Ezzy Cheetah


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2014 Cheetah

The Cheetah is a ripping camless Freeride model that balances excellent performance and speed with the absolute best construction of any sail in its class.

  • High performance freeride sail that sails like a cammed sail and jibes like a wave sail.
  • Profiled panels produces a molded shape that locks the draft in the sail.
  • Bullet-proof construction. No monofilm.
  • Hi tech materials like Technora and Spectra® reduce stretching and provide years of durability.
  • Color fusion cloth makes every Cheetah look unique. No two sails are the same.
  • Calibrated rigging system guarantees the Cheetah is rigged to David Ezzy's exact specifications.
  • Every Cheetah is rigged and thoroughly inspected in the factory before shipping.


"Wow! Just spent an hour at Kanaha on the new 2014 Ezzy Cheetah (6.5) .
What an incredible ride. The sail was fantastically stable and had a huge range. It feels really compact and gives sensation of working from the top to the bottom, even in gusts. The leech feels fully loaded and locked in. The upper part of the sail doesn't just flop off but adds to the push when you pump it. Underpowered or overpowered the draft was locked in. I never felt any pull on my back hand. The sail literally only takes fingertip control. Even when riding in on the waves. In the air it was feather light. I was having so much fun it took me a while to realize just how fast the sail is.
I was flying by everyone! Oh, and the sail looks gorgeous in the orange and blue!"

Daniel Orodenker

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CHEETAH SAIL SPECS

2014 Ezzy Cheetah Luff Luff Boom Boom No. of Ezzy Mast Base Weight
Size (sq.m.) Min Max Min Max Battens Extension Kgs
5.5 436 438 175 182 6 430/25/21 8 cm 3.84
6.0 444 446 182 189 7 430/25/21 16 cm 4.24
6.5 454 456 189 197 7 430/25/21 26 cm 4.41
7.0 467 469 197 205 7 460/25/25 9 cm 4.61
7.5 478 480 206 213 7 460/25/25 20 cm 4.80
8.0 485 487 213 220 7 460/25/25 27 cm 4.99
8.5 503 505 220 227 7 490/26/29 15 cm 5.13
9.5 515 517 238 246 7 490/26/29 27 cm 5.52

INDIVIDUAL RIGGING VIDEOS FOR THE CHEETAH

1. Cheetah Quick Rig


2. Calibration System for Ezzy Masts


4. Calibration System for Non Ezzy Masts


5. Threading the Pulley


6. Tensioning the Battens


7. De-Rigging the Ezzy Cheetah

Note on Ezzy Masts

Ezzy Sails work great with the Ezzy Mast system, but also work with a variety of other brand masts (RDM and regular diameter). You could contact your mast maker and see if the bend of your non-Ezzy mast is compliant.

Ezzy mast bend curves are tip: 75% to 79% and base: 62% to 65%

Note: this is not carbon content. This is percentage bend relative to the midpoint bend.

For further info on Ezzy Mast sizing, please refer to our Mast Configurator Tool

Cheetah Reviews

CHEETAH SAIL FEATURES

  • pierluigi

    When will the sails be in Italy?

    • ezzysails

      thanks for asking. I will forward this email off to our importer to answer.
      Regards,
      Tim

  • Henrik Lund-Hanssen

    Would appreciate size recommendation. Have a cheetah 6.5, and I am looking for a lighter wind sail. I was thinking of 8.0, assuming that 7.5 is a too small change and 8.5 too big to handle. I am 155lb (70kg) and 5’1” (155cm), for this sail I would be using a short 120 ltr freeride or a GO for touring (pretty flat water, less than 3ft waves in this light wind at sea). This sail will replace my old NP Z1 7.8 🙂 (hm… I am a comeback’er).

    • ezzysails

      I think the 8.0 Cheetah sounds like the perfect way to go!

      • Henrik Lund-Hanssen

        Thanks, any idea whether an “old” pre year 2000 Neil Pryde C60 460 mast would fit?

        • ezzysails

          I’m pretty sure the older Pryde masts had much different bend curves. I do not think that old Pryde mast would be good. I also think sailing a very old mast is quite dangerous. You probably have a higher risk of breaking the mast, damaging your sail, and perhaps putting yourself at risk.

  • Fausto Smeraldi

    Hello. My weight is 220 lbs, 6′ 2″ tall, I ride on a starboard GO of 150 lts. I am free rider, usually flat water with an average wind of 25 kts. I’m looking to do racing in intermediate class. I own a 5.5 sqm ezzy tiger and I wolud like to have a bigger Sail. What size and model do you recomend me?
    Regards,
    Fausto

    • ezzysails

      hello Fausto,
      thank you for the message. I might suggest a 7.0 Cheetah for you to consider as a good size up from a 5.5 Tiger. The Cheetah has great range, power, and performance. Let me know if you have further questions, or perhaps contact your local dealer. Local dealers will have expertise about conditions, and your skill level.

