North Sails Hero 2017: A Sneak Peak Pre Review

north sails hero 2017Just recently I’ve bought a 5,3 m2 North Sails Hero 2017 and I want to write a review of the sail as soon as possible. As I have not used the sail yet I thought it would be valuable for you guys to have a sneak preview of this sail.

It’s so new in my quiver that I even haven’t had  a chance to rig it which I should do as soon as possible because there’s nothing more annoying than arriving on the beach when the wind is blowing and the waves are breaking and you have to find out how to rig your new sail and change the settings on a regular basis.

So, it’s a top priority on my todo list but for now, I have to postpone this.

Anyway, having said that, let’s move over to the actual pre-review as there’s a lot to mention about this new sail I have

Why I Bought The North Sails Hero 2017

I’m not sponsored nor do I have any connections to any windsurfing brand but I have to admit I’m on Fanatic boards and North Sails wave sails for over 20 years already.

The sails I used to have were a North sails Voodoo 4.2 and the North Sails Ice in the sizes 4.7 / 5.3 / 5.7 and on top of that, I also used to own a North Sails Instinct 6.2.

Not to go into detail all that much but for the people that don’t know any of these sails, they are quite old and though I had some great sessions with all of them it was about time to start updating my quiver.

The 6.2 I haven’t used for a few years and so I had no problems selling it without the need for a replacement.

The 5.7 is still mine and I will keep it for a while…probably…

The 5.3 is the biggest sail I normally use, with a bodyweight of 75 / 80 kilo’s combined with a 99 liter Fanatic Skate freestyleboard I don’t need anything bigger actually as I have more than enough windsurfing days where there’s at least 15 to knots here at the North Sea shore.

The 4.7 I still have as well.

The 4.2 is ready for replacement as well. Yes, it will be exchanged for a North Sails Hero as well.

Now that you have a little background on my quiver, you might start to see why I bought a North Sails wavesail again.

The sails suit me well, I like how they react and the on/off suits my kind of sailing just perfectly.

What I wanted to mention as well is that having only constant curve RDM masts makes choosing a sail designed for constant curve RDM masts a no brainer as well.

What’s New On The 2016 Versus 2017 North Sails Hero Sails?

Compared to the 2016 Hero’s, the main difference on the 2017 edition is that sailwindow has less monofilm and got an extra panel of x ply making it stronger.

Combine that with the already exceptional low sail weight, you’ve got a really light yet strong wavesail on your hands.

The 3 batten option of 2016 has been deleted and now the complete sailrange is designed on a 4 batten wavesail concept.

There are some new colors but that’s not of any influence on the sail behavior, it just looks nice.

Having the Fanatic Triwave as my waveboard of choice though, I choose the red color version as it goes wel with the color of the board.

Fanatic Grip 2018

fanatic grip

The all new Fanatic Grip took me by surprise! I don’t know what about you but I didn’t expect Fanatic to get rid of their supper famous quad and triwave waveboards all at the same time.

Actually I was some what dissapointed when I found out these perfect waveboard had dissapeared from their waveboard line up.

Fanatic Grip: Replacing The Quad And Triwave…Say What?!

As a Fanatic fanboy I found it a pity that I haven’t been able to give the grip a spin, but who knows maybe I’ll be able to test (and review) the replacement of the quad and triwave boards somewhere along the Dutch coastal waters later this year or some where in 2018.

Since Fanatic decided to let their hugely popular triwave and quad boards go on an early retirement, there had to come some awesome new waveboard in return.

Along with their testwinning Stubby the new board had some high standards to live up to as Fanatic is known to be a brand with great, easy to use waveboards.

One of the strengths of Fanatic is that, though they might not always be the first to come out with a new trend, (the Stubby is obviously an exeption to that rule) you can be sure that when they do release something new it’s thoroughly tested by their pro teamriders as well as advanced amateurs.

When Will I Review The Fanatic Grip?

As mentioned above I haven’t been able to test and review the new Fanatic Grip. When I do get the oppurtunity I will not only review it but also compare it to it’s predecessor: the Triwave!

I have a Fanatic Triwave 81 team edition of 2011 which is my goto waveboard for some years now. And I’m really curious how the new Grip will behave compared to my triwave.

I’m so eager to find out how both boards behave to each other while going upwind, jump, waveride (backside as well as frontdside) and handle some highwind chop.

Fanatic Grip And Stubby 2018 Product Video

This article will be extended with some opinions from my side as soon as I have investigated the board some more. Some local windsurfing shops that have the board on the shelves should let me take some measurements and pictures, I’m sure of that.

But while I have nothing more to share with you than the article above, I guess by now it’s time to leave you with the product video of the Grip and the Stubby.

The video is a must watch as Sebastian Wenzel (the shaper) and Klaas Voget and Victor Fernandez as well as some other riders show you what the new boards are capable of and give you some detailed info on the new boards.

Locosys GT-31 Handheld GPS

locosys GT-31 device

Locosys GT-31I can finally say that I’m the proud owner of an Locosys GT-31. Though it might not make me windsurf better or faster it fur sure is a whole lot of fun to use one, so the windsurfers around me say.

Because to be honest, I’m the first one to admit to you that I never used one before and, at the time of writing have no clue how to use it.

But, hey, there most be more people at the stage where I am right now which is being totally new to the device and who want to know how to use it.

So, I thought it would be valueable to write a review about it and show you how to install and use it.

What is the Locosys GT-31 and who is it for

For those of you that are not that interested in speed windsurfing and have no clue what I’m talking about it’s an handheld GPS device, actually it’s the most used GPS device among windsurfers worldwide.

Yes, worldwide!

And though Locosys now has a newer speed registrating device, in the form of a watch, the GW-60, speed (but also slalom) windsurfers are still in huge numbers using their trusted GT-31.

So, to briefly tell you what it is…It’s a handheld GPS tracking and registrating device.

Locosys GT-31 Pre Review

In the near future I’ll review the GT31, for now I haven’t had an opportunity to use and therefor review it.

I’ve struggled a little to find out how to adjust the settings, but finally it’s working. How do I know it’s working well right now?

Well I’ve activated the device and after it found the needed satelites, I took it into my car and drove a little with it. The good news is that I saw on the screen it recorded the top speed (among some other things).

Now it’s finding out how to upload the file to my laptop and finally upload the “session” to GPS Speedsurfing. After that it’s taking the device on the water and record some sessions while reviewing it thoroughly.