Ezzy Cheetah

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2015 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 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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2015 Ezzy Cheetah Luff Luff Boom Boom No. of Ezzy Mast Base Weight
Size (sq.m.) Min Max Min Max Battens Extension Kg
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


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

How To Choose The Perfect Mast Combination For Your Quiver:

  1. Pick the top and bottom that fits the sail you use the most.
  2. Use a longer top for your bigger sail.
  3. Use a shorter bottom for your smaller sail.
= Best Combination
= Good Combination

2015 Cheetah and Lion Mix-Match Mast Chart

The Ezzy Hookipa Mast

   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 Cheetah 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.


  • John Kaku

    Can I use 430 RDM mast for 7.0 Cheetah instead of 460 RDM mast?

    • ezzysails

      thank you for asking. I think the 7.0 on a 430 is not a great way to go. It will be rigging the sail on a softer mast than we like, and you will need quite a bit of mast extension. The sail will really perform better with a 460.

      • John Kaku

        I am thinking to convert from 7.0 Indy so I have 460 SDM mast for Indy 7.6 and 430 RDM for Indy 7.0. Can I use this 460 SDM mast or you really recommend to purchase 430 RDM from Ezzy sail. I also thinking about 7.5 Lion since you don’t make 7.0 Lion.

        • ezzysails

          all of our sails work great on SDM masts. What brand is it? It may be easier to help you more directly via personal email. You are welcome to email us direct at [email protected]

      • John Kaku

        I have been thinking to convert Indy 7.0 and 7.6. This is resin why I have 430 RDM mast but also I own 460 SDM mast. What do you think about using 460 SDM mast for 7.0 Cheetah? I also want to know about 7.5 Lion. What do you suggest? I also own 6.4 Indy.

        • ezzysails

          the 7.5 Lion is a great light air sail! Where do you sail? The Cheetah sails work great on RDM or SDM masts, so perhaps you don’t need to buy additional masts.

  • Alan

    Will a Naish C30 460 (standard diameter) mast work with the 6.5 Cheetah?

    • ezzysails

      thanks for asking! The Naish masts have a little stiffer tip than we like. The sail will work, but the overall range is going to be a bit compromised.

  • Windy NJ

    Will a Sailworks Lightstick standard diameter 430 work with the 5.5 Cheetah? Specs: LIGHTSTICK 430cm 100% carbon 1.4kg 26.0 MCS 23.0 IMCS

    • ezzysails

      Unfortunately, Sailworks masts don’t work great in Ezzy Sails.

      • Windy NJ

        So sorry to hear that. I used a Sailworks 460 100% carbon (no model name, was a prototype) with your Ezzy 2010 7.0 Freeride this weekend and was impressed with the control I had in 15 – 20 kt winds given my weight at 130 lbs. Thought I’d be overpowered, but was blasting around having the best time. Was hoping to add a smaller Ezzy w/my 430 Lightstick mast.

        • ezzysails

          glad to hear you enjoyed your session. I just believe the 7.0 would deliver even better performance, range, power, and stability if you were to use a 460 with the bend curve we prefer. You can make sails work (well) with masts that have different characteristics…but to me it is like having a BMW with sub-standard tires. Things go to 5th gear when the mast and sail line up perfectly.

  • Nick Floros

    Currently have a 2008 80% powerex 460 SDM mast that I use with 7sqm Naish AllTerrain. Thinking of either getting either an 7.5 or an 8sqm Cheetah. So two questions a ) will the mast fit the Cheetah ? and b) is there a big difference between 7.5 Lion and 7.5 Cheetah. Thanks

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message. Powerex has been thru some transitions over the years. It might be best if you snapped a shot of your Powerex mast and emailed it to me at [email protected]
      I can’t recall if that mast was made in Salt Lake City, China, or what version of China production it was. Powerex used to have perfect bends for our sails, but when they were sold a few years back they altered their bend characteristics. Truth be told I’m not positive where they are currently…but we can investigate. The big difference between the Lion and the Cheetah is the characteristics related to cambers. The Lion is deep and powerful. It sails upwind great and has a “power steering” feel in your hands. When the Lion rotates, it has a deeper rotation and “pop”. Some sailors love this feel, and others prefer the flatter and smoother rotating Cheetah. The Cheetah is a very light and fast feeling sail in your hands. To me, the Lion has better “grunt” and overall range, but the Cheetah rotates easier and rigs quicker.

