The SUPER_HERO has undergone the most comprehensive update since its introduction in 2012. Handling, neutrality and weight have improved noticeably once again and we can truly claim that it is the most versatile wave sail with the widest possible wind range that we have ever built. That's why we recommend it unreservedly for all conditions and all rider weights!
But one thing does not change: The new SUPER_HERO remains THE ultimate World Cup Wave sail, which always works optimally in all wave conditions around the globe. Due to the completely neutral and balanced draft position, numerous constructional changes, material optimisations as well as the LIGHT DONE RIGHT CONSTRUCTION, it’s unrivalled neutral feeling in the hands as well as stability and control in every situation makes it is the new favourite sail of PWA Wave triple world champion Victor Fernandez. Why? It rides very smoothly, is as responsive as a 3-batten sail in drift & go conditions and has real bite at the decisive moment. It is direct when pumping, planes early, develops real drive on the wave, is stable and offers this special neutrality for superior control thanks to its centred draft position.
In addition to optimizing performance, reducing the sail weight was a primary goal. With a modified panel layout, reinforcement patches with high-strength high-modulus fibres "Made in Germany" and a new mast sleeve construction, designer Kai Hopf achieves a weight reduction of a clearly noticeable 200 to 300 g! Unlike other brands, the thickness of the fabric and film used has not been reduced and thus the well-known durability of the SUPER_HERO is fully maintained! That's exactly why we call it LIGHT DONE RIGHT CONSTRUCTION.
Performance, dynamics and riding feel the benefit from the changed luff length and a new mast sleeve construction that comes without a seam at the leading edge (ONE PIECE SLEEVE) which allows for millimetre-precise tuning and a refined shape, resulting in a sensitive, more harmonious reflex.
The profile depth has been slightly reduced creating slightly less volume, which simplifies the handling, makes it even easier to control in overpowered conditions and offers maximum control during challenging jumps and in massive swell. Due to the more elastic ONE PIECE SLEEVE, the new profile works extremely efficiently and therefore has not lost propulsion in underpowered conditions.
Every single size of the SUPER_HERO is perfectly tuned and matured down to the last detail. The batten rotation remains buttery smooth even with minimal clew tension and the top works very actively, swallows hard gusts and supports acceleration. Therefore, you can confidently choose a smaller size than many other wave sails.
An important note:
DUOTONE is the only sail brand to offer two different wave sails: the SUPER_HERO with a centered-low draft position and the SUPER_STAR with a forward-up draft position. Both sails have their own character, ride differently and convey their own feeling. Therefore, you should not mix sails with different draft positions in your quiver, otherwise you will have to get used to them every time you change sails. By the way, this also applies to mixing DUOTONE sails with sails of other brands. Which sails match together or not can be found here.
WEIGHT REDUCTION OF A CLEARLY NOTICEABLE 200 TO 300 G WITHOUT REDUCING THE THICKNESS OF THE MAIN PANEL THUS MAINTAINING THE WELL-KNOWN DURABILITY AND LONGEVITY!
EACH SAIL CARRIES INDIVIDUALLY DEFINED VISUAL INDICATIONS FOR THE CORRECT OUTHAUL EXTENSION.
NO MORE SEAM AT THE LEADING EDGE >> 80 G LOWER WEIGHT AND NO HARD SPOT THROUGH OVERLAPPING PANELS
LAMINATE (100/150 MICRON) WITH THE LOWEST STRETCH AND BEST UV- AND PUNCTURE RESISTANCE ON THE MARKET
OPTIONAL QUICK RIGGING PATCH ALLOWS "TO THE SPOT" DOWNHAUL TRIMMING WITHOUT EVEN LOOKING TO THE TOP (PATENT PENDING)
THE LIGHTEST PROTECTOR ON THE MARKET, WITH INTEGRATED TRIM INDICATOR
UNBREAKABLE EPOXY BATTENS
FACTORY CALIBRATED INDIVIDUAL BATTEN TENSIONS USING A TORQUE WRENCH
ALSO AVAILABLE IN A MONOFILM-FREE HD-CONSTRUCTION
What would you prefer? Maximum puncture resistance and UV weathering resistance with minimal stretch? Or (theoretically) improved ripstop properties?
We went with option A and developed the most durable laminate on the market. Because the factors of puncture resistance, durability and stretch evidently depend only on the thickness of the film used, we use only 150 or 100 micron thick films for our exclusive XPLY PLUS. In an extensive series of tests, we have developed the ideal combination of necessary film thickness and number of threads. The X.PLY PLUS in particular, at 150 microns in thickness, boasts durability characteristics far in excess of previous laminates at minimal weight. This is also acknowledged by all the big surfing centres and rental equipment providers around the world, who place their trust in the unbeatable quality and longevity of our sails.
Made out of glass- or carbon fiber either as solid version with smaller diameter (= stronger) or tube version with larger diameter (= stiffer). For a better understanding the mast is like the backbone of your sail whereas the battens act like the ribs of your sail keeping the profile in place. Same as the mast also the battens have individual profiles (thinner tip, thicker tail) matching the profile of the sail.
Simple rule: the more battens the more stable (= faster + bigger wind range) the sail becomes. But also the heavier the sail becomes as battens account for approx. 40% of the sails total weight. Therefore handling/wave-oriented sails usually come with 4-5 battens whereas performance oriented sails usually come with 6-7 battens.
As a second guideline smaller sail sizes require fewer battens than larger sizes.
Usually there is a certain gap between the batten tip and the mast. This is necessary so that the batten can shift from one side of the mast to the other when sailing back and forth. A camber can be seen as a kind of connection between the batten tip and the mast filling out this gap.
This leads to much better aerodynamics as the cam enables a smooth transition between the thick mast into the thin sail body. In addition since the cam is braced against the mast the batten stabilises the sails profile much more effectively (sail becomes more stable = faster).
The downside is that the rotation from one side to the other becomes much harder. Plus the cambers need a certain space which requires a wider mast sleeve. This makes (water)starting much harder as the wider mast sleeve absorbs more water. Therefore cambers are mainly used on performance Freeride or high-performance Slalom sails.
A sail with a lot of foot roach reduces the gap between the sail and the board (close the gap) which makes it more efficient/performance-oriented.
On the other hand a high cut foot with less foot roach improves the handling especially for all kind of ducking moves.
A deeper sail profile gives you more power and performance in general.
A flatter profile on the other hand improves the handling as the distance of the flat profile is much shorter when shifting from one side to the other.
BOOM- AND LUFF LENGTH
Together with the sail size all dimensions increase. Means in general the larger the sail the longer the boom- and luff lengths become.
3.0 | 3.4 | 3.7 | 4.0 | 4.2 | 4.5 | 4.7 | 5.0 | 5.3 | 5.7
Duotone windsurfing sails come complete with sail bag, batten key and instructions
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