Hero 2017-08-05T04:15:01+00:00

Hero / Hero M.E.

4-Batten-Wave

With the 2017 HERO we created the most universal 4-batten wave sail, a true World Cup weapon to work in all conditions around the globe. The brand-new edition with HOLLOW.LOWER.LEECH and reworked twist pattern is even more stable and balanced now, yet delivering superb power when underpowered. On top the favorite sail of wave superhero Victor Fernandez guarantees maximum performance independently of the sailor’s weight.

Sizes

  • 3.0
  • 3.4
  • 3.7
  • 4.0
  • 4.2
  • 4.5
  • 4.7
  • 5.0
  • 5.3
  • 5.6
  • 5.8

SailCharacteristics

Ideal Board
Ideal Board
Multi-FinSingle-Fin
Wind Range
Wind Range
PlaningStability
Freestyle Ability
Freestyle Ability
New-SchoolClassic
Weight <> Durability
Weight <> Durability
Low WeightDurability

HeroKey Features

  1. NEW: HOLLOW.LOWER.LEECH (scooped leech outline) with additional MINI.BATTEN stabilizes the profile right above the boom and prevents leech flattering
  2. NEW: RADIAL.LOAD.STRIPES at the clew improve the stability and extend the wind range
  3. NEW: made to survive: the new HERO features the smallest monofilm window of any 4-batten sail on the market
  4. 150 grams lower weight due to WEIGHT.OPTIMIZED.PANEL.LAYOUT
  1. 5.3 and 5.6 are designed around the RDM400 mast now
  2. Extremely sturdy, unbreakable epoxy battens
  3. iBUMPER, the most advanced and effective molded mast protector
  4. BALANCED.LUFF.LENGTH: luff as short as possible for radical handling and as long as necessary for maximum wind range
  5. 2+3.YEAR.WARRANTY: Get an additional 3 year Warranty: register here
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Hero / Hero M.E.Tech Specs

SIZE 3,0 3,4 3,7 4,0 4,2 4,5 4,7 5,0 5,3 5,6 5,8
Boom max (cm) 140 142 147 151 155 159 163 167 171 176 181
Luff max (cm) 351 357 361 374 380 390 404 410 423 434 441
Vario top
Battens 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Weight (kg)
(Hero/M.E.)
2.60/2.50 2.70/2.60 2.80/2.70 2.90/2.80 3.00/2.90 3.10/3.00 3.20/3.10 3.30/3.20 3.40/3.30 3.50/3.40 3.60/3.50
Mast Type
(Best/Alt.)
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Platinum /
Gold>Silver
Mast Geo
(Best/Alt.)
RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/– RDM/–
Mast Length
(Best/Alt.)
370 370/400 370/400 370/400 370/400 370/400 400/370 400 400 430/400 430

PWA Wave World Champion 2010 and 2016Victor Fernández

“Light and elastic like a 3-batten- yet as stable as a 5-batten-sail”

Rider Profile

HeroDetails

Tireless progression and the new HOLLOW.LOWER.LEECH make the HERO an exceptional hardcore wave sail. It performs on top level even at the toughest spots like on the Canaries and in South Africa. There the HERO works perfectly in overpowered jumping conditions. At the same time it is incredibly powerful in underpowered down the line surfing, like on Maui and Mauritius

Introduced with last years HERO, Kai Hopf moved up the batten above the boom to enlarge the gap to the foot batten, similar to a 3-batten sail. This BATTEN-FREE.BOOMZONE makes for a great on-off. The batten-free zone is also super effective to pump and offers no resistance for the wind to fill out the profile in underpowered surf, just like a typical 3-batten sail!

To create maximum stability in high wind Kai added two MINI.BATTENS and a HOLLOW.LOWER.LEECH right above the boom. The new RADIAL.LOAD.STRIPES starting from the clew stabilize especially the batten-free zone making for a seamless and constant load distribution. 

