The Force continues to reign as Naish’s premier wave sail with the Session ideal for the lightweights and wave purists but what about the Boxer, sneaking up on the other two with its own tricky ideas about wave sailing. After a long conversation with the UK Importer about the ’09 kit, let’s find out what they’ve changed for 2009.
Force: Robby Naish’s signature wave sail – no need to change much here. Designed for sailors who want to ‘lock and load’ or in other words power up really quickly! High wind, bump & jump to all condition wave riding together with 100% cross ply – the Force continues to be Naish’s biggest seller. But then along comes the new Boxer….
Boxer: This range has received the most changes for 2009 with 4 batten sails in ALL sizes – yes, even the 5.8 and 6.2m. How did they do that? Well that’s kind of a Naish state secret put down to the genius of Nils Rosenblad. So Boxer fans no longer need to purchase a big Force (6.2m) for those light wind wave sailing days.
Onto the overall design across the range: firstly it looks more ‘square’ in the head and it has, apparently, more bottom end. This all leads to one thing: better manoeuvrability with some added power, ideal for launching yourself into the latest wave stunts. But don’t worry; the 100% x-ply sail has plenty of reinforcement for those painful bail outs. It also has the widest wind range (over the Force/Session). The Boxer is the radical, freestyle wave sail loved by John Skye and Julien Taboulet but don’t let that put you off– it just could be what you need to take your wave sailing to the next level.
Session: The Session is Naish’s down-the-line wave sail; light, manoeuvrable and the favoured sail of Anne Marie Reichmann, the gorgeous Dutch sailor and Top5 PWA wave sailor. The ’08 sails had two Dacron panels on the leading edge. For 2009, one has been taken out and replaced with one big panel leading to better visibility and a bit more bottom end.
Features on ALL sails: The window panel layout has been improved with visibility in mind. All wave sails have adjustable heads so you can sling on your 430 when you’ve just broke your 400 mast peeling down some awesome reef break but what to go and play more! All the usual Naish features remain but there are some nice extras like a new head protector, batten protectors on both sides of sail and a graduated scale for boom height written onto the luff.
The Look: The idea with the entire ’09 range is that you can tell it’s a Naish on the water. Naish may have suffered in the past from anonymity whist other brands jazzed up their sails with shiny, colourful materials. Not anymore! Brand identity is very important to Naish and so, as you can see, whether you are on a Force, Session or Boxer, they all say – I am a Naish!!