Photos of Ben Proffitt by PWA/Carter except one above which is by Klaas Voget
Simmer Sails Icon 2007
Simmer used to be a small, Maui based brand used by Maui locals like Keith Teboul. A few years ago they went global, setting up importerships in Europe and sponsoring Euro riders like Victor Fernandez & Ben Proffitt. With Victor winning the 2006 Pozo contest on the Simmer Icons, this expansion has paid off with Simmer gaining recognition & credibility outside of their main markets in the US.
Simmer has four wave sails for 2007 covering the full range of conditions. The Vision is for down-the-line, the X-Flex for sideshore, the Crossover for onshore and the Icon for a bit of both! Simmer call it your World Wide Wave sail – you get the picture – it will do the job, whatever you have to deal with.
Plenty of power upfront with a full draft for getting you up and over whitewater & powering into those jumps.
Moderate boom length for ease of handling in windy, wavey conditions.
X-ply body panel construction with Kevlar perimeter paneling.
Colours: White/Black Red/Black White/Red
Clyde Waite has recently purchased a set of Icons. Here is what he thought:
The Simmer Icon is a sail that is a real pleasure to use if you like tuneablility. It has a range of outhaul and downhaul settings that combine to give it a very wide wind range. I prefer to set them quite powerful with a lot of grunt and not too much outhaul, but if you like to have it more flicky then add a couple of cms of outhaul.
The sail itself seems to get you up and going, but then feels light in the hands. Apart from the 5.9m they are not as powerful as the powerhouse style sails from the main brands, but are a nice crisp mix of power and maneouvreability. Plus they look decent and have more reinforcement than the British Army.
COST: £355 – £395
AVAILABILITY: October 2006