Oct 30, 2009
The 2010 Naish Boxer could be the flashiest sail in windsurfing today. The skull and crossbones screams Robby Naish... and who wouldn't want to rock some of his signature gear! We grabbed a Boxer 5.8 at the AWSI industry demo in the Gorge this past September and here's what we found.
The Boxer has been around since 2003 and has proven its staying power. Designed with a short-luffed compact shape, many sizes of the Boxer rig on shorter masts than other similar size wavesails. Built for new-school windsurfers who are combining freestyle and wavesailing together this sail is shaped to provide all the power of the Naish Force with the easy handling of the Session. Note: we've noticed that Naish national teamrider Wyatt Miller (a larger freestyler) prefers the Boxer to the Session in sizes above 5.0-meters.
As with the entire 2010 Naish sail lineup the first thing you notice when riding the Boxer is it's lighter feel compared to previous models due to the use of X-166 Ultralight scrim in the critical top section. Riders already accustomed to the Boxers will be blown away, while most others will need to give this sail a session or two before adjusting to it's different feel coming from the unique geometry. The Boxer's compact shape creates a little more sail area up high and behind the rider that you can definitely feel; however, the leech is well supported and the Boxer doesn't get easily overpowered in the gusts. So once you are familiar with how to lean and balance against it you will have a great time.
There is no doubting that the Boxer has tons of power. Whether you are looking to just get planing or busting into the biggest and baddest move in your bag of tricks, this sail has what it takes. So if you are willing to go with the power it will surely help you into any looping or spinning move more robustly than any other sail.
Jibing and Maneuverability:
The Boxer rotates smoothly and cleanly through transitions, as the boom length is not that long, plus the ample power will help keep you planing through any transition. Despite the new x166 Ultralight scrim material, the Boxer is not quite as light feeling in the hands as the other Naish wavesails due to its huge head area. For freestylers there's tons of power to get you out of the water and adding a more impressive (powerful) dimension to moves, but care has to be taken for control on landings, especially when clewfirst.
Rigging and Tuning:
Smaller and lighter riders can increase downhaul to lower the draft for a more comfortable feel to match their size. However, with too much downhaul tension the leech gets a little too loose for proper control in transitions. Freestylers in particular should take care to pay attention to the leech while tuning.
Naish's new downhaul pulley is awesome with the option for a loop and go 4:1 set-up. In the traditional 6:1 set-up you may have to rethink your threading method, but you will soon find out that this system actually makes a lot more sense than the former one (the pulley now lines up perfectly with most base extensions).