Equipment » 2019 Sail Range

S_Type

International press outlets have repeatedly rated the S_TYPE as the best of its class. As a highly competitive slalom sail designed for everyday sailors, it has an unquenchable thirst for speed, but is nonetheless easy to handle. One of the reasons for this is that the S_TYPE SL has inherited the racing DNA of the WARP to guarantee maximum performance potential. At the same time, the S_TYPE SL’s handling is extraordinarily simple for its class. This is made possible by the revolutionary NO COMPROMISE DESIGN, which was adapted from the WARP 20.19. A reduced profile, loose leech and luff curve all improve performance in the lower end of the wind range and thus boost acceleration.

 

The S_TYPE SL in the NO COMPROMISE DESIGN is the perfect synthesis from the most successful race slalom sails in our company’s history. Whether you’re racing along at maximum speed or casually cruising and gybing, the S_TYPE SL boasts extreme versatility. Kai Hopf combines the balanced handling and comfort of the S_TYPE SL with the top-end performance of a WARP. The result is an outstanding level of power on all courses and superior control to boot. Particularly noticeable is the highly tapered luff sleeve in the AERO SLEEVE DESIGN 2.0. Its width in the aerodynamically important boom area enables the optimal transition from the “thick” mast leading edge to the “thin” sail profile. However, at the top of the sail the luff sleeve has remained relatively narrow to enable fast on-water starts. This is supported by the LUFF LIFT DESIGN of the WARP 20.19, which provides additional lift. The S_TYPE SL is incredibly useful as a high-performance sail for various board types because it can be sailed with either two or three cambers (removable camber in the foot area). Simply genius! All S_TYPE SL sizes perform reliably well with just one mast length.

 

 

 

SUPER HERO

On the one hand, the SUPER HERO captivates with manageable top end performance, even in nuking spots such as the Canaries or South Africa, remaining perfectly controllable even in extreme overpowered jumping conditions. On the other hand, it offers powerful acceleration at the lower wind limit, for down the line riding on Maui or Mauritius. Designer Kai Hopf has moved up the batten above the boom increasing the gap to the foot batten similar to a 3 batten sail. This FREE.BOOMZONE.CONCEPT provides an incredible on-off feeling on the wave. The batten-free area is super easy to pump and offers less resistance for the wind to fill out the profile in the wind in the underpowered conditions, similar to a 3 batten sail. However, in order to ensure high amounts of stability in strong winds and performance throughout a massive wind range. Kai uses two MINI.BATTEN and the HOLLOW.LOWER.LEECH directly above the boom. In addition, RADIAL.LOAD.STRIPES starting from the clew stabilize in particular the boom-free area and ensure an even load-distribution.

The result is a 4 batten wave sail with incomparable wide wind range, combining maximum low end power with control and stability. 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. Sail sizes range from 3.0 up to 6.7 to cover a maximum range of use. To ensure maximum draft stability the 3 largest sizes feature a 5-batten layout. 

 

IDOL

Light – lighter – a radically lightweight sail. The IDOL LTD is the completely personalised pro model of freestyle record world champion Gollito Estredo. Boasting incredible handling characteristics, the sail was created by designer Kai Hopf, implementing all the desires of the rider himself. The result is the most highly developed and extreme freestyle sails that we have ever manufactured in series. All sizes are sensationally lightweight because the innovative and high-tech laminate ODL and the 100-micron ULTRA FILM were used instead of the usual XPLY material. These materials are 50% lighter than previous sailcloths, which makes the IDOL LTD weigh about as much as a 1.5 m² smaller SUPER HERO (e.g. 4.8 and 3.4). 

The IDOL LTD can do everything a freestyler needs it to. In addition to its absolutely neutral handling, it gives no unwanted feedback and is incredibly lightweight in your hands, leaving you free to concentrate fully on your moves and manoeuvres. You’d think you were turning without your sail, since the IDOL LTD rotates incredibly fast through all tricks and is completely balanced in the wind during duck moves. The extremely high clew and the short boom length make diving manoeuvres so fast that almost no speed is lost. Not only will the IDOL LTD boost your success rate for difficult manoeuvres, it will also make it a lot more fun to meet new challenges.

