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29 Jul 2014, 09:05 AM



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Light, lighter and as radical as possible! The IDOL_LTD is the personal pro model of freestyle record world champion Gollito Estredo. For this freestyle genius Kai Hopf has fulfilled all his wishes and created the most sophisticated, extreme freestyle production sail that we have ever built. All IDOL_LTD’s are unbelievably light sails because instead of conventional X.PLY the futuristic high-tech laminate "ODL" is being used in combination with our 4mil ULTRA.FILM. These materials are 50% lighter than conventional sail cloth and push the weight to sensationally low. To clarify: The weight of IDOL_LTD corresponds to a 1.5m smaller HERO / VOLT (e.g. 4.8 compares to 3.4)! 2017 all IDOL LTD generate even more performance plus and the smaller sizes are also significantly easier to control in overpowered conditions.

From the second you ride on the IDOL_LTD you will have a smile on your face. It feels absolutely neutral, doesn’t show any unwanted life of its own and is a feather in your hands so that you nearly forget about the sail during moves and maneuvers. This is one of the most important aspects especially for freestyle! It spins incredibly fast through all tricks even during the most difficult ducking moves and feels as if you rotate without a sail.

The high clew and the short boom length excel at ducking so that no speed is lost. With the new IDOL_LTD the success rate of difficult maneuvers and the fun increases straight away making you automatically go for even more radical moves!

Designer Kai Hopf has designed the IDOL_LTD for maximum efficiency. Compared to the regular IDOL it features a tighter leech, a reduced weight and a higher clew. Not only will maneuvers become much easier but also get performed at higher speed. This is due to the sophisticated profile distribution. All of these aspects are apparent over a wide wind range and you will be surprised how large the trimming capabilities are on the new IDOL_LTD.

2 important points:

1. Even if other brands do not speak about it, we will tell the truth: ultra lightweight can only be achieved through the reduction of material thickness. Since the film thickness of the ODL laminate is reduced to the absolute minimum, the UV stability is limited. Therefore, this sail is excluded from the usual NorthSails 2+3.year.warranty!

2. Q: Why are we still using a rather "boring" looking white film in the center panel? A: We are using a high-end monofilm called ULTRA.FILM which is lighter and stronger than any other monofilm available making the IDOL_LTD the lightest monofilm Freestyle sail on the market . Unfortunately this high-end monofilm is only available in white color. 

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17_idol_ltd_studio_2.pngKey features

01   NEW: HOLLOW.LOWER.LEECH (scooped leech outline) with additional MINI.BATTEN stabilizes the profile right above the boom and prevents leech flattering 

> 02   NEW: RADIAL.LOAD.STRIPES at the clew improve the stability and extend the wind range  

> 03   NEW: size 5.6 to comply to reduced wind limit on PWA freestyle events

> 04   5.2 now designed around the RDM 430 and 400 mast

> 05   Super high clew and short boom allow fastest possible ducking to avoid loosing any speed

> 06   Thanks to the trend setting high-tech yachting materials (ODL laminate and 4 mil ULTRA.FILM) the IDOL is our lightest Freestyle sail of all time

07   Super-stretchy DACRON+ODL.DOUBLE.LUFF.PANEL enables maximum lift for all the jumps against the sail

> 08   3 ultra-light TUBE.BATTENS

> 09   PURE.PATCH.TECHNOLOGY at the clew, luff and the batten pocket ends make for 50% weight savings compared to regular patches

> 10   iROCKET, NorthSails lightest batten tensioner of all time

> 11   Exclusively designed for RDM masts



nsw_ws_tech_since_logo_1.png50 years of leading sail technology

For more than 50 years we have been focusing exclusively on the research, development and production of high-quality profiles. As well as sails for yachts, Windsurfers and kitesurfing kites

Athletes have won everything that there is to win using our profiles. Revolutionary approaches and technologies have always been and will always be part of our success. Almost all details and features that went into our windsurfing products emerged during the development and evolution of the WARP World Cup race sail and its predecessors, which always delivered the highest performance possible. When comparing them with other sail brands, you should always pay particular attention to the unique solutions and innovations that are responsible for the performance of NorthSails Windsurfing. You will realize that most of these features can only be found on our sails. 



Perfect trim and huge wind range!

Even newcomers can immediately trim the sail 100% correctly. Simply downhaul the sail until the boarderline of the loose leech reaches the “min dot“ or “max dot“ (depending on the wind speed). That’s it! The exclusive VTS acts like a turbocharger, ensuring maximum performance and an extended range of use. Trimming has never been faster and more accurate!

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Say goodbye to misplaced harness lines!

Forget the time-consuming search for the ideal harness line position, the numb forearms, and the endless fiddling around! The patented print on the sail shows exactly where the center of the harness line has to be. Just position the two ends symmetrically at the left and right of the print, that‘s all.


