The one and only Ezzy freeride sail was called the Infinity and it had two cams. That differentiated it from most of the other brands who had ditched cams from their freeride sails. Cams were seen as hard to rig and hard to handle for the ‘intermediate’ sailor. But Ezzy stuck to its guns until 2007 when they brought out the Ezzy Freeride – their first no-cam freeride sail. Now it’s a year later and we have the Freeride Mark II model, again with no cams. It sits alongside the 2-cam Infinity as part of their overall blasting/speed/freeride sails. So why ditch the cams?
Over to the man himself, Dave Ezzy:
Why did you wait until 2007 to produce your first freeride sail with no cams?
Dave: I have always felt that you can't beat a ‘cam’ as far as the performance is concerned. A cam puts a nice curve into the sail and holds the shape very stable. This is something both intermediate and expert sailors desire. The two most common complaints people have against cams are that they don't de-power easily and they rotate hard during tacks and jibes. I tried making no cam sails in the past, but they were too flat and unstable. Then in 2007, I developed a different method of seam shaping that allowed me to get a profile very similar to what the cam gives and is nearly as stable. Many people look at the Freeride and just assume it has cams, yet the Freeride is almost as stable as the Infinity and has about the same power.
There seems to be quite a lot of change from the 2007 Freeride to the Mark II model? Are you learning all the time about no-cam Freeride sails?
Dave: Absolutely; I am learning so much these days. I have been designing sails for 25 years and I feel like I am now starting to really understand what makes a sail tick. The no cam sail actually grew out of my work on the wave sails and a lot of the stuff I have learned recently on the no cam sails has gone back into the wave sails. I feel like there is so much potential to improve sails over the next few years.
Explain more about the 'refined technique of seam shaping' which gives the sail a cambered look without the cams.
Dave: Sorry, can't divulge...trade secret!
If a freeride sailor has been used to sailing the Infinitys but then decides to switch to the Freeride, what differences will he feel on the water?
Dave: I think they will feel the power and the stability that they are used to in the Infinity, but have more fun carving jibes. The Freeride is also a bit lighter.
Finally, is there anything exciting coming from the Ezzy loft for 2009 that you can tell us about now?!
Dave: I will be introducing two new wave lines: 1) Freewave and 2) Wave Panther. Both sails will share a similar planform (outline) with the differences being in the materials and the draft profile and depth. The Freewave will have a slightly lighter construction and a flatter profile. It will be well suited for intermediate sailors and freestylers. The Wave Panther will be our premier wave sail. With new Technora fibered cloth on the leech it will be 20% lighter and 40% less stretch than our standard Spectra X film.
Features of Mark II Ezzy Freeride
- Improved low-end power.
- Better top end speed.
- Lighter weight and handling.
- Better trimming guides.
- Sam durability.
Technical Info from Ezzy
“The Ezzy Freeride has cracked the conundrum of how to achieve a sail with the speed, power and stability normally associated with sails featuring cams but without actually using any cams at all. The deep, draft forward profile of the Freeride Mark II actually looks similar to a cammed sail, but the shape comes from a refined technique of seam shaping. This means faster rigging and easier gybing but still retaining an awesome wind range”
- No monofilm.
- Sail body panels are made from Spectra X film.
- Foot of sail uses a puncture-proof Spectra X film.
- The vinyl window offers superior visibility and can be cleaned for the life of the sail.
- Removable, triple pulley system which makes downhauling very easy.
| Size (m²) || Luff (cm) || |
| 4.8 || 405-407 || 164-169 || 400 || 6 |
| 5.5 || 438-440 || 177-184 || 430 || 6 |
| 6.0 || 452-455 || 184-190 || 430 || 7 |
| 6.5 || 468-470 || 190-197 || 460 || 7 |
| 7.0 || 479-481 || 197-204 || 460 || 7 |
| 7.5 || 490-494 || 205-212 || 460 or 490 || 7 |
| 8.0 || 498-502 || 214-221 || 490 || 7 |
| 8.5 || 506-511 || 222-229 || 490 || |
| Cost: || £378 to £449 |
| Availability: || Now. Go to Seasprite Sports to find your nearest dealer. |
Finally, if you would like to watch this sail being rigged then go to the Ezzy Freeride page and click Rigging Videos!
If you would like to try one of the sails yourself, then most Ezzy dealers now have a sample in stock for viewing and trial.