Oct 9, 2009
The Windsport test team just got their hands on a quiver of 2010 Naish Sessions and were excited about trying them out. The Session is designed to be the most pure down-the-line wavesail in Naish's lineup. It's ultra-light low drafted feel is intended to work best in the hands of side-off shore wavesailors and lightweights but we found it's supreme ability to go neutral during maneuvers also makes it an excellent option for efficient freestylers.
The first thing you'll notice when you head out on the 2010 version of a Session is it's incredibly light feel. In fact, it feels a good half-meter smaller than the similar size sail from one year ago. This comes not only from draft placement but also from the use of a new X-166 Ultralight scrim in the top section. You'll swear you grabbed the wrong sail until you realize that the proper power found in last years model is still there. The Session powers up best in the hands of efficient or lighter weight sailors. Power hungry windsurfers might prefer the Naish Force, but taller freestylers (like Naish teamrider Wyatt Miller for example who rides Sessions) can find all the power they need providing they have the efficient skills required. The pull is slightly crisper than last years Session, making it an excellent crossover sail between waves and bump & jump conditions.
Here is where the weight-loss will be most appreciated as the Session gives you the feeling that you can try anything. It depowers nicely allowing you to position it properly before trying your intended maneuver (whether it be in freestyle or waves). The sail was not as easy to duck when powered during advanced maneuvers as some more freestyle-oriented sails. In the hands of a back and forth gyber, the Session will feel super light and still have enough pull from up-top to rip jibes (providing they stick to the recommended downhaul setting and not over downhaul it).
Rigging & Tuning:
The Session's leech does not seem to fall off as cleanly as in previous years - downhaul seems to add more flop between the top two battens instead of progressing down the leech. However draft height is still easily manipulated with downhaul (ie. more downhaul will lower the draft/pull). Compared to last year's model, with added downhaul the extra top flop makes it harder to tune out the sail's dive when ducked during advanced maneuvers... so we prefered it rigged with a slightly tighter leech (more to the downhaul spec).
The Bells & Whistles:
Durable and light looks to be what Naish is going for with a 100 per cent grid construction using the new X-166 Ultralight scrim up high in the sail where swing weight will affect you most.
The new clew design of a titanium clew ring is intended to minimize weight and allows for a more compact boom length.
A new roller tack pulley is the best in the business allowing for an easy 4:1 loop-and-go for the fastest rigging experience ever. The pulley is turned 90-degrees to lineup more easily with most extensions and makes 6:1 downhauling easier than ever.
By using a new x166 cloth in the 2010 Session, Naish has found a way to make one of the best wave sails on the market simply feel even lighter.