Manoeuvre-orientated lightweight freestyle-wave crossover
For windsurfers who prefer to spin, twist and slide in preference to sailing in a straight line, we’ve built the Edge – the natural choice for expressive windsurfers in waves and on flat water.
The straight-cut high foot helps under-boom manoeuvres and its lightweight four-batten layout ensures the Edge is set up perfectly to throw into both aerial and carving tricks. Each sail has been tuned to deliver the instant acceleration and on/off power required for top-level explosive action.
Far more versatile than simply a sail for freestyle, the Edge doesn’t require pro-rider skills to appreciate the winning combination of power and superb handling.
We have recently added a 3.7m sail to the Edge range which has a low aspect with compact dimensions and plenty of low down drive. To find out more about the new sail click HERE
When first using the Edge, what struck me was the balance and control of the sail during manoeuvres. As well as being the most affordable freestyle sail on the market by a huge margin!
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In light winds and where maximum power is required:
Tension the downhaul so that the leech is just beginning to go loose between the top battens. The outhaul will not need too much tension, just pull on enough so that the battens immediately above and below the boom are lying with their front tips approximately midway between the side and the back of the mast. This will create maximum leech tension, but still allow the sail to twist for powerful forward drive.
You can now use the outhaul adjustment to control the sail's power:
To decrease power, increase outhaul tension so the front batten tips are level with or pulled away from the back of the mast.
To increase power, ease outhaul tension so that the front tip of the battens are level with the side of the mast (halfway round).
In strong winds and overpowered conditions:
Tension the downhaul so that the leech is loose between the upper battens, to the 2nd batten down. You will only need a few centimetres of outhaul to pull the front tip of the battens between the side and the back of the mast. The outhaul is still used to fine-tune the power, but when using this amount of downhaul, it's the downhaul that becomes the dominant control and can be adjusted accordingly. For extreme overpowered conditions the leech can be loose all the way to the clew.
Remember - The correct outhaul tension is based on the fact that the downhaul setting is correct. You should always consider tweaking outhaul when applying more downhaul: you’ll usually need to pull more outhaul on as more downhaul is applied to avoid sailing with neutral or negative outhaul. Of course, the opposite can be applied when the downhaul is slackened – in most cases you should look towards easing outhaul too.