REVIEW EZZY TAKA (3-BATTEN WAVESAIL)

While testsailing the Hotsails KS3 Ezzy put the Taka on the market. I was very pleased with the KS3 but was very anxious to sail the Taka as well. Ezzy is the benchmark in good value for money as the sails are strong and built with great quality and have great restvalue when you put it on the secondhand-market. As I tend to demolish most sails, having about 100 wave-sessions a year I was looking for a sail to improve my wavesailing yet without compromising on durability.

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On the land

The sail is of great quality with hightec materials (Technora) on the luff, a strongbuilt mastsleeve and like the Elites, the calibrating system that makes it super-easy to rig the sail correctly.  I sailed the sails on the original Ezzy masts, the whole set fits on 2 masts (370/400) as the masttop and base are interchangeable. David Ezzy states the sails can be sailed smaller, the 5,4 compares to a 5,7, the 4,9 to a 5,3 etc.  Downhauling is easy with the callibrating system, the outhaul has a similar system to choose the right boomsettings (see http://www.boardkings.com/?p=2566). Like the KS3 the panels close to the luff are cut in a way that it creates a wrinkle that fills up when the wind blows in the sail and…..flattens the sail when the wind is out. That’s the magical part of these sails, you can depower the sail completely like a on/off switch.

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On the water

The sail carries lightly and feels like any other sail when powered up. It has good lowend and a slight forward/middle pull, when gybing the sail is superlight when you depower it laying down, but powerful at the same time when you carve and hold the wind in the sail. It is less direct compared to the KS3 and less nervous too, its feels very comfortable and soft. As well during gybes as in waveriding the sail works brilliantly. Depower the sail and you can make any turn you like, just concentrate on footsteering and boardcontrol, like a surfboard. I sailed the sails in overpowered and underpowered conditions on both my Quatro LS 102 and 82. Depending on the conditions I can sail 4,5/4,9 and 5,4 on both boards, great options! When overpowered the leach starts to tremble and that should be the main reason for David Ezzy’s advice to rig down in overpowered conditions but the sail still maintains great control.

After sailing it, I choose the Taka over the KS3 for a coupe of reasons; the history of durability, value on the secondhand-market as I like to upgrade every two years, two masts on a quiver (4,1/4,5/4,9/5,4) and the fact that the Essentialstore is just around the corner.

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Conclusion

+ makes you happy!!!
+ easy to sail, sails softly and great comfort
+ easy to rig
+ great to depower, waveriding with a powerswitch
+ great lowend
+ great quality and good investment as they sell good secondhanded
+- no problem sailing overpowered but the leach starts to tremble, you better take a smaller sail
– 4.1 is the smallest, I want a 3,6 also!

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7 Comments to "REVIEW EZZY TAKA (3-BATTEN WAVESAIL)"

  1. griff says:

    great review, interesting sail indeed

  2. Ad says:

    Hello Jacco,

    Thanks for the review and good to hear that the change over to the new quiver is a succes.
    I have a question. In the text you state: David Ezzy states the sails can be sailed smaller, the 5,4 compares to a 5,7, the 4,9 to a 5,3 etc.

    What is the real experience. I’m sailing NP atlas for many years and it sounds a little unbelievable that i would be able to sail a 4.9 taka when i normally would be using my 5-4 atlas etc.

    You’ve used the atlas, what is you opnion on this

    Best regards, Ad

    • Jacco says:

      Hi Adriaan, the sail has great lowend and the downhaul can even be set below the minimum setting to create an ever deeper profile. A smaller sail gives you al the benefits of the smaller sail in handling and swingweight. With my weight of almost 90 kg, I had an 6,2 Atlas, now my biggest sail is the 5,4 Taka. I think, in early planing and power, it easily compares to 5,7. The sail feels like my 4,7 sail Atlas in handling however, so it feels smaller but yet has the power of a slightly larger sail. I think the 4,9 might compare to a 5,4 Atlas considering this: when I was testing the KS3 in 4,9, I was so thrilled to sail the sail that I often choose it before my 5,4 Atlas. My friends would choose 5,0 or 5,3 at the same time depending on their weight and comparing to them, no noticeable difference in planing or speed. The same with the Taka’s. The sail feels great and as soon as I feel that the 5,4 leach starts to tremble I know I can easily rig down and get the 4,9. I guess you have to learn again about your sailchoice matching up the conditions but if people are sailing 5,0-5,3 you can easily choose 4,9. I used to like to sail more overpowered instead of underpowered but I’m glad I can sail smaller now without loosing power.

      Give them a try! grtz, Jacco

  3. Jens says:

    Thanks for a good review Jacco. I guess the obvious question from an Ezzy wave sailor is how do they compare to the Elites? Anyone had a go in the waves on both the 3 & 4 batten Ezzys? How different do they feel?

    Cheers, Jens

    • Jacco says:

      Hi Jens, a friend of mine is sailing the 5,4 besides his 5,3/5,0/4,5 Elite and 4,0 Panther. He loves the Elites but loves the on/off characteristics of the Taka even more. He feels that the Elite delivers too much power during the turns and the Taka feels smaller in handling. The 5,4 feels like an sub 5,0 sail in handling. I think he will soon switch to the Taka’s too although he loves the Elites. I sailed the Elites too and found them quite similar to the NP Atlas, a lot of power and forward drive. I’m sure the Elite can be tuned to feel lighter and have better handling but the on/off switch is simply not there, you have to really laydown your sail to depower, with the Taka, you just open your sail. Grtz!

  4. Jens says:

    Thanks Jacco. That sounds pretty good for climbing back up the wave after your bottom turn, especially when sailing in bigger swells. Have you had any big days yet with your new sails?

    BTW your sailing conditions look pretty cold compared to our West Australian summers!

    Cheers, Jens

    • Jacco says:

      The big days I had were last week In Holland (SCheveningen Beach) with logohigh 3m waves to ride in 27-37 knots wind, you can check the vid for that. It was a bit sideon than so no real down the line conditions but more flowy rides. Before that I had a roadtrip to France (Brittany) a couple of weeks ago with about the same conditions. It’s spring around here so the watertemperature is still around 10-12 degrees, haha. Love to sail Gnaraloo once, so stay in touch, haha! Mahaloo!

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