NORTH SAILS 2015 HERO M.E. -
4-Batten-Wave Sail for Reduced Diameter Masts only - in sizes 3.0 to 5.8.
With the first HERO designer Kai Hopf immediately achieved a big bang and all international tests praised the World Cup 4-batten wave sail into the sky. No matter who got their hands on the HERO no one wanted to give it back. One reason for this euphoria is the fact that the favorite sail of superhero Victor Fernandez fits perfectly with the current multi-fin boards and independent of the sailor's weight always guarantees maximum performance.
The consistent development in the past 12 months is fully paying off. Replete with the finest components and technical solutions, the new HERO always generates a lot of drive, regardless of whether under- or properly powered up. Despite a further draft back position it doesn’t become back handy, even when overpowered. Due to fine-tuning of all sizes the extremely wide wind range compared to conventional 4 batten sail is immediately noticeable.
The low weight makes for an incredible handling. While rigging you can already imagine how light and soft the sail feels. The rotation is as smooth as silk, even with minimal outhaul tension.
On the water it immediately appears that your backhand is the throttle. Just sheet in and the HERO immediately builds up power and speeds up, and gets you going. On the wave it becomes a discreet engine always ready to accelerate when needed. The top is working very effective supporting the power. Therefore, you can safely choose a sail size smaller than with many other wave sails. This applies to almost any rider, regardless of weight.
Kai Hopf developed the BALANCED.LUFF.LENGTH, a precisely balanced ratio of luff length to boom length. As short as possible for most radical throw-ability and as long as necessary to generate sufficient stability for maximum wind range.
Design, processing, shape and features such as the iBUMPER mast protector make the radical HERO a perfect package to which the competition must be measured again. The HERO is exclusively designed for RDM masts due to its narrow sleeve and elastic characteristics. The smaller mast diameter perfectly matches this softer feeling sail and shorter luff.
Absolutely identical in design, the HERO M.E. differs only in the reduced amount of X.PLY. This price advantage we are happy to pass on.
With the trend moving towards multi-fin wave boards the down the line surfing style has remarkably changed. In contrary to single-fin wave boards, multi-fin wave boards don’t get “carved” over the rail but instead get much more turned through the fins. The angular momentum for the bottom turn is now initiated through sheeting in your sail. To do this you need a sail that gives the rider a certain “feedback” triggering the turn. This means a sail with a draft position being further back and therefore pull on both hands.
This pull on both hands has further advantages: As an advantage this pull on both hands means you have something to “hold on to” giving you extra balance/stability (which also counts for flat water sailing on single-fin boards). Also you can rig one size smaller as the further draft back profile produces more low-end power. Another advantage of this new sailing style is that the bottom turn is initiated at much lower speeds which makes it much easier especially for entry level wave sailors. On the other hand pros now can surf much closer to the impact zone. During the bottom turn you do not have to stand upright over the rail anymore but can remain in a natural slightly tucked position. Therefore compared to the ICE our brand-new 4-batten wave sail HERO not only has a slightly further back- but also lower draft position, which helps the high-end control.
HERO / HERO M.E.
Size Boom max (cm) Luff max (cm) Vario
Top Battens Weight (kg) Mast Type: Best//Alternative Mast Length (cm): Best/Alternative Mast Geometry: Best/Alternative
3.0 140 351 • 4 2.75 Platinum/Gold//Silver 370 RDM/--
3.4 143 361 • 4 2.90 Platinum/Gold//Silver 370/400 RDM/--
3.7 143 371 • 4 3.00 Platinum/Gold//Silver 370/400 RDM/--
4.0 151 378 • 4 3.10 Platinum/Gold//Silver 370/400 RDM/--
4.2 155 385 • 4 3.20 Platinum/Gold//Silver 370/400 RDM/--
4.5 157 399 • 4 3.30 Platinum/Gold//Silver 400/370 RDM/--
4.7 162 404 -- 4 3.40 Platinum/Gold//Silver 400/370 RDM/--
5.0 168 418 -- 4 3.50 Platinum/Gold//Silver 400 RDM/--
5.3 174 433 -- 4 3.60 Platinum/Gold//Silver 430/400 RDM/--
5.6 177 449 -- 4 3.70 Platinum/Gold//Silver 430 RDM/--
5.8 186 439 -- 4 3.80 Platinum/Gold//Silver 430 RDM/--
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