(Except IDOL_LTD and WARP F2015) 

Quality guaranteed - No other brand offers something similar

Short-term thinking minimum weight is great. But over-reducing necessary reinforcements automatically reduces the longevity. NorthSails is famous for the perfect ratio weight to durability. To prove the superior durability and quality, we grant a unique 2+3.YEAR.WARRANTY on all our sails (does not include monofilm)! To secure the extended warranty claims please immediately register under north-windsurf.com/eng/warranties/register. Otherwise just the legal warranty period can be granted!




Twice as durable, half the stretch

NorthSails stands for unsurpassed quality that guarantees a longer life for our sails. The triple zig-zag seams significantly contribute to this. And they don‘t come, as usual, in a single, but in a double version! They cover all exposed crash areas that would otherwise be damaged. The result is higher resistance to tear and a reduction of stretch by up to 50% as a result of the second seam, also benefiting profile stability and performance. Only the DOUBLE.SEAM.TECHNOLOGY by NorthSails can deliver this!



More protection, less abrasion

The iBUMPER is probably the most innovative mast protector on the market. Under heat its highly resilient surface material gets thermally connected to a shock-absorbing foam. The intelligent arrangement of the ribs and surfaces not only offer weight advantages, but also eliminates the two most common problems. The contoured upper section provides unprecedented bump protection and cushioning in the event of foot or lower leg contact. The lower part however is designed towards maximum abrasion resistance to meet the frequent board contact. This is indicated by the absence of ribs and the generous surface. Smart detail: a mesh pocket at the inside to store the excess downhaul rope.


No stretch, no tension loss

What has been proven in safety belts is just good enough for us windsurfers! As the only manufacturer we use Polyester webbing at the (vario) top, the tack roller and the batten tensioner attachment-loops. The advantage over conventional Polypropylene is the almost non-existing stretch. Even brand new sails now keep the full downhaul tension and need not be re-tensioned. The same is true for the batten tensioner. A small detail with a great effect!


Fewer layers, lower weight

With the newly developed high-tech PURE.PATCH.TECHNOLOGY one layer of PURE PE material replaces the traditional multi-layer reinforcements. This applies to the clew, luff and the batten pocket ends. The altered structure in combination with the highly abrasion-resistant and virtually indestructible PURE material saves 50% of the weight of the previous patches! Woven in two direction


(all E_TYPE with fixed top)

Even faster and easier to rig

The all-new VTS.PLUS trim indicators (FAST.RIGGING.INDICATION) that make all E_TYPE and CURVE sails with fix-top even easier and faster to rig. Thanks to precise specifications of the mastand boom lengths the down- and outhaul are simply pulled as far as it goes, done! Of course, the traditional VTS trimming dots are also available to allow all specialists more flexibility for maximum performance.


Lighter, more aerodynamic, extremely durable

With 50% less weight than its predecessor, the iROCKET is our lightest batten tensioner ever! Despite the significantly lower dimensions there is no loss in durability or adjustability. Stretch-free, abrasion resistant Polyester webbing results in a rock-solid fixation of the iROCKET!

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Extremely light, extremely high-tech

Yachting sail specialist POLYANT delivers one of the most desirable laminates available today. ODL is an extremely lightweight material that is unbelievably 50% lighter than regular X.PLY and makes every weight freak rave. Since the film thickness is reduced to an absolute minimum this laminate is exclusively used for the IDOL_LTD. Please note the reduced UV-stability!


(all sails with Vario Top)

Find the optimum vario top setting without the usual try and error

From the first rigging now the length of the vario top is set correctly. Easy to read length indicators show the perfect setting in relation to the used mast length which eliminates any testing and readjustment!


(all sails with Vario Top)

Inspired by high mechanical load capacity climbing harnesses and racing helmets

The exclusive two-piece Double.D.BUCKLE replaces present standard solutions. This construction guarantees outstanding trimming options and completely eliminates webbing slippage.


(WARP F2015, S_TYPE SL, E_TYPE 6.2 and up)

Optimum combination of minimized rotation forces, power and handling

The CROSS.BATTEN concept is the intelligent solution that shifts the sail’s center of effort downwards and supports the larger surface area in the boom zone. It also allows for an early planing profile without losing handling. Ideal in combination with the PROGRESSIVE.CUTAWAY.CLEW which has an extremely positive influence on the sails agility, feel and allows a shorter, stiffer boom. Both features individually vary depending on the type and size of the sail.

That is, the more pronounced the CUTAWAY thus the longer the CROSS.BATTEN, the more flex and comfort, especially when overpowered ("excess" sail area "flexes away"). The more performance-oriented the sail, the less pronounced the CUTAWAY.CLEW and the CROSS.BATTEN are to ensure a more direct acceleration.




The lightest monofilm on the market!

To save as much weight as possible, we now use ULTRA.FILM which is just 4mil thick for the super lightweight IDOL_LTD as well as the WARP F2015. This extreme monoflim is used throughout the body panel and contributes significantly to the low overall weight thanks to its reduced thickness.



