Ezzy Freeride NC 2007
This is Ezzy’s no cam freeride sail and who better to tell us all about it than the man himself;
David Ezzy: Initially, I had no plans to make a no-cam freeride sail. I’ve always felt that for flatwater sailing you can’t beat a cam for its superior draft stability. After much pleading from one of our largest shops in the US requesting me to make a freeride sail, I started thinking that my new deep, draft-forward profile that I was using in the 2007 wave sail might be pretty cool in a freeride sail. The first Freeride proto turned out to be extremely stable and very powerful. It felt very much like it had cams, yet gybed like a wave sail.
The 07 FREERIDE NC explained
David Ezzy: The Freeride is designed with a radically deep profile that is located very forward in the sail. For light wind, you can run it with neutral to 1.0cm of outhaul and get a super deep profile. The fact that the draft is so forward means that there is less side force which means your back hand does not load up. For strong wind, you apply a lot of outhaul, up to 7.0 cm of positive outhaul and then it feels light with a locked-in shape. The reason for this is that even when set flat, the forward profile remains. It is also interesting to note that the Freeride and all of our 2007 sails require less downhaul tension in years past. Over-downhauling will flatten the luff too much and will actually make them harder to control in strong winds. Most of the tuning is done with the outhaul.
David Ezzy: The Freeride construction and materials are exactly the same as used in our wave sail. The body material is our Spectra X film. It has a vinyl window. All seams are double sewn. It has two battens below the boom to add more foot area. The foot rakes nicely on the board for slalom-type sailing, yet it is high enough for bump’n’jump sailing too.
COST: £384 – £453
Ezzy Sails also have available 100 limited edition wave sails in different colour schemes. Contact [email protected]