The outcome is a 4-batten wave sail with an unmatched wind range! It combines best low-end power of the 2016 HERO with the control and stability of the successful 2015 model. The low weight makes for incredible handling, while rigging you can already imagine how light and soft the sail feels. The rotation is as smooth as silk, even with minimal outhaul tension. The top of the sail works very effectively to support the power, therefore you can safely choose a sail size smaller than with many other wave sails. This applies to almost any rider, regardless of their weight. For sure the new HERO is the best choice for wave oriented rider and an essential around any wave break.

HERO M.E. 

Absolutely identical in design, the HERO M.E. differs only in the reduced amount of CROSS.YARN.LAMINATE and a standard protector. This price advantage we are happy to pass on.

2017Color Combinations

Hero C11

C11: Zenith.Blue – New.Orleans.Blue
ART.No. 14700-1200

Hero C17

C17: Ferrari.Red – Snow.White
ART.No. 14700-1200

Hero M.E. C07

C07: New.Orleans.Blue – Ferrari.Red
ART.No. 14700-1201

2017Warranty

Wanna extend your 2 year warranty by another 3 years?

To secure the extended warranty claims please register within 30 days.
Otherwise just the legal warranty period can be granted!

Register here

SailFeatures

Perfect trim and huge wind range!

Forget the time-consuming search for the ideal harness line position, the numb forearms, and the endless fiddling around! The patented print on the sail shows exactly where the center of the harness line has to be. Just position the two ends symmetrically at the left and right of the print, that‘s all.

Say goodbye to misplaced harness lines!

Forget the time-consuming search for the ideal harness line position, the numb forearms, and the endless fiddling around! The patented print on the sail shows exactly where the center of the harness line has to be. Just position the two ends symmetrically at the left and right of the print, that‘s all.

Quality guaranteed – No other brand offers something similar

Short-term thinking minimum weight is great. But over-reducing necessary reinforcements automatically reduces the longevity. NorthSails is famous for the perfect ratio weight to durability. To prove the superior durability and quality, we grant a unique 2+3.YEAR.WARRANTY on all our sails (does not include monofilm)! To secure the extended warranty claims please immediately register under north-windsurf.com/eng/warranties/register. Otherwise just the legal warranty period can be granted!

Perfect load distribution

On regular top caps and pin systems the webbing is connected in a “one-dimensional“ way with the sail body (either side to side or front to back). For the first time our new 3D.TOP.CAP allows a “3-dimensional“ transition of the downhaul forces into the sail body. This eliminates top flattering and guarantees a progressive loose leech extending the wind-range. The integrated abrasion ribs eliminate the need for heavy, bulky reinforcements at the top-end of the mast sleeve.

Twice as durable, half the stretch

NorthSails stands for unsurpassed quality that guarantees a longer life for our sails. The triple zig-zag seams significantly contribute to this. And they don‘t come, as usual, in a single, but in a double version! They cover all exposed crash areas that would otherwise be damaged. The result is higher resistance to tear and a reduction of stretch by up to 50% as a result of the second seam, also benefiting profile stability and performance. Only the DOUBLE.SEAM.TECHNOLOGY by NorthSails can deliver this!

More protection, less abrasion

The iBUMPER is probably the most innovative mast protector on the market. Under heat its highly resilient surface material gets thermally connected to a shock-absorbing foam. The intelligent arrangement of the ribs and surfaces not only offer weight advantages, but also eliminates the two most common problems. The contoured upper section provides unprecedented bump protection and cushioning in the event of foot or lower leg contact. The lower part however is designed towards maximum abrasion resistance to meet the frequent board contact. This is indicated by the absence of ribs and the generous surface. Smart detail: a mesh pocket at the inside to store the excess downhaul rope.

No stretch, no tension loss

What has been proven in safety belts is just good enough for us windsurfers! As the only manufacturer we use Polyester webbing at the (vario) top, the tack roller and the batten tensioner attachment-loops. The advantage over conventional Polypropylene is the almost non-existing stretch. Even brand new sails now keep the full downhaul tension and need not be re-tensioned. The same is true for the batten tensioner. A small detail with a great effect!

Fewer layers, lower weight

With the newly developed high-tech PURE.PATCH.TECHNOLOGY one layer of PURE PE material replaces the traditional multi-layer reinforcements. This applies to the clew, luff and the batten pocket ends. The altered structure in combination with the highly abrasion-resistant and virtually indestructible PURE material saves 50% of the weight of the previous patches! Woven in two directions.

