Ezzy Taka

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"I sailed today with the Taka 4.5 and I truly believe I can sail with my 74kg bodyweight 90% of all days with this sail. Today I was on 4.5 planing all time, most of the guys with 5.3 and bigger. Sick!" - Jeroen - Ezzy Netherlands Distributor
"I can use the 4.5 when people are on 5.2. I can’t believe how light and maneuverable this sail feels!" - Jesse Brown - Ezzy Team Rider
"With the Taka, I can focus on turning my board, without having to think about my sail." - Kevin Pritchard - Ezzy Team Rider
2015 Ezzy Taka 3 Batten Wave Sail

David Ezzy Explains the Taka:

"I designed the three batten Taka to be a pure wave sail. It's light in the hands and rides waves better than any sail I have ever used. During the Taka's developmental phase, there was always a fight between Kevin, Graham and me, on who got to use the Taka prototype that day.

The Taka goes neutral in the top turn which allows you to focus on your board. This results in a much more dynamic cutback, or whatever move you desire off the top. The Taka is designed for light to medium wind wave sailing and can be set really full for super light wind. Although the Taka can comfortably handle quite a lot of wind, I do not recommend sailing it way over-powered. It's better to go with a smaller size.

For example, the 4.5 Taka is as powerful as a standard 4.7, the 4.9 Taka has the power of a 5.3 and the 5.4 Taka is as powerful as most 5.7's. The Taka retains the control, balance and soft feel that defines my sails. In fact, sailing in a straight line, I don't notice the Taka being any less stable than the four batten Elite.

I've kept the construction and materials of the Taka similar to the Elite. This includes a Technora leech, Color Fusion center and Spectra X-Film body.

To get the true performance out of the Taka, you need to rig it correctly. We rig and calibrated all Taka's, so that you can easily and accurately set the downhaul. The Taka is designed to rig only on Ezzy masts.

So, if you are serious about your wave sailing and want to get more radical off the top, the Taka will help. I know it has for me." --- David Ezzy

TAKA SAIL SPECS

2015 Ezzy Taka 3 Batten Wave Sail Luff Boom Boom No. of Ezzy Mast Base
Size (sq.m.) Med Min Max Battens Base/Top Extension
3.6 365 138 143 3 340 / 370 10 cm
4.1 387 145 150 3 370 / 370 8 cm
4.5 391 154 159 3 370 / 400 6 cm
4.9 404 162 167 3 370 / 400 19 cm
5.4 417 170 175 3 400 / 400 17 cm


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.
X
= Best Combination
= Good Combination


   2015 Taka Mix-Match Mast Chart

    **We recommend using the 1st choice Ezzy Masts top and bottom with all Taka sails whenever possible for uncompromised performance.

The Ezzy Hookipa Mast





David Ezzy explains Mast Theory



*Stay tuned for more press reviews on the 2015 Ezzy Taka 3 batten Wave Sail

TAKA SAIL FEATURES

  • PS

    Curious: The 2nd picture (above – blue) in the series of Taka sails appears to have 4 battens. Is that a Taka or os something else new coming?

    • ezzysails

      good eye! That was a TAKA proto that didn’t quite make the cut. The Laboratory on Maui is always a busy place. No telling what is coming out of there on a daily basis!

  • Jeff Beck

    Are takas available yet…? I don’t see them on the Windance website (my local dealer).

    • ezzysails

      hi Jeff,
      Yes, we have a few TAKA’s in! The guys at Windance are a bit overwhelmed with summer madness, so they haven’t had time to update their databases with the TAKA yet. I’ve got them, and I’d be happy to connect you with someone there that can help!

  • Ralf

    Green Takas, green Takas, green Takas for the people…….
    Honestly Dave, the black/red color combi isn’t really an eye catcher. I also have it in reality here (still unsailed) and will sell it again because of the color as soon as I hopefully get it in another color.
    Simply too much black in the sail for my personal taste.

    • ezzysails

      thanks for the feedback Ralf. Colors are really tough. We are limited by what is made available to us. Also, there is growing polarity with people as to what colors are attractive and what aren’t. We feel cosmetics are important, but the real goal is to bring an incredible sailing sail that hopefully can transcend the color a bit! We’ll keep trying.

  • Ralf

    I have sailed now the Taka 4.5 in smaller waves with side-on gusty high wind conditions in Vargas and yesterday the Taka 4.9 in clean down-the-line southswell , also with very gusty light to overpower high wind conditions. I sail them with non-Ezzy masts. The Taka is absolutely fantastic in every aspect. Feels super-light, flips around very quick in the jibes, super to handle in the wave and rock solid also in super strong wind (you will only notice a trembling of the leech, but the sail will stay absolutely stable and controlable). For me the best Ezzy sail I have sailed so far.
    Pure fun.

    • Hi Ralf, just out of curiosity, what masts do you use? I’m always keen to hear which masts work well with Ezzy sails.

  • Mr. X

    How does a 4.1 Taka compare to an Elite 2014 sizewise?

    I have the 3.7, 4.2, 4.7 and 5.0 Elite’s 2014 and am very content with these! So do I take Elite 2015 or Taka 2015 is the question on my mind.
    Should I switch to Taka, I am not sure what to sail below 4.1. Size comparison is a bit confusing to me, also as
    there isn’t a Taka below 4.1.

    • ezzysails

      thanks for asking. I think you would find the 4.1 to be similar to the Elite 4.2 in power. One advantage of the TAKA is that you can really really bag the sail out and get a great deal of low end power out of the sail. I do not believe the high wind range is quite as good as it is with the TAKA. We are adding a 3.6 TAKA to the collection.