 

E_TYPE

The “E” stands for “electrifying”, “effective” and “easy to control”. E_TYPEs are exactly the kind of athletic freeride sails which make windsurfing so fascinating and uncomplicated: easy to rig up, set off and start into motion without any need for pumping. All E_TYPEs combine constantly accessible acceleration power with the playful handling of a no-cam sail. This is pure windsurfing, with lots of propulsion, speed AND special durability for experienced and athletic manoeuvres. Versatility is the greatest strength of the E_TYPE. The harmonious performance, easy handling and highly responsive riding feel create a great deal of confidence, increase control and make windsurfing a breeze. And it goes like the clappers as well – the E_TYPE is definitely our fastest DUOTONE no-cam sail.

The E_TYPE in the NO COMPROMISE DESIGN has been developed to ensure top-end performance as well as a real boost when accelerating and planing. The stable draft position right at the front makes rig control much easier and the PROGRESSIVE BATTEN CONFIGURATION (number of battens depending on size) reduces weight. As a result, the no-cam E_TYPE is the perfect freeride sail for all water types and combines handling and easier rigging-up with vigorous performance and top speed.

 

 

 

 

 

WARP

The WARP 9.0LW won six of the seven eliminations in the 2015 racing season, making it the most successful slalom sail in PWA history. It was our first racing sail with a completely new, revolutionary profile concept called the NO COMPROMISE DESIGN. With extreme propulsion, boundless speed and a design intended for victory with no compromises, this is quite simply the ultimate World Cup racing sail. Thanks to the NO COMPROMISE DESIGN, the WARP 20.19 also possesses greater planing power and acceleration after start and gybe compared to other sails, without requiring more strength on the part of the rider. This gives riders greater strength reserves over the entire racecourse and allows them to concentrate on manoeuvring. Combined with the unrivalled effortlessness of camber rotation, this makes the WARP 20.19 the first choice for more than just World Cup riders. 

More than three years of development went into the profile and design concept of the WARP 20.19, whose panel-based layout takes into account the wide range of factors influencing the rig. And the result is outstanding – with the NO COMPROMISE DESIGN, all WARP sails generate enormous propulsion and more acceleration at the start and after a gybe. The key characteristic is that this propulsion does not kick in abruptly and thus does not require lots of effort to absorb. Instead, the forward pull is much more controlled and effortless than other power slalom sails. This relieves strain on the rider, giving them strength reserves for the rest of the course, and allowing them to concentrate fully on the racing action. And with the correct luff and outhaul tension, the WARP performs across the entire wind range with the same trim.

 

 

NOW

A familiar concept – unique execution. Children, youngsters and smaller riders up to 160 cm in height often struggle with regular sails because of their stature, strength and limited lever forces, putting them at risk of injury or health problems as well. At the same time they are often more talented surfers than others, so they are right to demand a full-featured and easy-to-control rig. For these individuals we have specifically developed the NOW – a highly lightweight, powerful and high-quality performance handling sail developed based on the current SUPER HERO model yet adapted so it can be used by smaller riders with ease. While most sailing brands use the same layouts and materials for junior sails as in their adult-sized sails for reasons of simplicity (e.g. the heavy X.PLY), we do things differently. Thanks to the years of collaboration with all the big windsurfing schools (e.g. VDWS, ION Club, FBC), we have taken advantage of their wealth of knowledge to design the NOW. The magnificently balanced shape, lightweight monofilm and sophisticated mix of materials in the iMODULAR DESIGN guarantee low weight AND durability.

 

DRIVE_CLOTH

The current DRIVE CLOTH features an ultra-modern 2.5-batten design (3.0 m² and above) that offers excellent performance for a wide range of individuals. We worked closely with the most well-known surfing schools and associations, whose knowledge and experience were significant influences on the concept. The DRIVE CLOTH is an easy planing sail that will accompany any beginner or dedicated improver for a very long time. It’s super easy to get out of the water and very easy to control on all courses as well as during manoeuvres. In sub planing conditions it really gives the rider something to hold on to, offering stability that will come in handy on choppy waters. Once planing, the sail stays very well balanced. The wind pressure can be gradually transformed into speed, so that the rider is always in full control. 

With the use of Dacron and vinyl, the DRIVE CLOTH is virtually indestructible, making it ideal for use in windsurfing schools. Thanks to the elastic nature of the Dacron material and its unique shape, the DRIVE CLOTH loads up very gently and develops a full profile. As a result, it generates powerful propulsion and has excellent planing characteristics. Moreover, the draft position remains stable even when far into the planing range.

 

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