>Also the nature of the break that I sail at (Coronation Beach) is that there
>is more air time rather than full on wave riding. So perhaps the Zone is a
>better bet than a Core. Is this a correct assumption?
The zone goes super flat. Of all three NP wave sails, the Zone depowers the
quickest. Its great for tricks and pretty radical wave tricks. For me it is a
bit too flat, I like a fuller sail. If you purchase this sail, don't be afraid
of buying it in the larger sizes. They're very light and don't feel as large as
you might expect.
>Also, given a relatively limited budget i.e. enough for two sails and one
>mast, what size spread is the optimum?
>In the past I have used 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 Combat. Whilst I love sailing the
>4.0 and 4.5, there are plenty of times that I need more power and have to go
>to the 5.0 . But the 96 5.0 Combat just feels too big for the 8' 5" board
>that I have. A lot of people on this list have talk about the new 'Block
>Head' sails requiring shorter masts etc and thus the bigger size sails i.e.
>5.0/5.5 feel lighter. Is this correct?
I've been sailing 3.6- 5.4 on an 8.4 wave board. The small sail and the large
sail aren't the best combination but they feel find.
I'm not convinced that the blockhead designs are any less powerful. In fact, my
experience has been almost the opposite. Since the top twists off easier, sail
designers have been able to make the body of the sail deeper and more powerful.
With the older designs, more mast bend was needed to create twist and if the
sail was too full it would tend to backwind and become a handful as soon as the
wind picked up. Now the sail will twist independently of the reflex of the
mast so designers have been able to make the sails more powerful in less wind
with fewer control issues as the wind picks up.
>What about the different size sail. In the past, when overpowered, on the
>4.5 I drop down to the 4.0 and I'm in the grove again. If I chose a new
>sail, should I be able to use a bigger spread between sails i.e. 4.0 - 5.0?
>(I also notice that the NP Zone have 4.0 & 4.7 that fit on a 400 mast).
I think that the range of the sails has improved a bit and that it will be
possible to sail with one less sail. Going from a 4.7 to a 4.0 is certainly
possible. A whole meter difference in the larger sizes is also possible but I
wouldn't recommend that large a spread below 4.5. In my experience, going from
a 4.0 to 5.0 would be a bit difficult but going from a 4.5 to 5.5 is entirely
>Sorry to ask so many questions!
No problem, glad to help.
>PS. I know that I'm been very specific, here but I have not sailed at all
>for 12 months, now I have 2-3 months of day in day out sailing in WA.
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