Jun 9, 2010
Hansen V-Wave 6.3 and 5.6
On the water: Hansen’s new V-Wave is a manoeuvre-oriented sail with a higher cut foot compared to sails in their B-Wave line. All the sensations you’d expect to find in a wavesail are present. There’s the flat profile that allows it to depower easily and keeps the sail neutral in transitions. It has elasticity allowing it to expand and power up, yet still twist off at the head despite a relatively tight leech. These features also make the sail reactive to the wind providing great feedback in your hands and compared to most high-end wavesails the feedback is rarely overwhelming. The draft height is set for boards with a single rear strap. Adding downhaul transforms it into a more controllable bump-and-jump sail, while decreasing downhaul gives it more torque to throw you aggressively into a bottom turn or new school freestyle trick.
Rigging: The V-Wave’s we had for testing were first-run production sails without recommended settings, but regardless of their exact numbers both sail’s luff specifications are so close to standard mast length that they can be easily rigged on one of two length masts. Having the choice for a 6.3 m2 to be rigged on a 460 or 430 centimetres is not uncommon, but you will be hard pressed to find a 5.6 that rigs on either a 430 or 400 centimetre mast. Impressively, Hansen has done this without the sail developing any rig quirks, meaning that the normal tuning indicators of leech twist and sail depth all work the way they should regardless of the mast’s length.
Final word: The V-Waves have all the performance you’d expect for waves, freestyle and bump-and-jump conditions, plus the 5.6 m2 fits on a 400 centimetre mast to boot.