Point-7 AC-F zero18 | classic freeride
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Keep it simple and make it good
Designed for: Everyone who want to have fun! Fun, Freedom, Friendliness. There
are many freeride sails on the market but Point-7 has one pure freeride
sail, and its duty is simply to let its riders have FUN. A real tutor
for those with aspirations for a blasting style without forging down a
dedicated path too soon.
The tests on magazines say: With looks that can
deceive, the AC-F uses its form in the best way possible, and exhibits
plenty of blasting performance to explore when the wind turns on. The
AC-F?s performance that really took our breath away was discovered when
the wind increased. Its thoroughbred DNA began to shine through.
It?s character: The AC-F features a super light
construction, early planing, easy handling and demands very little from
its user to work optimally. Speed, maneuverability, power, easy. A mix
of all the AC lines, with a lot fun inside. It?s called freeride, but
the battens are displaced with three kinds of different tube diameters,
the graphics are stepping up to show off luxury. The slightly longer
boom allows the AC-F to give more push than expected to even the larger
volume boards. You can take the three smaller sizes bump and jumping in
the waves, and the bigger 2 sizes on freerace boards, with the 6 batten
setup to amaze yourself with the speed in real light conditions.
Results: The most versatile sail for everyone.
Developed and designed by: The Point-7 Black Team. A
team of professional sailors and designers who have proved themselves
by designing the winning sail for the World Champion in the PWA Slalom
Development Target: The AC-F sits in the Point-7
range as their freeride sail, designed specifically for fun and
user-friendliness. Whilst its stable-mate, the AC-X, is focused on
providing race-like performance in no-cam form, it is easy to make the
distinction that the AC-F is targeted towards ?light wind qualities over
high wind performance.?
Outline: In the 3 smaller sizes the outline
fits a wave sail outline, but with a lower base to make it easier to
close the gap. The boom being a little longer to push better on bigger
volume boards, and to find an enjoyable stability when blasting. The 2
bigger sizes, 6.9 and 7.5, therefore have a typical slalom outline for a
full slalom stance. A shorter boom with the cross batten to allow the
use of short booms in a larger size.
Battens: 5 tubular battens in the smaller 3
sizes, and 6 tubular battens in the 2 bigger sizes. Following the pure
slalom foil profile, allowing even a freeride sail to have the extra
performance and stability when the wind picks up. Something that not
every freeride sail has the luxury to have. Each batten is assembled for
Eyelets: One eyelet position to enjoy windsurfing without having to choose from any different setting.
Profile: It sets flat at rest, with an
important profile evident in the front of the main batten below the
boom. The battens are free from any rotation around the mast. The
increase of profile in the front and lower part of the sail increases
the drive for earlier planning and acceleration in lighter winds. The
drive is fundamental for carving the board better in the jibes. A deep
front profile allows stability in stronger wind, therefore giving
comfort and control. The flat profile on top of the sail releases light
weight in the hands and on the board for a pleasant light feeling over
Foil: 5.4, 5.9, 6.4: With its large
increments, it is not surprising that the AC-F provides a positive
useable feedback through the backhand as a gust hits. It relies on the
leverage delivered by the boom?s length. 6.9 and 7.5 are the sails
designed to plane in extreme light wind. Due to the foil profile and the
6 batten construction it planes very early, and due to its foil leach
opening the sail keeps accelerating without feeling any pressure.
Pull in with the backhand and the sail delivers the power
effortlessly to the board, accelerating smoothly and settling into a
secure upright stance.
Comfortable and balanced in the hands at all times, as a gust hits
and pressure builds the AC-F simply seems to transform it into more
speed. It feels slippery and exciting through the air, particularly off
the wind. In transition, its lightweight and predictable power delivery
makes it easy to manage. As the wind enters the sail it forms a deep and
fast front profile along the mast to allow stability. The wind swiftly
moves to give power exactly where the stance of our body is comfortably
centered on the board, and releases quickly and smoothly through the
back of the sail to allow gentle back hand pressure for pushing on the
fin. As the wind increases, the sail will automatically self-adjust its
power, thanks to the S-Shaping, along the whole middle upper leach
Cut out: The smaller sizes do not have a cut out,
but simple clew as on the wave sail. This gives the sail a bump and jump
feeling, allowing you to try some enjoyable moves over waves and chop. A
cut out with cross batten is present on the 2 larger sizes, introducing
the fast S-shaping release as the wind and speed increases through the
foil. This results in giving us the chance to increase our water
performance without having to exert un-necessary power and energy. The
shape of the cut out comfortably welcomes the back end of the boom.
Body Material: The AC-F is physically light,
meaning its leverage doesn?t feel cumbersome or overbearing. Mostly
assembled by the 4mil Anti UV-Black Laminate and X-ply. Highly
responsive and light. 5mil Anti UV-Black X-ply base panel for protection
from accidents. Clear monofilm window for perfect vision through the
sail. Built well with a high level of detailing, it certainly stands out
with use of the brand?s signature black monofilm and x-ply paneling.
X-ply batten pockets for lighter weight and reflex.
Rigging: The AC-F is straightforward to rig, requiring a
reasonable amount of force to counter its moderate luff curve and apply
the downhaul required, guided by the visual aid in the top panel. It
can rig both rdm and sdm mast, but from 6.5 up the use of the sdm will
give a better performance. Playing with the outhaul will boost up power
or increase control. Tighten the bottom and top batten, but just remove
wrinkles on the other battens, overtightening them.