We decided to do some digging around cyberspace to bring you all the latest on what many brands have in store for 2014. Yes it is July and some have already been visible since March/April but there are still plenty of shots that haven’t seen the light of day and more importantly we have to ask the question is it getting out of hand how early some brands release next years gear?
Hot new designs, shapes and colours are all in the mix, as well as a few not so hot ones. What do you think, have Gaastra gone too far? Are Maui Sails looking a bit retro? Vote for your favourite brand and let us know your views in the comments below.
Having spiced up a bit from last year with more x-ply and increasing their use of colours, the Severne range is certainly looking very smart. However, by not following the trend of glaring patterns and bold designs could they be a bit behind the times? Or is that just a ridiculous statement?
Also not one to step into the glaring patterns group, North stick with their trend that their range is well known for now and have just played around with the colours and cuts. Cool designs and some technical materials are allowing some of their world class team to perform at new levels but are they over doing it?
We like to call this look the ‘subtle glare’. It’s perhaps the outcome of a combination of wanting to keep it simple and completely overdoing it. Again we think it is pretty smart and simple and could have been a good move for NeilPryde, who perhaps didn’t quite satisfy every bodies tastes last/this year.
To us it is obvious that Goya have focused most of their time on creating the right sail for their team and in turn for the public. Without changing too much to their designs their time has been spent elsewhere and with some recent videos having hit our screens of Marcilio Browne ripping on the sails it certainly looks like that that has been time well spent. What do you think, could they fine tune their designs a bit more?
Bold! That is the best word to describe their approach to the coming year. The glaring patterns and strong use of bright colours is nothing new to Gaastra but this is certainly the next level, even for them. No doubt it will appeal to many people but does it appeal to you?
Another brand that has not spent so much time on their colours and designs but more on the actual sail is Maui Sails. With Taty Frans being one of the main driving forces behind the brand there is no doubt that the sails will work well but should they focus a little more on the look or is it right to remain with their style that they are known for?
Clashes, bright sails and even a touch of the Reggae look, Naish have also stepped up another notch with their use of colours. Keeping their theme and brand image very much at the core of their designs is fairly obvious to see but could they or should they step it up further?
Hot Sails Maui
One of the most interesting concepts of all the brands is that of the three batten sail. Hot Sails Maui are well known for their progressive approach in sail making and with the likes of Kauli Seadi on the team they are really going to town. Three battens is certainly a hard sail to build right so that it doesn’t fold under the pressures of high winds, do you think this idea could take off? Will we see others follow suit?
Also bold! RRD have drastically changed their image in recent years, from simple plain colours to very garish designs, it’s a big push for them but is it in the right direction? We think they are pretty cool and they certainly stand out on the water, if you are fresh into the sport would this be your brand of choice?
With so many different approaches to design the brands have certainly ensured that 2014 will be a colourful year on the water. Making windsurfing more attractive and visually appealing will no doubt encourage more people to step into our awesome sport. We love the way it is going and it is also important to highlight at this point how the materials have advanced a lot in the last years. Now with that experience behind them the sail shapes and structures are really next level and you can be confident that any of the major brands will and can offer you a top quality product. So have a browse and start writing down your wish list because these sails will be hitting shops near you very soon.