THE ONSHORE BEAST
Designed for: If you’re looking for power, but power which can plane in the lightest conditions and at the same time challenge even the toughest situations, this is the sail for you. Onshore, blasting on bump and jump conditions, this is the sail you are looking for.
The tests on magazines say: Well-made and eye catching, the Point 7 Spy is much more than its billing as a Power Wave sail would imply. Offering an abundance of power and practicality over a wide wind range, it is a true all-round contender and comes well recommended by us. Particularly in onshore conditions and small waves, to use the power of the sail in the surf and jumping. Really good in Bump and jump also.
Its character: A powerful masterpiece and a symbol of control. Using a rich forward positioned profile for great drive mixed with good skin tension, the SPY is a powerful yet extremely controllable sail which ensures you stay on top of things in the widest variety of conditions and range of winds. Undoubtedly the right choice for many and most. Power is nothing without control!
Developed and designed by: The Point-7 Black Team. A team of professional sailors and designers who have proved themselves by designing the winning sail for the World Champion in the PWA Slalom World Tour. It’s not just our wave sailors who have enjoyed testing this model, but a good part of the feedback to refine speed and power is also coming from the Slalom team.
Development Target: Targeting an ideal blend of measured power and balanced handling. Assuring an efficient energy to the board, even with a shorter boom length, making it shorter than what you would normally expect on this sail size. Delivering power efficiently to the board, the Spy remains balanced in the hands with its short boom length making it feel smaller than its quoted area. From light wind wave sail, to high wind straight-line blaster; heavy weight’s power wave sail to intermediates tutor- the Spy displays the manners and practicality to cater for the demands of most. The key attribute is the Spy’s low focused power position, which provides constant usable power without pulling the rider on to their toes, yet helps to pin the board down in extreme conditions and retain control at all times.
Outline: Ensuring efficient power transfer to the board, even with a shorter boom length, whilst remaining balanced in the hands. This dependable control remains a feature of the Spy throughout its wind range, allowing it to adapt effortlessly to any number of roles.
Battens: 5-batten construction, with important profile along the lower 3 battens to satisfy the stability and power in all conditions.
Clew and Eyelets: Two eyelet positions. The lower eyelet to create more opening of the lower leach to increase control in stronger wind, and the higher eyelet to increase power and acceleration. We do advise the upper eyelet, unless you are a lightweight sailor.
Leech, Rotation and profile: a central profile with a thin leading edge. A great deal of shape locked low and forward in the draft, providing plenty of obvious bottom end power and drive. On its minimum setting, the pronounced profile is complimented with plenty of movement in its large Dacron luff panel and luff tube, its structure maintained by the bottom battens pushing forward to sit flush with the mast’s leading edge. Even on maximum setting the Spy displays plenty of shape, the bottom batten retaining plenty of rotation as the leech falls away significantly, to allow speed and fast release.
Body Material: 100% assembled with X-ply laminates, mixing the base with the 5 mil Anti UV-Black X-ply Laminate, the entire body with the 4mil Anti UV-Black X-ply Laminate, and 5mil X-ply transparent window. X-ply batten pockets for lighter weight and improved reflex.
Rigging: The Spy is straightforward to rig, requiring an easy amount of force to counter its luff curve to set the rotation of the profile in order to obtain a slight loose leach which falls to the front point of the first top mini batten. Playing with the outhaul will boost up power or increase control, but do give a good outhaul tension until you find your perfect performance. Tighten the bottom and top batten, but just remove wrinkles on the other battens without overtightening them. If the wind becomes increasingly severe, the Spy can be retuned with more tension, increasing the twist in the leech without losing much shape in the draft.
We decided to work on also with our slalom team, and having Ricardo Campello to guide us. A new true adventure. So the slalom testers, looking for their own wave sail. How many slalom sailors are wave sailing for fun? This is what the plan was. Having a dedicated wave sail to bring non pro wave sailors to have an automatic pilot to go and hit that lip. Not only the power in order to have the right drive through a bottom turn, but allowing to go radical as being on a four batten sail without being too technical wave sailors. The Salt is there for the pro wave sailors, so there was no need to try to make the same sail in 5 battens. Thanks to Ricardo, the comfort of the sail in rough conditions, the speed in the rotation for executing moves, is making this 5 batten wave sail become an amazing handling and powerful sail. You ask, it delivers.
Andrea Cucchi, ITA 1
|Size||Luff||Mast||Mast Diameter||Mast Advice %||Ext||Ext Type||Boom||Boom Type||Vario||Battens|
|4,0||375||370||rdm||100, 80, 60||6||rdm 32/48||148||Alu/carbon||●||5|
|4,2||388||370||rdm||100, 80, 60||18||rdm 32/48||150||Alu/carbon||●||5|
|4,5||398||370||rdm||100, 80, 60||28||rdm 32/48||153||Alu/carbon||●||5|
|4,7||400||370||rdm||100, 80, 60||30||rdm 32/48||155||Alu/carbon||○||5|
|5,0||417||400||rdm||100, 80, 60||18||rdm 32/48||162||Alu/carbon||●||5|
|5,4||423||400||rdm||100, 80, 60||24||rdm 32/48||167||Alu/carbon||●||5|
|5,9||440||430||rdm (sdm)||100, 80, 60||12||rdm (sdm) 32/48||175||Alu/carbon||○||5|
|6,4||453||430||rdm (sdm)||100, 80, 60||24||rdm (sdm) 32/48||184||Alu/carbon||○||5|