  • red

    I’m looking to update my quiver. I’ll be adding to existing ezzy tiger 4.5 and 5.0 sails. I’ve come up with the following options:

    A. 6 tiger, 7 cheetah, 8 (or 8.5) cheetah
    B. 5.8 tiger, 7 cheetah, 8 (or 8.5) cheetah.

    Which do you feel is better spaced out and do you have a better spacing suggestion? I’m hesitant to buy the 8.5 even though the spacing might be better as I would need a new mast and boom. Also keep in mind I would possibly pick up a 9.5 down the road. I weigh about 80kg and sail various ocean spots in the northeast.

    Thanks in advance

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message! I like the looks of option B that you select. I think the jump from a 5.0 to a 6.0 is just a little bit big. The 5.0 to 5.8 is a really nice transition. Once you get above a 6.0 in size, a full meter between sizes (or even meter and a half) works nicely. You could opt for 5.8, 6.5, 8.0, 9.5. That would work!

      • red

        Appreciate the feedback, I ended up purchasing the 8.0 Cheetah, which has been a blast. I’m just getting around to making a decision for the smaller sails. Your suggestion of the 5.8 tiger and 6.5 cheetah makes sense. Would the Elite in sizes 5.7 and 6.4 be a good alternative? This would make my quiver spacing 4.5, 5, 5.7, 6.4, 8. What are the pros and cons of the Elite vs the Tiger?

        Thanks again

        • ezzysails

          YES! The Elite 5.7 and 6.4 are basically improved versions of the Tiger. They incorporate the latest design technology. I think they are lighter, and have more range than the Tigers. There are no “cons” I can think of!

  • Jon Fleuchaus

    When are the new Cheetahs being released?

    • ezzysails

      we will be releasing any day now in the US! We have some stock that has just arrived. Feel free to send an email to [email protected] and we can share details and help you find a dealer

  • Yiannis Brighton

    What would be the best option for light wind? Cheetah or
    Lion? I am considering a 7 or 7.5 for those days and not sure what would work best…

    • ezzysails

      great question! I feel like the Lion has a bit more pull and power, and it sails thru gusts a little better in my book.

  • Alex Rozhnov

    Does Chinook 430 cm mast work well with Ezzy Cheetah 6.5?

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the inquiry Alex. The Chinook mast works, but the Ezzy mast is nicer and works with our mix-and-match system. If price is an issue, we are planning on offering a 60% carbon mast alternative in the very near future.

  • Pavel Dolgov

    I have 400 and 460 ezzy masts. Does the combination 400 bottom/460 top work well with 5.5/6.0/6.5 sails? Or do I really need to buy 430?

    • ezzysails

      hi Pavel,
      You can mix the 460 tip and 400 bottom together to get a very nice 430cm mast! No need to buy a new 430.

  • ezzysails

    hello Pat,
    Thank you for reaching out to us! Stoked to hear you have a collection of Ezzy’s. Hope you are truly enjoying them all. I’m personally partial to the Lion in the bigger sizes. When it gets to 8.0/8.5 conditions I like a sail with great start up power and efficiency. When I sail the Lion it pulls me up on a plane with minimal effort, and I feel like I can navigate around up wind or down wind with foot steering rather easily. The Cheetah is a more nimble sail, and many sailors lean towards the softer rotation and flatter feeling profile for freestyle or pumpability. To me, I want to “lock and load” and get maximum efficiency out of light wind for blasting. The Lion gets my vote.

    One thing to consider. The Lion initiates turns more aggressively, and has a deeper rotation for jibes. You will enjoy the Lion if you are looking to stay on a plane and drive your turns with more energy. The Cheetah is a softer rotation and works great for both freestyle minded sailors and more tentative jibers who need an easier sail rotation.

    Hope this is helpful!

    • Pat

      Thanks Tim, Really appreciate the response and your insight. Would you go for an 8.5 or would that be too much of a gap from 7.0?

      • ezzysails

        I like big jumps between sail sizes! I think 8.5 to 7.0 would work just fine.

