NorthSails released their 2018 sails except the WARP F2018 Racing sail and the Super Session. The race sail will be released on September 1st and the Super Session, a new free-wave sail will be released on August 15. All in all the NorthSails sail range comprises 6 main sail lines and one special sail, the NOW, a concept for kids with intermediate level or smaller windsurfers.
The consistent evolution of the legendary HERO makes the SUPER HERO the ultimate World Cup wave sail with an extremely wide range of use. On the one hand, it captivates with a manageable top performance, even in nuking spots, remaining perfectly controllable even in fully overpowered jumping conditions. On the other hand, it offers powerful acceleration at the lower wind limit, as you need 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 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 stability in strong winds and uniform a performance, 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 which combines 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.
SUPERHERO HD: Basically identical, the SUPER HERO HD comes without mono film even in the window panel.
Light, lighter and as radical as possible! The IDOL LTD is the personal pro model of freestyle record world champion Gollito Estredo. For this freestyle genius Kai Hopf has fulfilled all his wishes and created the most sophisticated, extreme freestyle production sail that we have ever built. All IDOL LTD’s are unbelievably light sails because instead of conventional X.PLY the futuristic high-tech laminate “ODL” is being used in combination with our 4mil ULTRA.FILM. These materials are 50% lighter than conventional sail cloth and push the weight sensationally low. To clarify: The weight of IDOL LTD corresponds to a 1.5m smaller HERO / VOLT (e.g. 4.8m compares to 3.4m)!
S Type SL 2018 – product clip
The S_TYPE SL has won numerous world-wide magazine tests over the years and received first-class honors in their categories. Therefore Kai Hopf has thrown everything into the mix, resulting in even more performance without having a negative effect on the handling. The decisive factor is the NO.COMPROMISE. DESIGN that he translated directly from the WARP F2018 into the S_TYPE SL. The outcome is a deeper profile with reduced loose leech and reduced luff curve which all leads to a superior low end acceleration.
Thanks to reinforcements around the leading edge, the known draft stability and the broad wind range could be retained. The result is a highly sporty and competitive slalom sail that thirsts for speed, yet is easy to tame.
NOW – The ultra-modern sail specifically designed for a smaller frame and lighter rider. You got infected by the windsurf virus and you can´t wait to get onto the board again? But standard rigs are too heavy, big and physical for you? Designer Kai Hopf has created stand-alone sails especially for you, which make it easy for beginners and intermediates to advance and which serve as adequate equipment even after this learning procedure.
On top of this the NOW is a very modern sail which is adapted to the body stature and forces of smaller frame riders. Of course with all quality features and with the performance of all our sails. According to the motto: The best for everybody!
Source: NorthSails Press Release 2017