Which mast did we use?
We had rigged the IDOL LTD 5.2m with the very light Platinum RDM 430 mast. The weight of the mast is between 1.5 and 1.6 kg. If you want to save another 200 grams you should invest in the Platinum Aero 3.0 430 mast. Of course the sail also works with a Gold.90 RDM or Silver.70 RDM mast. Anyone who wants to rig the 5.2 on a 400 – to reduce equipment – must get an extension from another manufacturer, as Duotone offers no RDM extension with 42 cm. There’s just a SDM version with 42 cm available. Last year the luff of the IDOL was 7 cm shorter by the way.
Freestyle & Foil
The IDOL LTD is a freestyle windsurfing sail and at the same time a foil sail. The far forward and a bit higher draft position helps to balance the foil and you never have to push the rig forward to stay in a neutral position.
This explains the subtitle of this article. Can the IDOL LTD kill two birds with one stone? Yes, the IDOL LTD is a freestyle windsurfing sail and at the same time a foil sail.
We also gave the Idol and the Super Session model to freestyle beginners for a quick test. And the result was very clear. Windsurfers learning the Helicopter tack or other simple tricks on a 120-liter freerider preferred the IDOL LTD over the Super Session. Riding back to the sail, turning around the mast, riding clew first or fin first … It does not always have to be a Kono or a Culo. And due to the very short boom, the sail can be easily lifted out of the water by less experienced water starters or can be pulled out of the water easily even in light wind conditions. The IDOL LTD will definitely make freestyle beginners or intermediates happy, too.
And killing two birds with one stone is no longer true for the 2020 IDOL LTD. The 2 must be extended to a 3.
New battens for 2020
There was the strong desire from some team riders to replace the very light carbon battens with new unbreakable HD epoxy battens, which have added some more grams to the sail compared to the 2019 model. So being washed in the waves of Gran Canaria, Sylt or South Africa is no problem anymore. Adrien Bosson or Riccardo Marca now also ride waves with the IDOL LTD when they are on a travel trip. You save weight while traveling and have more fun landing freestyle moves in the waves. It’s about time to see more freestyle contests in big waves.
The sail feels a bit like a custom sail. Probably the high-tech laminate is one of the reasons for it. And the promised elasticity in the luff track really exists because of the Convex Dacron Luff Panel, which is responsible for this.
With the sizes 5.2m and 4.4m you can already cover many conditions. If you put the 5.2m on a wind foil you can start having fun in 8 knots and windsurfing starts at 12 knots. Gollito for example uses his 4.4m in 30 – 35 knots in Sotavento. Currently the favorite size of the World Champion is the 4.0m, which is probably because he has spent the whole summer on the windy Canary Islands, where he was on the smallest sail sizes most of the time. For lighter and smaller riders in really windy conditions the NOW would be a good alternative.