Top 3 Windsurf Rigging Mistakes

by / Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Published in Kevin Pritchard, Latest News, Rigging

Windsurfing is a technical sport. I think it is one of the hardest sports in the world to learn, however once you get that first glide, that first jump you are all in! I came up with three of the most important sail tuning downfalls that I see as I walk around the beach. Let me talk you through my top three mistakes.
2014 Ezzy Lion with Cams

1. Will this mast work on my sail?

That question gets asked to me all the time. My answer is will it work, sure it will work, but will laundry soap work in the dishwasher,  will 87 octane gas work in your race car engine, will 35″ tires work on your Toyota Prius? You get my point,  yes it will work, but why on earth would you pay so much money for a new sail and not put the correct mast in it. The designers of every brand put so much time in to millimeters of shaping and hours of testing to bring you the best sails possible designed to a certain mast.

At Ezzy Sails, David spends countless hours, making sure the sails work on as many different masts as possible. For the Lion sails he even includes three sets of camber inducers to make sure the sail will work as best as it can for all different types of masts. He also prides himself in setting a very neutral luff curve to fit many mast brand manufactures, however the sails work best on the mast we use the most.

To get the most fun and ease out of your sail, get the right mast for it.

Ezzy Calibrated Rigging Guide

2. Not enough downhaul.

I think we are finally coming out of this era of windsurfing where everyone was not putting in enough downhaul. I know it is hard to pull the sail all the way to the correct setting but with the pulleys and correct threading it has become a lot easier to do it correctly. It has become so easy now a days with the rigging specs, printed on the sail bag, the sail, the extension, take some time to check it out to get the most out of your sail. One of the coolest thing that has come out in windsurfing in the last few years is the Ezzy Calibrated Rigging system. It makes it so easy to rig your sail right on every time. You put in the correct mast, and pull the gauge down to where the mast meets the extension. I love it and use it every day to make it mindless rigging.
Pay attention to  your manufacture’s rigging setting. It really makes things easier.

01-Elite Quick Rig from Ezzy Sails on Vimeo.

3. Over down hauling your sail when it gets windy.

It is getting windy, you don’t want to go in and derig your sail, so you come into the beach and blast the downhaul on your sail. While this might make it sailable, it also makes it stiffer because you are in a sense stiffening up the mast, by bending it more and making it actually harder to control. When the sail says max, it means max. My rule of thumb is to set your sail to max downhaul and then tune the power via the outhaul. Over tensioning a sail maybe the best way to get the power out of it, however it might not be the best way to get the most control out of your sail.

Use the outhaul to control your power.

6 Responses to “Top 3 Windsurf Rigging Mistakes”

  1. World of windsurf says : Reply

    Nice short tips

  2. Good advice. I’m a big guy (220#) and find I like my “max” about midway, which is to the gear on the Sailworks sails I use… then I adjust with outhaul as you do. If I rigged too small, sometimes I can get that extra kick by loosening the downhaul to the lower level on the water and get in a nice session. I carry a rigging tool so if it comes up, I can always come back to the beach to get it back to neutral or max… Many of my friends sail Ezzy and their rigging aids are sure nice.
    -Kirk out

  3. andy starr says : Reply

    how bout some innovation sails are still to narrow in range!
    I wanna see a sail that has features to make it adjustable on the water to …gain or eliminate wind…
    and I have some good ideas on how to achieve that goal! that NO ONE has ever tried!

  4. Thomas says : Reply

    Lower your waist harness down to the hips. (Including most pros except kauli and Roediger.)

  5. Ian says : Reply

    A great few tips. But still a sales pitch.
    If you have just splashed out on a new sail the chances of you having enough money to get a matching mast is exactly 0!
    Unfortunately our beloved sport is out pricing itself from the real world. It’s great if your sponsor can throw kit at you when you smash on a reef or go through a sail. But your average joe (or joess) simply cannot afford to have that luxury.

  6. Riyaz says : Reply

    I agree with Ian…while its great to have the latest tech in sport…there should be cheaper options out there too.

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