2014 Lion


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  • Twin cams provide great light wind power and high wind control.
  • Narrow mast sleeve doesn’t fill with water, making water starts easy.
  • Calibrated rigging guide gives precise tuning for better performance.
  • Ezzy cam system will fit any RDM or SDM mast made in the past 20 years.
  • RBS epoxy battens are stronger and stiffer than vinyl-ester battens.
  • Every Lion is rigged and thoroughly checked over in the factory.

RIGGING GUIDES AND CATALOG

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2014 LION SAIL SPECS

2014 Lion Luff Luff Boom Boom No. of No. of Ezzy Mast Base Weight
Size (sq.m.) Min Max Min Max Battens Cams . Extension Kgs
6.0 445 447 183 190 6 2 430/25/21 17 cm 4.12
6.5 455 457 191 198 6 2 430/25/21 27 cm 4.28
7.5 477 479 206 213 7 2 460/25/25 19 cm 4.93
8.5 501 503 222 229 7 2 490/26/29 13 cm 5.32
9.5 515 517 240 247 7 2 490/26/29 27 cm 5.72


INDIVIDUAL LION RIGGING VIDEOS

1. Lion Quick Rig


2. Fitting the Cambers


3. Rigging the Lion for Non Ezzy Masts


4. Rigging the Lion for Ezzy Masts


5. Threading the Pulley


6. Tensioning the Battens


7. De-Rigging the Lion

The Ezzy Lion Cam Info

The Lion’s removable and user-friendly cam system fits any mast made within the past 15 years, including RDM masts.

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Instructions For Custom Fitting Ezzy Cams To Your Mast



The Ezzy Cam System will fit any mast. Before rigging for the first time, follow steps 1 through 6 to learn how to find the correct cam and cam pocket for your mast.

**Note to Ezzy Skinny Mast owners: You do not need to measure your mast diameter. We have listed the correct Cam and Cam Pocket combinations in the chart at the bottom of this page.


DEFINITIONS
Cam:

Red plastic camber inducers, which sit inside the luff sleeve, behind your mast. The cams come in three sizes which are marked: "Standard", "Medium" and "Skinny".

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Cam Pocket:

A spacer made of sailcloth. The arms of the cam fit into the cam pocket. There are 9 different sizes of cam pockets, marked "A" to "I". Having the correct length cam pocket allows you to set the right amount of sleeve tension for the sail at the cam. If the mast sleeve at the cam is too loose you would change to a shorter cam pocket. If the mast sleeve is too tight you use a longer cam pocket (see the bottom two diagrams on the back page).

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Note: In addition to the cams and cam pockets that are in your sail, you will find an assortment of cams, cam pockets and a measuring ruler in the velcro pouch of your sail bag.

Step 1.



Lay your sail on the ground and open the velcro slots that are located in the sleeve at each cam. Notice how the arms of the cam and the cam pocket go on either side of the batten stopper (this will be important to know when it comes time to reinsert the cams back into the sail).


Remove BOTH cams AND cam pockets from the sail.

Step 2.


To find where your cams will sit on your mast: check the luff length that is printed on the foot of your sail.


Adjust your base extension to this amount.


Then, line up your mast beside the luff sleeve.


With your extension inserted into the mast, make sure the cleat is even with the bottom of the sail.

Step 3.

Use the included ruler to measure your mast's circumference at both cam locations.

Step 4.

Refer to the charts below and locate your circumference measurement. Read the letter below the number. This letter is the cam pocket you require. The correct cam is listed on the right-hand column on the same row as the cam pocket letter. Example: If the mast circumference at your upper cam position is 14.0, you would look at the chart labeled "UPPER CAM" and find "14" along the top of the chart, then under the 14, the chart indicates you would use pocket "F" and looking all the way to the right we see the cam marked "MEDIUM". If the circumference at the lower cam measures 16.5, you would refer to the chart labeled "LOWER CAM" use pocket "D" and the cam marked "STANDARD".

Step 5.



Once the correct cam pocket is found, insert the cam arms into each side of the cam pocket.

Step 6.



