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Naish Force 5.3

Mar 4, 2011

Luff: 435 Boom: 170
For 2011, the Force continues where it left off last year, in pushing the limits of lightness without sacrificing durability. During the test, we rigged it on Naish’s 60 per cent carbon RDM—when most other brands sent 100 per cent carbon masts—and testers still found it to be one of the lightest rigs.
    At Punta San Carlos, the Force was consistently one of the first sails on the water. It’s combination of being lightweight, powerful and efficient means the rider can comfortably schlog around to catch waves, and then be the first one planing as the wind fills in. On the wave, a slightly higher draft gives it good drive in the bottom turn, and it has the ability to go neutral early enough to make timing the lip something you can focus on without interruption. To keep the session going once the wind really fills in, a little yank on the outhaul was preferred, rather than messing with the downhaul tension. Like most sails that go neutral as easily as the Force, downhaul noticeably changes the feel of the sail, and some adjustment in technique is required to compensate, which can lead to frustration. Finding the downhaul’s sweet spot on initial tuning may require a bit of trial and error, depending on the rider’s style and size—smaller testers preferred the Force with a little more downhaul tension.
    On flat water, the Force balances perfectly on FSW boards, and lets you work the chop for air just as well as it lets you rip any flat sections with an aggressive jibe or new-school freestyle move. It has enough stability to take most FSW boards up to full speed but, like many other sails with new-school scrim materials, once it’s overpowered, things deteriorate quickly.
    The Force is a lightweight power wavesail; it will charge in perfect down-the-line conditions, find you power to ride onshore slop, and then rule your bump-and-jump playground when the coast shuts off. naishsails.com



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