      • Fausto Smeraldi

        Thanks for the advise.
        I agree with you
        Regards
        Fausto

  • fournoi village

    What is the difference between this model and the previous ?
    Thanks

    • ezzysails

      here are some bullet points:
      Cheetah:
      – The panel layout has been modified to increase the Cheetah’s stability.
      – The Cheetah continues with its bullet-proof construction utilizing our exclusive high-tech materials like Technora, Tri-Lite scrim, Color Fusion, Spectra X Film and Weft-Stop sleeve cloth.
      – The twist in the head batten has been reduced, but is still the point of maximum twist. David calls the new head twist profile “Functional Twist” (see below).
      – The new Cheetah feels more “positive” in your hands and points upwind faster and higher.
      – The calibrated downhaul system and the leech indicators have been further refined to make setting the downhaul on all masts more accurate.

      • fournoi village

        hi and thank you for the reply
        so that it means that the 2013 and 2014 are using the exactly same materials ?
        Thanks

        • ezzysails

          yes sir.

  • Alvaro Heilbron

    Bello, I’m buying a JP Superlight Wind Gold 90, 154 liters. I’m 6’0″/170 lbs and an advance sailor. Looking por a Sail to use in the 6 to 15 knots. Should I get a Cheetah 8.5 or 9.5 ? Thanks, AH

    • ezzysails

      thanks for the great question Alvaro. I’m going to forward your message directly to Kevin Pritchard for further comment. Expect to get an email from him soon.
      Regards,
      Tim

      • Alvaro Heilbron

        From KP himself! That’s great. Thanks you Tim.

    • surfer30071972 .

      i am curious to looking for the same option jp super light wind my weight 80 kg experianced surfer

      • ezzysails

        send an email to Kevin, who can help you directly.
        Kevin Pritchard

  • Alvaro Heilbron

    I meant Hello lol

  • gaetrix

    Hi, I’m focus on Cheetah sails. In particular I beleave the 7.5 or 8.0 could feet better the low wind range in summer: I’m 92 Kg (yes I’m a bit fat 😉 ) and 1.78 m tall, board will be IQATOM 122l (my 2nd board is 95l fw with Ezzy Panther II 5.3 and 5.8). Could you, please, suggest If what I think is right or wrong or… any other?
    Aloha

    Gaetrix

    • ezzysails

      thank you for reaching out Gaetrix. I think the Cheetah sounds like an excellent way to go from your 5.8. To me, the 7.5 would be the size I would jump to above the 5.8. Going to an 8.0 seems like a really big jump. The key is to set the sail up with the proper mast. That will insure the sail has both the high end and low end range David intended. Hope this is helpful!

      • gaetrix

        Ok thank you for the very quickly answer…
        Surely 7.5m it’s very near to my idea to a early planing (means 12 kn base up to 16-18 kn set on light wind tuning).
        Ezzy mast are fantastic (up to now I got Tecnolimits e-slim 430 75% for the Panther II and will plan to buy Ezzy Mast… bit more expensive but absolutely performer mast … many friend of mine use Ezzy Mast for Elite or Panther too)… I’ll get you a feedback soon (2-3 weeks).
        Ciao (from Rome Italy)

        • gaetrix

          Hello There, I’m finally owner of my new Jewel Ezzy Cheetah 7.5 (brazil colour)….
          Up to now I’m still wondering of a proper mast (here in Italy it’s very quite difficult to find 460 RDM mast …)
          Just to share my happyness with the Ezzy Community.

  • Angrybird

    Hi, I’ll be getting a Cheetah 5.5 and would like to know if it’ll be compatible with my current Loftsails 75% carbon 430 mast and 100% carbon 430 mast. I’ll be using this sail with a 90 L freeride board. I’m 70 kg. Thank you.

    • ezzysails

      thanks for asking! The Loftsails masts are very compatible with our bend curves. You should be happy with that combo!

  • cj01950

    Just bought a 5.5 Cheetah and had an inaugural session with it today. Wow, what a nice rig! The wind was probably a bit light for this size but I was so stoked to try it, I didn’t care. It turned out to have great low end power & just felt really comfortable. Threw some nice duck jibes, ripped up & down wind, played in some swells. The thing rigs easily, looks pretty and sails wonderfully. Great work Ezzy!

  • Antonino Girone

    Hi I would like to buy a cheetah 6.5. I already have an ezzy elite 5.3. I am 60 Kg and the board is a tabou thunder 130L. My question is: a 6.5 is too small to me to plane or

    I need a bigger sail, like a cheetah 7 or a tiger 6.9? Wind conditions: low-medium wind.

    Thank you for your kind answer.

