Jun 9, 2010
Maui Sails Switch 6.4
On the water: The MauiSails Switch is a proud survivor from the now defunct PWA Super Cross format. This discipline took an equal part of all the things most windsurfers aspire to on the water: speed, jumping and jibing. These are the exact things that the Switch does best! It has the stability to help push you to impressive speeds while still being soft enough to depower and rip through transitions. At the minimum to medium recommended downhaul setting the Switch is perfect for riders looking for a no-nonsense sail that simply gets them on the water and having fun. It still feels light in the hands despite the higher draft placement that helps to power wide-tailed and double back footstrap boards onto a plane. Increasing the downhaul lowers the draft just enough to turn it into a speedy bump-and-jump sail for anyone wanting to drag race in more challenging conditions. Your eyes may be blurry from the speed but fear not, the Switch still has all the control you need to boost huge air and rip through fully powered jibes.
Rigging: The Switch at 6.4m2 is about as versatile a sail you can find. Not only will it rig up on either a 460 centimetre or 430 centimetre mast, but you can use either a SDM or RDM as well. We tested it with both a 460 SDM and a 430 RDM and were pleasantly surprised that it didn’t lose much stability when switched to the shorter RDM (and it even gained a hair more low-end punch). Going with the longer SDM mainly just gave the sail a stiffer and less elastic feel.
Final Word: The Switch is a fast and light sail that is versatile both on the water and while rigging up.