2009 North Ego Wave 5.9m
Mast: 430cm RDM
Colours: C3 Green.
Nik Baker developed the sail in conjuction with Twinser boards and for that purpose the draft is best kept well forward (small fins do not like the centre of effort in a sail being put directly over them) which will also be of benefit to single fin boards. See below for an edited version of North Sails website description.
The aggressive EGO is a completely new type of Wave sail, which can and intends to achieve more than previous Wave sails. It looks into the future, and is always ahead of its time. The EGO is the ultimate Wave sail for innovative riders! For us, the EGO represents a symbol of innovation, built with exceptional materials to incorporate the latest trends in sail design. Yet despite our passion for innovation, we are true to our motto, 'Innovation follows function'. With this in mind, Kai Hopf developed the BALANCED LUFF LENGTH, a precisely balanced ratio of luff length to boom length. As short and compact as possible for radical handling and as long as necessary for a decent twist, ensuring a maximum wind range. In order to achieve sensible sizes, Kai uses the proven NORTH SAILS CROSS BATTEN CONCEPT in combination with the new CLEW CUTAWAY, reaping real benefits for handling. When it comes to the number of battens, Kai is rather conservative, since good high end control and a wide wind-range still demand 5 battens. Of course, similar to the VOODOO, the EGO was designed as a hardcore sail. Therefore, all smaller sizes feature a window panel made of large-meshed Heavy Duty XPly, while the large sizes starting at 5.3 are made with monofilm for weight reasons. Important: the EGO is the first sail exclusively designed for RDM masts due to its special characteristics (very elastic). The smaller mast diameter perfectly matches the softer sail and shorter luff.