    Ciao,

    Nino

    • ezzysails

      hi Nino,
      thank you for the message. Great question. The best answer would come from your local windsurf shop who knows the conditions and can help gauge your skill level. Regarding the scaling from a 5.3 to a 6.5, I think it is a very good way to go. The 6.5 also rigs on a 430, which is going to make the rig easier to manage than a 7.0 which would rig on a 460. I would suggest the 6.5! hope this is helpful.
      Regards,
      Tim

      • Antonino Girone

        Hi Tim, thank you for your tip!
        Surely I’ll get a cheetah 6.5, I also think it’s the best way to go.
        Ciao,
        Nino

        • ezzysails

          sorry for the delay! The Cheetahs work great on RDM or SDM masts. That Point7 should work just fine.

        • ezzysails

          The Cheetah will work nicely on a Point7 mast, and it is okay if it is SDM or RDM

  • John

    Hello

    I wonder whether a bottom of 4,60 mast with a top of 4,90 mast could be a good solution ?
    In what way it will change the feeling and behavior of the sail ?

    Thanks

    • ezzysails

      that combination works great!!

  • Hi, I’ve just started to planing on a Starboard Go 155, Tushingham Storm 5.5 and 4.30 Thushingham 75% mast SDM. My weight is 61kg,tall 1.65m. In order to improve my ability I would like to buy a bigger sail which would allow me to plan earlier with lighter winds and less wave (the spot here has rough waves and gusts even with light winds). I was thinking about buying a Cheetah 6.5. What is your opinion about my choice?
    Thanks, Pier

    • ezzysails

      the 6.5 Cheetah is an excellent choice. It rigs on a 430cm mast, which will keep your rig feeling light. The 6.5 is our most popular selling sail, and should offer you many years of use. If you go bigger than 6.5, then you need to consider getting a 460 mast and possibly a bigger boom.

  • pierluigi

    Hi David, after three tiger sails 2014 i’m interested in cheeta 7.0 for my tabou rocket wide 118 lt.
    Does the sail work good with a rdm mast 460 or with a sdm 460?
    I’m 75 kg and 175 cm.
    Tnx

    • ezzysails

      hi! thanks for asking. The Cheetah series works great with either RDM or SDM masts. The ideal mast is the Ezzy 460RDM if possible. The important thing is to get a mast with the correct bend characteristics.

      Our 460 has a bend at 1/4 of 63% and at 3/4 76%. You might inquire about the bend characteristics before purchasing any other 460. Regards, Tim

  • Dennis

    Hi, I recently purchased a 2014 7.5 Cheetah to replace my trusted 7.5 Infinity. I plan on using my powerex 460 SDM mast with the Cheetah as I did with the Infinity. Since I haven’t yet rigged the Cheetah (hopefully I won’t have to until next summer lol), I am wondering whether the downhaul indicator at the tack will work well, or do you think I will have to move it?

    thanks, Dennis btw, my quiver is full of Ezzys right now. In addition to the Cheetah, I have Wave Panther IIIs in 6.3, 5.5m, and 4.7 and an Infinity 8.5 that I might replace with a Cheetah although I rarely use that size. When it’s that light I just hop on my Megacat. Your sails are just beautiful to sail and have provided me with many, many hours of fun. Thanks for making such great and easy to use sails.

  • Jonathan

    I am considering buy a cheetah. I currently have 125L x-cite ride and I mainly use a 6.7 Neil Pryde Fusion sail – I find once the wind starts to get to 22kt+ or so I begin to become overpowered. Will a 6.0m cheetah be the logical step down in my quiver? I am an intermediate sailor. What is the the wind range of the Cheetah 6.0?

    • ezzysails

      hi Jonathan, thank you for asking. I think a 6.7 to 6.0 jump is a nice spacing option, but you coudl almost consider going to 5.5. I suppose it depends upon your local conditions too. There will certainly be a bit of overlap from your 6.7 to 6.0, but it really is okay if the main body of your sailing days is in this range. Where do you live and sail? That might help me more.

      • Jonathan

        I live in Ontario Canada. So mostly Fall sailing in choppy water on Lake Ontario. I go out in 15-25kt and I’d say the main body of my sailing is in that range. Sometimes we get 30kt but that is rare.

        I was hoping the tunability of the 6.0 would help me. What do you think the max wind I could take that out in would be? Close to 30kt?

        • ezzysails

          Love sailing the Great Lakes. I’m familiar with the conditions. Hope the fall really blows for you!
          I think the 6.0 would be a better option for the 15-22 range. If you want to have an enjoyable time in wind up to 30k, then you are going to need to get something smaller than a 6.0. Perhaps a 5.0 would be a nice sail to consider having in your quiver.
          From the sounds of things the 6.0 Cheetah will slip into your quiver nicely and get lots of use…but when things get windy on the Great Lakes it is going to be nice to have a “storm sail”!

