Mar 4, 2011
Luff: 429 Boom: 173
RRD is quickly putting together a sail line to rival the popularity of their boards. For 2011, they have added a performance sail for a more complete lineup, as well as updating all of last year’s models. The SuperStyle is a crossover design that’s meant to cover all types of conditions, from waves to flatwater. It’s been updated with more X-ply in the top of the sail, and refinements to the shape, which give it a larger tuning range.
A bit of seam shaping gives the SuperStyle a big sweet spot that generates plenty of get-up-and-go, even if the rider is a somewhat heavy handed. The higher draft provides enough power to get a wider highwind freeride board up and planing, but, with the shortish boom length, prefers to have a freestyle, FSW or waveboard underneath it. In Punta San Carlos, we found it worked well on the newest quad-fin waveboards now available, and the durable construction held up even after being washed by some pretty big waves. The higher draft makes the SuperStyle a great bump-and-jump sail, helping to add height to any jump and to drive the rail during aggressive jibes. On flat water, it provides excellent pop for getting the board out of the water for new-school tricks, but doesn’t go neutral quite as quickly as some other sails, thus requiring a little more timing precision.
The SuperStyle is one of the easiest sails in the test to tune, as long as you don’t over-downhaul it. Getting the leech to twist off down to the third batten happens in a progressive manner that only subtly changes the lower part of the sail. If the leech gets any looser then the sail’s shape begins to change quickly, resulting in the draft moving back. You’ll know you’ve over-downhauled, for sure, if the sail becomes too flat for proper outhaul tension.
The SuperStyle is very solid feeling with reliable pull that gives confidence to all riders, whether their goal is to get into the footstraps or thrown their first Goiter. robertoriccidesigns.com