its predecessor thanks to a modified luff curve and optimised profile distribution. It is unbelievable how just a few centimetres can make such a change! In addition, key success factors were obtained for the ICE. E.g. the unique base geometry, which will lower the center of gravity making the sail neutral. Or the impressive performance over a very wide wind range and the instantaneous reaction. This is the result of the iMODULAR.DESIGN.
Also: The sail weight is decreased by 10%! Working best on single-fin boards, the ICE was designed for all World Cup spots. It functions equally well from Ho’okipa to Sylt, to Gran Canaria or at your favourite spot. All ICE sizes were designed for RDM masts, but are still compatible with our SDM masts. That’s why the new ICE feels softer and can be easily controlled and pumped onto the plane. These abilities are also supported by the modified luff curve and the optimised leech tension.
ICE HD edition: Ultimate durability in the most brutal of conditions: The Ice is also available in monofilm-free, hardcore X.PLY version!
New: reduced luff length and approx. 10% reduced sail weight makes the sail feel a lot lighter in your hands
New: iBUMPER, the most advanced and effective molded mast protector
TWIN.TRIM.CLEW allows for individual tuning increasing the range of use
Designed to work best on RDM masts but still fully compatible with our SDM masts
MINIMUM.MAST.CONCEPT: one mast (400-19) fits all sizes
5 Year Warranty
NORTH ID (4.2 to 5.0-meter)
Totally new, totally radical and built with the greatest addiction: ID ultralight - the signature model of Victor Fernandez Lopez, Wave World Champion 2010! As the name suggests the ID is a mix between ICE and Duke, which combines the best of both worlds (up to 5.0 based on the ICE design, 5.4 and bigger based on the DUKE design). The result is a super lightweight Freestyle Wave sailing range, which uses the futuristic high-tech laminate “ODL” from yacht sails instead of traditional XPly. This material is 50% lighter than conventional sail cloth and pushes the weight to incredibly low values. To clarify: The weight of the ID ultralight corresponds to a 1.5 smaller DUKE/ICE (e.g. 5.0 compares to 3.5)!
Instantly the ID ultralight is the talk on the beach. It feels absolutely neutral, does not show any unwanted life of its own and is a feather in your hands so that you nearly forget about the sail during moves and manoeuvres. This is one of the most important aspects especially of freestyle! It spins incredibly fast through all tricks even during the most difficult duck moves and feels as if you rotate without sail. With the ID ultralight the success rate of difficult manoeuvres and the fun increases straight away making you automatically go for even more radical moves!
Designer Kai Hopf has compiled the ID ultralight without any compromise. Compared to ICE and DUKE the ID feels a bit softer and adapts to any rotation almost automatically. Not only that maneuvers are becoming much easier but also get performed with more speed. This is due to the sophisticated profile distribution. And all of this over a wide wind range as the ID ultralight has a surprisingly large trimming range.
Two important points: 1. All ID ultralight are designed for RDM masts, yet fully compatible with our SDM masts. 2. Even if other brands do not speak about it, we tell the truth: ultra light-weight can only be achieved through the reduction of material thickness. Since the film thickness of the ODL laminate is reduced to the absolute minimum, the UV stability is limited. Therefore, this sail is excluded from the usual NorthSails 5.year.warranty!
NEW: Ultra-light for maximum handling thanks to the trend setting high tech yachting laminate "ODL"
NEW: iROCKET, NorthSails lightest batten tensioner of all time
NEW: Super lightweight multi-layer sandwich clew patch
Only two masts cover all sail sizes
Ideal on RDM masts - still fully compatible on our SDM masts
NEIL PRYDE COMBAT
Combat is an all-round wave sail. It performs equally in all conditions – from huge, white water onshore to perfect cross-offshore winds and peeling waves. It combines versatility with performance. Combat is built extra tough for aggressive, hard-riding wave sailors who are looking for durability.
FULL ARMOURWEB construction for optimum durability. MODERATE LUFF CURVE and shaping making the sail extremely versatile. LOW ASPECT RATIO keeps the power low down where it can be controlled easily. PROGRESSIVE LUFF CURVE: makes the sail tuneable to accommodate its versatility. The sail will always have a reasonable draft in the bottom, under minimal and maximum downhaul settings.
What's new? A little more draft in the bottom of the sail allows the sail to be more versatile, giving power when needed and allowing the sail to be used with a lower outhaul setting. Increased yarn thickness in the window panel creates greater rip resistance.
"The Combat is extremely stable, allowing you to use it within a large range of conditions. Use less downhaul when you need power or tighten the outhaul and pull on more downhaul when you’d like the sail to be more neutral."--Robby Swift
COMBAT TOUR editon: Combat Tour will suit a rider looking for extreme durability and versatility, performing equally well in all conditions. The Tour’s clear window improves visibility for better positioning on the wave – or just to keep an eye on your competition.
Combat Tour has been designed for a perfect combination of durability and visibility. It features the bomb-proof ArmourWeb construction and a monofilm window for optimum visibility during competitions.
Re-designed with the help of wave specialist John Skye, the new wave vogue has been refined in both outline, window designs and overall shape. The bullet proof construction of this heavy-duty surf sail is achieved through the use of 3 different type of top quality x-ply materials in different weights/strengts for different areas of the sail. No compromise with cost effective panel layouts, only pure performance and top notch design oriented choices.
Features: The all X-ply body panelling plus tri-ply window of the Wave Vogue creates a surf sail with a combination of a smooth feel with ultimate durability. This smooth feel, combined with Pump-ability, a Focused Power Point and “quickly neutral” handling, makes the Wave Vogue the sail of choice for riders looking for top performance at the highest level in gnarly surf conditions. The Wave Vogue 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 Revolution wave sails come with classic Sailworks stability and elasticity, they deliver squirty acceleration in a light, forward pull. Power on, to hit your move .... power off, to keep it flowing. Tune it full and tight for maximum blast around juice, or flat and twisted for intense stability and control.
Ready for rough and tumble riding with an optimized composite construction of three x-ply weights in bi-axial, tri-axial and scrim laminates to save weight where loads are low, while ensuring durability where stress is high and impacts are likely. All high tensile stress areas are Kevlar reinforced for managed load dispersion, and all internal and external rub points are chafe protected for long term durability.
The Revolution is an adaptable, maneuver oriented, all-purpose wave and freestyle sail.
More tech, less weight -- Manoeuvre oriented wave and freestyle
The S-1 is light, manoeuvrable and technical redefining progressive performance and instant response. It is built using very latest Severne material technology and new school shaping. With a flatter profile, tighter skin tension and manoeuvre biased geometry, the S-1 responds at light speed. This allows for precision placement of the rig in any wave or freestyle manoeuvre. To promote weight loss, the S-1 is stripped back maintaining only the essential technology and materials creating the lightest Severne sail.
Product Ideology: • Light and manoeuvrable. • Flatter profile and tighter skin tension • Biased towards manoeuvre orientated wave and freestyle
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