I just got my hands on a new 2010 Ezzy Wave Panther 2 5.2, and I thought I'd post some pictures. No wind to try it out, and I have a bum elbow anyway, but I thought I'd rig up and see what it looks like.
“Tri-Lite” cloth used in the center panel. It is called “Tri-Lite” because it consists of film, woven scrim, and X ply. A significant weight savings come from the Tri-lite's thinner film; 37.5 microns, compared to 100 micron film used in our Spectra X ply. The woven scrim combined with the X ply provides excellent tear strength. The overall weight of Tri-Lite is 40% less than Spectra X-ply. “Tri-Lite” has three main benefits:
It is lighter. The 2010 sails have a lighter feel than the 2009 sails. This is noticeable while wave riding, jibing and basic sail handling.
It has better UV resistance. Tri-Lite has more yarns and less film which means it doesn't get "crispy" and brittle from excessive UV exposure.
Tri-Lite absorbs shocks traveling through the sail better than other fabric. This makes the sail feel smoother and less jerky.
Mesh pocket in pad for downhaul line
Stronger Dacron cover on the battens which improves scuff resistance
Just thought I'd share a little video of Bill Weir, a local SF windsurfer and Crissy Field staple who passed away last summer. This is a video clip from "The San Francisco Chronicles 2003" and shows Bill riding some waves inside the bay on race gear. Very cool! Hope you enjoy it.
Had my first sesh in quite awhile at Crissy on Friday. It's been so windless and cold around here that I haven't even been looking at iWindsurf lately. I was just hanging around the house when I got a text at 4pm from a friend who was driving back from SFO telling me about whitecaps and windsurfers near the Golden Gate Bridge. Half an hour later, I was at the beach w/ my 5.2 and 108 planing back and forth on the rare north wind for an hour until sunset.
A fun day of storm sailing at Half Moon Bay captured by Sergey or videojibe.com. A bunch of us had been hoping that the forecasted strong winds would come to fruition at a reasonable time of day and without a lot of rain. We got our wish. A nice breeze with no rain for the most part was our reward. I started out on 4.7 and 81l, and that lasted for about 10 minutes before I decided to come in and rig down to 4.2. A nice day at HMB!