  • surfer

    Hello,

    I have a JP Allride (length 240 cm, width 63 cm, volumes 106 litres). My weight is 80 kg.
    I consider buying as the biggest sail a 7.5 m ² Ezzy sail. My next dimensions are 6.6 and 5.9. I would like to come very early in glide and have still a good Handling.
    Which sail I should take: Lion, Cheeta or Legacy.

    Greeting

    • ezzysails

      thanks for asking. I would suggest first the Cheetah, and then the Legacy second.
      The Cheetah will have more power and stability than the Legacy, as it has more battens.

      The Lion would be a great option, but I believe it would be a better sail only if you had a bit bigger board. The Zephyr is very long in the boom, and again, I think it would be a little difficult to manage on your shorter board.

      Hope this is helpful!

      • surfer

        Thanks for the quick answer.
        You confirm my opinion that Cheeta is the right choice.
        I think I will buy the sails in the new season.

        • ezzysails

          Cheetah would be the first pick!

  • Brian D’Souza

    Hi there
    Brian from Perth, Western Australia.
    Flat water / light chop river / ocean sailor, 15 – 25 knots, my weight 70 kg, boards Tabou 76 l, Fanatic 108 l, Tabou 120 l.
    What quiver would you recommend for a complete new setup including mast pieces/ boom? Cheetah seems best, but only goes down to 5.5 m2 so what would the lower 4.5 m2 ish sail be from your range?
    Currently have 4 x Pryde 4.9- 6.7 m sails, whole rig needs replacing.
    Cheers
    Brian

    • ezzysails

      great to connect with you Brian. Appreciate you asking!
      Man, I would strongly suggest you reach out to Mark Taylor, who has years and years of expertise in Australia recommending proper gear for people. His email is Mark Taylor .

      Kind Regards,
      Tim

      • Brian D’Souza

        Thanks for prompt reply, will contact Mark
        Brian

  • Pablo Lacasa

    Did someone tried to rig a Cheetah 7.0 with an 430 Ezzy mast? Could someone try it? I’m 72 kg and 178 cm tall

  • Jonathan

    At 170lbs on a 125L x-cite ride how is this spacing? Great lakes sailing in Canada. I’m also looking at getting a 80-90L board in the future.
    8.5 Cheetah, 6.5 Cheetah, 5.8 Tiger, 5.0 Tiger, Then maybe a 4.5? (currently have NP Fusion 6.7, but will be replacing it in a year or so). Is the spacing between the 6.5 and 8.5 too much? I was thinking about getting 8.0 but would be disapointed if I didn’t get the power I wanted so I thought 8.5. I was hoping to get planing in 12kt with 8.5, is that possible?

    • ezzysails

      hi Johathan,
      Man, I love your scaling suggestion! One thing you can consider is going from the 5.0 possibly down further to a 4.2 depending upon your local conditions.
      I would suggest the 8.5 over the 8.0 if you want to insure a slightly more powerful big sail. Jumping from 8.5 to 6.5 would be a nice way to scale things.

  • νικος κωνσταντινιδης

    Hellow,i would like to know the diffences between Ezzy wave and freeride sails.Is the wave sail much different than the freeride?Can i freeride with a wave Ezzy sail?I am 69k 1.78h i m surfing only 8 months.I have an 120lt Gecko wood and a 4.5 sail and searching for my second 5.5 – 5.7 sail.Thanks.

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message. The big difference between the wave and the freeride models is that the Freeride (such as the Cheetah) have two battens below the boom. This gives the sail a fuller and more powerful feel. You can most certainly “freeride” with a wave style sail however. I would suggest you look at the Tiger. The Tiger is a 5 batten sail with a more “freeride” design. The 4 batten and 3 batten sails are more dedicated for pure wave sailing.

      • νικος κωνσταντινιδης

        Thank s very much for your quick answer.I will check Tiger and other older Ezzy freeride’s sails.

  • Antonino Girone

    Hi, I own a 6.5 cheetah 2014. Is it good to rig it with a 460 powerex or North sails mast instead of a 430 mast? Will it perform well or will I loose anything about performance?
    Thanks a lot.
    Regards,
    Antonino

    • ezzysails

      hi Antonino,
      Thank you for the question. You can certainly use the 6.5 with either 460cm mast you mention above, but there are benefits to rigging on a 430. For starters, the rig will be lighter. Another benefit is the 430 is a softer mast than a 460. This means the sail will set up with less downhaul tension and work a bit more efficiently than if it was rigged on a 460cm. If cost is an issue,we are going to launch a 60% carbon mast series here in the coming weeks. This will be a more affordable way to outfit your 6.5 and truly feel the sail as David intended.

      • Antonino Girone

        Thank you!
        So I am looking forward this new mast and also… for the new legacy!
        Ciao

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