We quickly noticed, that the Super Hero, the ultimate wave sail by Duotone, guarantees fun on flat water on a freestyle board, too. Although the sail isn’t recommended by the producer for flat water high wind conditions, we think it works well in flat water conditions or for classic freestyle windsurfers in bump & jump conditions. The sail top, which is a bit wider and larger, creates additional drive forward and takes more wind in the top section. It’s not too backhanded and all the time in a well balanced position. Off course, compared with the Super Session, it has a bit more pull on the backhand and a clearly lower draft point.
The eyelet on the clew seems to be positioned exactly at the right position. Not too high and not too low. We immediately noticed this on the 5.7m during the first runs and even a bit clearer on the 5.3m. Duotone told us that the 5.3m is the size with the biggest changes compared to 2019. According to the manufacturer information it is the best all-round size. To be honest, we would have loved to take the 5.3 home with us after the test runs.
Switching from a shallow to a deeper profile and the enlarged sail window help the 2020 Super Hero to generate more drive in lower wind conditions. The rigg in 5.3m impressed us with excellent balance and we were able to sail really light wind with a Freewave 95 in tiny waves. It felt easy to turn around with a tack and pick a small wave with a few sail pumps.
Rigg-tips of the pros
By changing the tension on the clew, the range of use and the feeling of the sail can be changed tremendously. Victor Fernandez or Klaas Voget usually rig on the medium trim position, which we liked, too. Only in very light conditions we reduced the tension of the outhaul. The sail touched the leeward side of the boom. A trim Adam Lewis prefers. He said: “I rig with more downhaul. I get one more click on the POWER XT compared to Klaas or Victor, but have less outhaul. For me, the sails feel a little bit more free with my trim.“ But Klaas Voget warns against giving too much downhaul because it will kill the profile.
C7 Verdict – is the SUPER HERO the ultimate wave sail?
We only tested the two biggest sizes of the Super Hero models in lighter wind conditions and less waves. The handling and the planing performance definitely convinced us. Having the choice between the two sizes we would take the 5.3m, because it has more range of use. Due to the long luff the 5.3m works really well in stop and go conditions, when pumping into a wave is necessary. We felt that the Super Hero was more active in side onshore conditions compared to the M.Plus version in membrane and rather would invest in a carbon boom than in the membrane version of the sail.