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rhorton1



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:25 pm    Post subject: Freestyle Sails for Foiling Reply with quote

Has anyone had luck with freestyle sails for foiling? Looking for a crossover no-cam lightwind sail. Intrigued by the Aerotech Air-X...

Intended use would be foiling in 10-15 mph wind, freeride finning in 15+ mph winds.

Quite a few in my area use the Ezzy Hydra/Hydra Pro. But that's ~$800, while the Aerotech Air-X is ~$500. If I can get similar performance for less $, I'm all about it.
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dllee



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Location: East Bay

PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mostly use power wave sails, most of which work well with little downhaul and super baggy outhaul. If breeze comes up, add down, then out as needed.
Compared to Hydras, maybe I'm losing 7%, but I can windsurf in higher winds with regular sails.
Hydras have huge range and need less re-tuning as wind changes.
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dvCali



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:07 am    Post subject: Re: Freestyle Sails for Foiling Reply with quote

rhorton1 wrote:
Has anyone had luck with freestyle sails for foiling? Looking for a crossover no-cam lightwind sail. Intrigued by the Aerotech Air-X...

Intended use would be foiling in 10-15 mph wind, freeride finning in 15+ mph winds.

Quite a few in my area use the Ezzy Hydra/Hydra Pro. But that's ~$800, while the Aerotech Air-X is ~$500. If I can get similar performance for less $, I'm all about it.

Balz does https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP6G7781lXc
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wsmtbskate



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Severne Freeks for foiling.
I had a Sailworks Flyer which foiled up earlier and also cruised through gusts better, but the Freeks are more pumpable, also have high lift, and have a higher top end control. Plus I have a personal preference for non cambered sails.
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kevinkan



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i use freestyle sails for wind foiling. I like how they are designed for power and low rig tension, and that they have a higher draft. They generate a lot of power, and I would rarely rig bigger than 4.0 for the Bay Area. Pumping had a nice spring loaded feel. I was using S2Maui Jesters and Duotone Idol LTD.
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coachg



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have tested power wave, freeride, race & freestyle sails with my foil. Each had an advantage & disadvantage which required adjustments here & there in technique. Freestyle sails work very well for the reasons Kevin stated and I would add they are very light weight. If you are a freestyle sailor it is a nice transition to switch from foiling to finning. Since you will be switching from foiling to freeride sailing, I would add some caution with freestyle sails. Freestyle sails are designed to get going quickly, shut off quickly & rotate easily. These characteristics can make them a handful for freeride sailing powered up. That spring loaded feel Kevin was talking about doesn’t go away when lit up finning; it is magnified. Using a freestyle sail will probably require a major change in rigging philosophy & sailing technique for your freeride sailing.

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