Insert the cam and cam pocket into the sail by holding the guide flaps and sliding the cam arm into the openings on either side of the batten stopper.


Push the cam all the way until it is fully seated in the sail.
Your cams are now set and you are ready to rig your sail. Note: If you ever get a new mast with a different diameter, you will need to follow the above instructions again in order to fit the cams properly.


How to tell if your cam pockets are the correct length:



**For more information email us at [email protected].

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

Our removable, 316 stainless steel tack pulley can be replaced with our 316 stainless D-ring for those who prefer a grommet with a pulley hook.


  • Every Ezzy Lion is rigged and fine tuned in our factory before shipping.
  • At Ezzy we offer unmatched customer service. Email us at [email protected] and you will get a personal response within 12 hours.

Ezzy Lion Testimonials

Click Here to Read the 2014 Lion Review by Windsurf Magazine UK (pdf)



Hi Dave,

We always talk about how stable and light your sails are but rarely about how incredibly fast they are.

So today the wind was averaging 17mph in Kailua, dropping down lower at times. I rigged up my 6.5 Lion on a 110 liter Naish Grand Prix (I weigh about 185 lbs). The wind and waves weren't really right for anything but slalom blasting so there was a lot of drag racing going on. No-one could outpace me! Even guys on full Race gear. I went right through and over a 135lb sailor on 5.9 TR7 full cam Maui Sails race sail on a 90 liter iSonic.

I ran side to side, and sometimes faster than a 170 lb sailor on a 95 literNaish Grand Prix with a 7.6 TR7 Maui Sails full cam race sail. I also ran faster than a 175 lb sailor on the same board as mine with a Naish Freeride sail.

No one else was close! All those huge luff sleeves and pockets loaded with cams and a zillion battens....the easy rigging twin cam Lion kept right up...if not faster.

Thanks Dave.

Daniel Orodenker


"This was the first outing for the 8.5 Lion. Conditions were perfect - wind was NE around 18knots, sea state slightly choppy and best of all...the sun was out. I was sailing a JP Super Sport 74 and the combo was flying.

I have to honestly say - this sail rocks. It is very tune-able, light downhaul / outhaul giving loads of power. As the wind picked up, some tweaking of the downhaul to the strong wind marks, really "freed" the sail up. I couldn't find the top end - it was the sea state that slowed me down! The Lion is also very very stable - no sign of getting back handed as the wind picked up.

This is such a contrast to the old NP slalom 8.4 I had - 4 cams, heavy and very back handed (a real pig!). The Lion definitely made me sail faster!

Well done to the Ezzy Team for designing such a fantastic sail! "

Rob

  • Andrew

    Hi – I have 9.5 and 8.5 Infinity sails that I use exclusively on my Ultrasonic 147, rigged on an Ezzy 490. I have had many fantastic light wind sailing days with this gear – awesome. I would like to upgrade to the Lion. I feel that the current 9.5 and 8.5 Infinity sizes are too close, with a lot of range overlap, so I end up using my 9.5 a lot, and the 8.5 not so much. Therefore I’m thinking of the Lion 9.5 and 7.5 as replacements, this would also allow me to use the 7.5 on my smaller board when conditions demand – but I want to know if the 2.0m size jump in the Lion makes sense in terms of the Lion’s wind range. I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks, Andrew

    • ezzysails

      Thank you for the message Andrew. I agree 100% with you that the jump between 9.5 and 8.5 is tight. I think sail range is one area where we’ve really improved over the last years. Take advantage of it. I would suggest the 9.5 to 7.5 as a perfect scaling option. Kind Regards, Tim

      • Andrew

        Thanks Tim for your advice. With this in mind, how would the 7.5 perform with the Ezzy 490 tip and 430 base? What performance difference would I feel compared to the 7.5 with the Ezzy 460 mast? Thanks again.

        • ezzysails

          the 490 tip/430 base is a great option. It is within the tolerances we have for the mast curve, and it is actually a nice light option. The 490s are produced with a higher quality carbon which is lighter than the 460 carbon. Should work great!