Even faster and easier to rig

The all-new VTS.PLUS trim indicators (FAST.RIGGING.INDICATION) that make all E_TYPE and CURVE sails with fix-top even easier and faster to rig. Thanks to precise specifications of the mastand boom lengths the down- and outhaul are simply pulled as far as it goes, done! Of course, the traditional VTS trimming dots are also available to allow all specialists more flexibility for maximum performance.

Lighter, more aerodynamic, extremely durable

With 50% less weight than its predecessor, the iROCKET is our lightest batten tensioner ever! Despite the significantly lower dimensions there is no loss in durability or adjustability. Stretch-free, abrasion resistant Polyester webbing results in a rock-solid fixation of the iROCKET!

Find the optimum vario top setting without the usual try and error

From the first rigging now the length of the vario top is set correctly. Easy to read length indicators show the perfect setting in relation to the used mast length which eliminates any testing and readjustment!

Inspired by high mechanical load capacity climbing harnesses and racing helmets

The exclusive two-piece Double.D.BUCKLE replaces present standard solutions. This construction guarantees outstanding trimming options and completely eliminates webbing slippage.

Extremely stable, extremely unbreakable

There is no higher load on the equipment as you get during Wave riding or Freestyle. Brute forces when getting washed or heavy wipe-outs can quickly spoil the fun. For this reason, from now on all wave and freestyle sails (except IDOL_LTD) are equipped with brand new, extremely durable epoxy battens that can really survive anything. Some more evidence of the famous NorthSails longevity.

Minimum forces for perfect trim

The integrated, nickel-plated brass triple roller minimizes the downhaul forces tremendously. The optimized side plate with integrated rope led prevents that the rope will be damaged or jumps from the roll.

Extremely stable luff reinforcement

The area around the boom cutout is particularly exposed to wear and tear, because the luff panel always forms wrinkles when inserting the mast. Over time, this „accordion effect“ may cause cracks in the monofilm. The flexible DURA.LUFF.PATCH reinforces the area around the boom and creates a soft transition to the monofilm, while preventing cracks in the film.

Improved sail control at higher wind speeds

Kai Hopf relied on the WARP to design the TT.TOP. The concave shape is slightly reduced, which improves tension and allows for a more effective, three-dimensional top twist. This means the top twists not only horizontally, but also vertically under strong winds. By virtually neutralizing gusts, the rig’s kept steady in the rider‘s hands, and works in a much larger range of winds.

Choosing the right boom length without experimenting

Since the boom is positioned at different points on the mast depending on the rider‘s height, the ideal boom length varies due to the different angles. To make it easier to find the right length fast, the individual recommendations are written directly on the luff panel at boom level.

Beautiful, no weak-spot

Some brands use exotic and expensive thread materials, like Kevlar or Spectra for their X.Ply laminates. At first view this sounds great as these materials have approx. half the stretch than the Polyester threads we use.

On the other hand it’s important to know that the monofilm around the threads is also made of Polyester. This leads to a very uneven construction. Rather than having a certain give/elasticity to “buffer” load peaks without breaking, the non-stretch Kevlar/Spectra threads rip the film from the inside out.

With a Polyester-film + Polyester-thread construction we avoid the film becoming a weak spot as all materials have the same elongation.

Eliminates unintentional leech flutter

Short, highly effective miniature battens support the area between the long battens and prevent any annoying flutter.

No more friction when threading the mast into the mast pocket

A brilliant trick makes inserting the mast a breeze. The NorthSails logo above the boom cutout opens the mast pocket just a little, allowing the rider to insert the mast with just one hand, without having to move up the luff.

Individual batten setting for better performance!

Since each batten fulfills a different task, we use a huge variety of batten types. They differ not only in their cross section (round or rectangular) but also in the materials used (glass, glass-carbon composites, full carbon) and in their geometry (thickness, width). Moreover, all battens have specific stiffness degrees and profiles, regardless of their length for 100% draft stability in the center of the sail, optimum twist in the top (horizontally and vertically), and reduced top weight (easier handling).

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