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Freewave, or all-around, sails are windsurfing sails that allow you to cover a wide range of conditions. In this article, we summarize the tests results of the French magazine Windmag, relating to the 2020 freewave sails.

 

Windsurfing, tests: 2020 freewave (allround) sails

The tests were published in the March 2020 issue of the magazine, which we invite you to purchase for all the details and for further information. Also read the article on the 2020 freewave boards, which ideally match these sails.

The freewave sails are multipurpose products that allow both to have fun in the waves (medium or small ones), and to offer stability in sailing in a straight line, on choppy water or sea surface, ensuring stability and good speed. Most of the tested sails have 5 battens, in the 5.7 square meters size, which is mainly the tested one.

Typically, these sails have a shape similar to wave sails for smaller sizes, and to freeride sails for sizes above 6 square meters. They are sturdy sails. Typically, they are matched with freewave boards, but they can also be associated, in smaller sizes, with wave boards. They are generally chosen by riders who want to have a unique kind of sail, suitable for most conditions.

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During the tests, the sails were used with freewave or freeride boards, with, respectively, 100 and 135 liters. The tests were carried out with wind ranging from about 15 to 22 knots, and with water level characterized by foams/chops, swell coming from the open sea, and small waves.

The test tooke place in the following spots: Marseille Le Prado, San Cyr sur Mer, Six Fours La Coudouliere, in Southern France.

Nine sails were tested:

  1. Duotone Super Session 5.6
  2. Gaastra Hybrid 5.6
  3. Goya Sails Nexus 5.9
  4. Gun Sails Torro 5.7
  5. Point 7 AC-F 5.9
  6. RRD Move 5.7
  7. S2 Maui Alchemy 5.7
  8. Severne Gator 5.7
  9. Simmer Sails Enduro 5.9.

 

The Duotone Super session is an effective, handling, and comfortable "wave" sail, ideal for Bump and Jump sessions. It matches well to Wave-oriented freewave boards.

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As regards the strong wind management, the best sails are the Gaastra Hybrid, the Gunsails Torro, the Severne Gator, followed, a short distance, by the Goya Nexus, Point 7 and the Simmer Enduro.

In terms of maneuverability, the Duotone and Severne clearly stand above all the other sails. Only the Gaastra Hybrid and the Gun Sails Torro show a slight lower score.

As for general performance, many sails show a good overall performance: the best is the Simmer Enduro. Goya, Gunsails, Point 7, RRD, and Severne show, however, a very good performance.

The choice of testers fell on the Gunsails Torro, the Gaastra Hybrid and the Severne Gator.

Good choice. Fabio Muriano

 

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