  • Uroš Ocepek

    Yesterday I bought LIon 2014 6.5…..just half an hour ago I rigged it……excitement was exactly the same as when I bought Lion 2013 8.5 last year……..and now I bought also Ezzy mast 430 (not new) and when 6.5 was lying on my lawn rigged, nicely shaped, I felt…..tranquil……and happy……..
    I was long deciding – Cheetah or Lion, but decided on Lion……greetings to Ezzy team for nice work……

  • your name here

    Would a jump from a 8.5 lion down to a 6.5 lion be excessive or would I be better off with a 7.0 Cheetah?

    • ezzysails

      thanks for asking! I think it is a big jump, but I think it would work great. It makes it easier to decide what to rig, and encourages you to tune both sails for conditions. I think it would work great!

  • Ross Horton

    I have a 2014 Lion 9.5. I use it almost exclusively on my 1996 Equipe longboard, and the sail is great in winds 12-20 mph (I weigh 200 lbs). Can you provide any tuning tips for really light wind sailing (Below 12 mph)? Is there any benefit to using outhaul/downhaul settings that are below the recommended minimums if the wind isn’t getting above 15mph?.

    • ezzysails

      hi Ross.
      Thanks for asking. If you under downhaul/outhaul the rig too much, you might run the risk of breaking battens near the cambers. We’ve seen instances when people point load and break the battens by trying to build more “pocket” into the sail. The best thing to do is rig your sail up and share images of the sail with us to [email protected], and he can share some tuning tips with you to get the most out of the sail.

  • Nuno Simoes

    I am interested in a Lion 7.5, is it compatible with a North Sails mast Platinum 460 SDM?
    tks,
    Nuno.

    • ezzysails

      yes! The North masts work quite nicely in our sails.

  • Luca

    Hi Graham, I am the lucky owner of a full Ezzy set from 5,5 all the way to 8,5. Currently I am sailing on my Lion 8,5 a Loft bico RDM 490 and I am wondering whether I would gain more early planing power if I would switch to a SDM mast? I am 92 kg and I need to pump a lot with the current mast, but would a SDM really make any difference? Would I struggle to fit into the mast sleeve?
    Many thanks, Luca

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message Luca!
      I don’t think switching to a SDM is going to give you more power. You may find reviewing your rigging technique might be helpful. I suggest you take come photographs of your sail lying rigged on the beach, and then email them to [email protected] for review!

  • Alexandre Baggio

    Hi,
    I have a 115L freeride board,5,7 and 6,6 sails and thinking about a new 7,5 Lion or 8,0 Cheeta??? RDM(60% carbon) or SDM(40%) mast???

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message.
      Regarding the scaling of your sails, I would think going from a 5.7 to 6.6 would lead me to suggest going with an 8.0 Cheetah as the next size to think about.
      The 8.0 Cheetah rigs on a 460cm mast, and the performance will be much better if you use a higher carbon mast if possible. 40 and 60% carbon masts are typically a little heavy. Do you think you might consider the Ezzy 460RDM mast?

  • Ricardo Rodríguez

    Hi, I’m a happy and proud owner of a LionCam sail! And also a bit stupid one… in a risky maneuver close to a floating concrete dock I damaged the sail’s sleeve. The mast hits the dock and made a cut in the sleeve of about 5 cm by the luff sewing at about 50 upwards from the boom opening. Two questions arise from here:
    1) Is performance/stability/durability of the whole sail compromised by this damage?
    2) I’m pretty sure no single square cm of an Ezzy sail is useless, thus, which is the best way of repairing the cut? A patch sewed on the sleeve cut? Is it possible to buy a piece of the same tissue? Some kind of adhesive patch?
    Thanks for your time!

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message Ricardo! I’m sorry to hear about your torn sail. What would be best is if you could email images to us for review to [email protected]

      From there, we can more accurately advise.
      thanks!
      Tim

      • Ricardo Rodríguez

        Thanks for the quick answer! Of course I’ll do! Tomorrow, in my afternoon, I’ll manage to go to my usual spot where we store the material! It is great to feeling part of a windsurf sailors and great makers community! Thanks!

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