Pro's and Con's Wave<>Freestyle Sails

Which sail fits me best, my sailing style and my board?

The latest (board-) developments make it necessary to offer more than one radical wave sail. To understand the differences, the fundamental aspects below:

IDOL

 

+ Most radical freestyle and wave moves through 4-batten design
and weight-optimized construction
+ More draft forward than the Hero > more draft stable, especially
in overpowered conditions
+ More draft forward than the Hero > more lift for freestyle moves
which are jumped out of the leeward position
+ Most price attractive NorthSails Freestyle <> Wave sail


- No ripstop in the event of a hole (e.g. after a crash in the waves)
due to low X.PLY content

 

 

ID

 

+ Best of both worlds: up to 5.0 wave oriented design, larger
sizes freestye oriented
+ Use of ODL (high-tech Yachting laminate) makes the ID by
far our lightest wave sail (up to 700g lighter than VOLT)
+ Use of ODL makes the ID more elastic (better to pump)
than the VOLT


- Due to the fact that the ODL film is less than half as thick
as regular X.PLY the UV -resistance is limited > warranty
limited to 2 years

 

 

VOLT/VOLT HD

 

+ Most versatile Wave<>Freestyle sail in the range bridging
from flat water freestyle (or even freeride) up to wave
sailing
+ Most draft stable wave sail in the range, makes it
unbeatable in nuking gusty conditions
+ Most draft forward wave sail in the range > ideal on
single-fin down the line wave boards
+ Most draft forward wave sail in the range > best on-off
for down the line and freestyle moves


- Not enough backhand power for typical multi-fin wave
style

 

 

HERO

 

+ Earliest planing wave sail in the NorthSails range
+ Most draft back wave sail in the range > pull on both hands gives
you extra balance/stability
+ Most draft back wave sail in the range > works best on multi-fin
wave boards and/or single-fin boards on flat water
+ 4-batten design > most elastic and easiest to pump wave sail in the range


- Least draft stable wave sail in the range
- Too much backhand pressure for single-fin down the line
“carving” style

 

Impressions