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North Curve 5.4

Mar 4, 2011

Luff: 439 Boom: 179
The Curve is a new value-priced crossover sail from North, which is designed sharing a shape similar to their popular Duke, but with a lighter and less heavily reinforced construction.
    One of the most loved features on any North sail is the on-sail downhaul guide that clearly shows you where you’re at, anywhere from the “Min” to “Max” tension settings for the sail. We used the “Min” setting for non-planing sessions with windsurf-able stand-up paddleboards, where the Curve’s tight leech and lightweight feel allowed it to find wind when there was little to be found. In planing conditions, we recommend downhauling the Curve at least close to the “Max” setting, to lower the draft and keep the sail feeling light in the hands. With this feature, we found it a good match for progressing sailors on modern freeride boards. When pushed to its top speed in the biggest gusts, we found there was some leech flutter that disrupted its solid feel. Backing off the downhaul tension will tighten the leech to get rid of the flutter, but it also raises the draft, which may be a perfect option for larger riders.
    The Curve feels great in transitions, due to its light feel. Its ability to go neutral allows it to perform in the waves, but the light build may not stand up to very many poundings. The Curve also makes a fun freestyle sail with its power getting you going quickly, and the light weight makes it easy to find balance as you slide through contorted new-school moves. These traits also make it a great sail for progressing intermediates who will really like that the price doesn’t take as much commitment as more specialized gear.
    The Curve is the perfect sail for the progressing freerider or freestyler who will love the consistent power in a straight line and the lightweight feel for transitions. north-windsurf.com



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