PRO‘S + CON‘S WAVE SAILS

Which wave 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:

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

 

ID
+ Best of both worlds: up to 5.0 based on the ICE design,
larger sizes based on the DUKE
+ Use of ODL (high-tech Yachting laminate) makes the ID by
far our lightest wave sail (up to 700g lighter than ICE and
DUKE )
+ Use of ODL makes the ID more elastic (better to pump)
than ICE and DUKE
- Due to the fact that the ODL laminate is less than half
as thick as regular XPly the UV-resistance is limited >
warranty limited to 2 years

 

ICE
+ 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
- Least powerful wave sail in the range
- Not enough backhand power for typical multi-fin wave style

 

DUKE
+ Most versatile wave sail in the range bridging from flat
water freestyle (or even freeride) up to power wave sailing
+ Biggest wind range of all wave sails in the range
- Too grunty/direct for light-weight guys in the waves

Impressions