  • Peter

    I’m sailing in Hong Kong where we get soft and very gusty wind & I’m 80kg. Currently I’m using a 9.5 & 7.5 Lion on a Kona One and use the 7.5 Lion and a 2013 6m Cheetah on a 125 Freerace. On windy days it’s very choppy and the 125 & 6m is a handful so I’ve a 106 FSW on order and thinking of swopping out the 6m for 2 new sails – 5.5m & 6.5m Cheetahs. I think the 6.5m will give me a great “small sail” for the 125 and a perfect “big sail” for the 106 and think the 6.5m is tuneable enough to handle the 1m drop for the rare days I need the 5.5m ……. What do you guys think? Thanks Peter

    • ezzysails

      hi Peter! The scaling of 9.5, 7.5, 6.5, 5.5 sounds perfect! You will like the feel of the 6.5 on your 106 and your 125. That should be a versatile combination!
      The 5.5 Cheetah will be a nice playful sail for when it is windy on your 106. Makes perfect sense to me!

  • tom

    hi,i have a ezzy sail 7.5 and board jpfreeride 145l.i love the combination and i am going almost always.i surf in spain and in summer the wind is lower so i was thinking of getting me a bigger sail.i was looking at the cheetah 8.5.question is the difference from 7.5 to 8.5 enough ?and most have sails from 8m on with cams,can this sail compeet with them?i have a 4.90m mast 100%carbon and 29 imc, can i use it on the cheetah?

    • ezzysails

      great question Tom! Jumping up to an 8.5 would be worth considering. I think you would get a few more days on the water and enjoy the added low end.
      I think the 8.5 Lion is worth considering too, as the two cambers on the Lion really give you additional start up power and more thrustful jibes. The 490 would be a great length mast for either the Cheetah or the Lion, but I’d like to know what brand it is. Every brand has slightly different percent bend curve characteristics.

      • tom

        hi,its a simmer style mast .thanks for the fast reply!

        • ezzysails

          Simmer mast bends are very close to ours!

      • tom

        Hi i just want to add i have usually 8 to 15 knots .Would it be better to take the 9.5 or 8.5.i weigh 82kg and i saw the difference in weight in both sails is really little.Any idea and lion or cheetah?

        • ezzysails

          the Lion 9.5 would make the most sense to me, as long as you have a boom that will go out large enough. The 9.5 is a bigger and slightly heavier sail, but it will get you up and going quicker. It also sails overpowered great

  • roberto esposito

    Hi ! i have a cheetah 7.0. Can I use bottom 430 and top 460??

    • ezzysails

      yes, you can use this combination. The sail is developed and tested on a 460, but this combination is within the tolerances we accept

  • Dani

    Hello. I’m very close to to buy a cheetah 8.5. A have all ready a 490 29IMC 70%C constant Gun Sails mast. Could be fine on cheetah sail? Thanks a lot. Dani.

    • ezzysails

      hi Dani,
      Thank you for the question. Ezzy mast bend curves
      are constant curve with these values:

      – ¼ point: 62%
      – ¾ point: 77%

      I haven’t been able to locate the exact bend characteristics of the Gun 490 70% mast, but you might inquire with Gun directly to see if they can share what their percent bend curves are. Feel free to share the results with us and we can elaborate how the results will alter the sailing of the 8.5. David’s direct email is [email protected]

  • Pierre

    Hi Ezzy Team !

    I’m french, and i’m the happy owner of 3 Cheetah 8.5, 7.0 and 6.0. Your sails are absolutely wonderful (i’m not paid by you and you know it)…
    For years, i’ve been looking for light, powerful, fast and durable sails. I’m not a compulsive buyer and usually do not follow the “every year revolution” tempo of some manufacturers. With those sails i’ve found what i was looking… for…a long time.
    The Cheetah are really impressive. Since last W.E. i was satisfied with NP X9 mast in them : very light flex top mast, giving an extraordinary light sail. Last WE i used a CC 430 RDM on my 6.0 and have really re-discovered the sail : lighter (even if 430 RDM CC is heavier than 430 x9), faster, and more tolerant.
    I was satisfied with Flex top mast, but what a revelation with a CC mast…need to try also on 7.0 and 8.5 a 460 rdm.

    Thanks a lot David for your Sails, and i hope they will me more popular in France especially for freeride….i can see wave sails on spots very often, but i often think i’m the only one with freeride sails…

    long life to Ezzy team !


    Pierre. G.
    Montpellier/ Paris / France