Extremely stable, extremely unbreakable

There is no higher load on the equipment as you get during Wave riding or Freestyle. Brute forces when getting washed or heavy wipe-outs can quickly spoil the fun. For this reason, from now on all wave and freestyle sails (except IDOL_LTD) are equipped with brand new, extremely durable epoxy battens that can really survive anything. Some more evidence of the famous NorthSails longevity.



(WARP F2015)

Increased range of use, individual tuning options

The secret of the TWIN.TRIM.CLEW are the 2 horizontally placed clew eyelets. The outer clew position provides more power and a more direct feeling, while the inner position gives more control and a softer sensation.



Soft rotation and excellent rigging comfort

The ultimate in smooth sailing with unequalled advantages.

Advantage 1: Super-fast rigging. (Sliding-up instead of snapping-on the mast.) No need for repeat adjustments to luff- and outhaul tension.

Advantage 2: Minimum friction means soft rotation, since the HYPER.CAM features free rollers without plastic buckles, so that only the rollers touch the mast.

Advantage 3: Optimized shape for the best possible mast pocket profile and ideal aerodynamics

Advantage 4: Fits all mast diameters, since only the rollers but never the plastic body touch the surface, which also makes the HYPER.CAM extremely easy to rotate.



Minimum forces for perfect trim

The integrated, nickel-plated brass triple roller minimizes the downhaul forces tremendously. The optimized side plate with integrated rope led prevents that the rope will be damaged or jumps from the roll.


Extremely stable luff reinforcement

The area around the boom cutout is particularly exposed to wear and tear, because the luff panel always forms wrinkles when inserting the mast. Over time, this „accordion effect“ may cause cracks in the monofilm. The flexible DURA.LUFF.PATCH reinforces the area around the boom and creates a soft transition to the monofilm, while preventing cracks in the film.


Improved sail control at higher wind speeds

Kai Hopf relied on the WARP F2013 to design the TT.TOP. The concave shape is slightly reduced, which improves tension and allows for a more effective, three-dimensional top twist. This means the top twists not only horizontally, but also vertically under strong winds. By virtually neutralizing gusts, the rig’s kept steady in the rider‘s hands, and works in a much larger range of winds.


Choosing the right boom length without experimenting

Since the boom is positioned at different points on the mast depending on the rider‘s height, the ideal boom length varies due to the different angles. To make it easier to find the right length fast, the individual recommendations are written directly on the luff panel at boom level.


Individual batten setting for better performance!

Since each batten fulfills a different task, we use a huge variety of batten types. They differ not only in their cross section (round or rectangular) but also in the materials used (glass, glass-carbon composites, full carbon) and in their geometry (thickness, width). Moreover, all battens have specific stiffness degrees and profiles, regardless of their length for 100% draft stability in the center of the sail, optimum twist in the top (horizontally and vertically), and reduced top weight (easier handling).


Beautiful, no weak-spot

Some brands use exotic and expensive thread materials, like Kevlar or Spectra for their X.Ply laminates. At first view this sounds great as these materials have approx. half the stretch than the Polyester threads we use.

On the other hand it's important to know that the monofilm around the threads is also made of Polyester. This leads to a very uneven construction. Rather than having a certain give/elasticity to “buffer” load peaks without breaking, the non-stretch Kevlar/Spectra threads rip the film from the inside out.

With a Polyester-film + Polyester-thread construction you avoid the film becoming a weak spot as all materials have the same elongation.


Eliminates unintentional leech flutter

Short, highly effective miniature battens support the area between the long battens and prevent any annoying flutter.


No more friction when threading the mast into the mast pocket

A brilliant trick makes inserting the mast a breeze. The NorthSails logo above the boom cutout opens the mast pocket just a little, allowing the rider to insert the mast with just one hand, without having to move up the luff.




Better handling and total control

The number of battens plays a decisive role when it comes to a stable center of effort, weight, and handling. With the PROGRESSIVE.BATTEN. CONFIGURATION we have introduced a system that determines the ideal number of battens for each sail, depending on size and intended use. This provides for an ideal combination of performance and the lowest possible weight for each size.


Size Boom max (cm) Luff max (cm) Vario
Battens Weight
Mast Type: Best//Alternative Mast Geometry: Best/Alternative Mast Length (cm): Best/Alternative
4.0 151 378 -- 4 2.55 Platinum Aero//Platinum RDM/-- 370/--
4.4 155 392 -- 4 2.70 Platinum Aero//Platinum RDM/-- 370/--
4.8 157 410 -- 4 2.90 Platinum Aero//Platinum RDM/-- 400/--
5.2 171 435 -- 4 3.00 Platinum Aero//Platinum RDM/-- 430/400
5.6 175 445 -- 4 3.15 Platinum Aero//Platinum RDM/-- 430

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