Oct 16, 2009
If you are looking with a windsurfing sail with maximum "bling" then search no farther than the flashy 2010 S-1 from Severne. Here's a ultra-light weight wave/freestyle sail that will get people looking at you both on land and on the water.
Severne calls the S-1 a "manoeuvre wave/freestyle" sail. It has a flatter profile and tighter skin tension allowing precision placement of the rig for any wave or freestyle move. This is the lightest wave sail in the Severne range.
The first thing testers noticed is that this sail is super light-weight for a 5.9-metre. The power comes on smoothly and with a little finesse experienced riders can get planing with most other wave sails on the market. The S-1 feels efficient and drag-free while accerating. Although not as stable in huge gusts as the Blade it has an unmatched light feel for wave riding and freestyle in it's own wind range. The low and forward draft suits single rear strap boards (wave or freestyle) more than any double rear-strapped freeride boards and the boom feels just long enough to keep the sail from being twitchy.
The S-1 lightweight feel makes you feel like you can try things you would normaly only go for on sails a meter smaller. Whether you are going for you first jibe or first Flaka the S-1 will give you confidence. The rig has good balance once de-powered and is stable enough for clew-first sailing and ducking moves.
The boom angle is a little straighter than on most sail out there but this is easy to adjust too. Experiment with the two clew options to find what feels right for you. The S-1's leech is very sensitive to downhaul tension (it get's noticeably loose and floppy very quickly with added downhaul past recommended spec) so a skilled eye while tuning will help you get the most out of it.
The 2010 Severne S-1 is a super lightweight wave/freestyle sail that stays light through maneuvers and has an efficient and slippery feel at speed.
- official S-1 web page from Severne Sails