  • Ralf

    I use Maverx masts, 370 and 400 cm from the X1000 Limited edition (Superleggero).
    I have already used them with the 2013 and 2014 Elites where they worked great, now I use them with the Taka. The good thing with the Maverx is that the mast parts are also interchangeable, so I use the 370 base with the 400 top what gives exactly the demanded length for the Taka 4.5 and 4.9. The only drawback is that you need to adjust the downhaul a bit as the 400 top is stiffer than the Ezzy 400 top, so I have on the Taka 4.9 a slight, on the Taka 4.5 a significant loose leech with the medium factory setting marker position. Simply lower the downhaul a few mm (at the 4.5 to the minimum mark setting) so that the loose leech just disappear and you are right.
    Else, the Taka works really great on Maverx masts. Superstable and for me the best Highwind !!! – Ezzy-sail that I have used on the Canary islands so far. I just sailed both sizes, 4.5 and 4.9 in sometimes heavy overpowered conditions in Pozo and Vargas last week with absolutely no significant stability problems. As said, you will only notice a trembling of the leech in the heavy wind-gusts, but the sails remain totally controlable. I am curious how they will perform in Capetown this winter, but from the south-swell day with clean down-the-line conditions, they should work great in Capetown.
    I have now ordered the whole Taka range, so also the 5.4, the 4.1 (will replace my remaining 4.0 Elite that I used this time in Pozo) as well as the newly anounced 3.6 for the really heavy Pozo days.
    So,the Taka now totally replaces my whole Elite range.

    Btw, the black-red Taka does look much better on the water and in the videos than I thought.
    But now, I have my range in white-blue and white-green what looks best i.m.h.o.

    • Thanks for the info. I agree, the MaverX masts work great with Ezzy sails. I’ve tested the Superleggero with my Elite’s last year (2014 model) and found them to work really great. As you describe, you need to give the sail a little more downhaul but once that’s done you only need to re-adjust the calibration label and your good to go for all your next sessions. Good to hear you find them to work on the Taka as well.

  • Ralf

    Give the Taka a try. Once you have sailed them, I bet you’ll also change from the Elites over to the Taka.

  • jordan

    hey all,
    thinking of switching to ezzy from 4 yr old simmer missions.
    I sail waves on the central california coast exclusively- no bay sailing. Was wondering if anyone had a chance to compare the new elite3 to the takas for best wave performance. I’m just not sure a big 5.4 (3) batten sail will be stable enough. I weigh 190-200# and hope to run a 2-3 sail quiver 5.3ish and down. I’m looking for sails that are easy to rig and tune, hassel free and not to finiky to rig.

    • ezzysails

      thanks for asking Jordan. I’m going to forward your message off to David Ezzy. He can give you some direction with this for sure.
      Regards,
      tim

      • jordan

        i heard from dave e. much appreaciated… but was hoping to hear some comments from peeps who don’t have skin in the game- so to speak– just regular unsponsered sailors who have tried the sails…
        thx

    • Hi Jordan.

      I own a complete set of the new 2015 Elite’s and I’ve had the opportunity to sail the Taka 4.9 a few weeks ago (and hope to do so again soon). I’m also in your weight class.

      As to your question, I’m not sure what you mean by stable enough. The sail isn’t designed to be sailed over-powered. Even David will advice to take a smaller sail when overpowered (which will then be perfectly powered). I’ve sailed the Taka over-powered and it still works fine but the leech will start to flutter a little (sometimes a lot). It won’t make you loose control but will be something you hear.

      Question is more whether you are looking for a sail primarily for waveriding and clean(er) conditions (which de-powers quickly but still has plenty of push sailing out) like the Taka or whether you’re looking for a sail that has a bit more power and wind range (especially for those not so perfect conditions) like the Elite. I personally found the Taka amazing when wave riding. On the other hand I had a blast yesterday with my 4.2 Elite in far from ideal conditions on the North Sea.

      Follow the instructions when rigging (watch the videos on the Ezzy website) and you’ll be sailing in no time. They are easier to rigg then ever. Please note that you can get a little extra out of the sail by playing with the settings a little bit and really making the sail your own.

      I Hope this helps.
      Peter.

      • jordan

        thanks pete (& everyone else) for your reply

        i sail mushy sideshorish waves chest to mast high (+ at times- hopefully this weekend) some times in awesome side shore/side off conditions and often in gusty side/side on conditions – or conditions like today- very lite on the inside and cranking on the outside- sometimes sail beach break/close out conditions as well…

        just was wondering if the new elite 3 layout–advertised as being more similiar to the taka–would offer more of the takas wave riding characteristics w/ the proven elite performance…

        as far a the stability question-what i was wanting to know was- in perticuar, whether the larger 5.4 taka would be stable enough and hold its shape to aide in pumping onto a wave in ultra lite / gagging/ schlogging wind conditions- or if the shape would just twist off any potential energy rather that producing kenetic energy to facilitate getting onto the wave….

        • I didn’t find pumping any kind of issues. The loss of energy has more to do with the shape of the sail then the number of battens. The Taka has very limited loose leech (close to none) which results in a (for lack of a better word) rigid top, so little twist. Low end performance really is no issue and on par with (or maybe a fraction better then) the Elite.

          If still in doubt, maybe you can try/test before you buy?

  • seb

    Hi. Im looking into the new Taka, but sail sizes get me a bit confused as they seem pretty close sized.
    Normallt Ive used small setup, 84l quad + old North Ice 5,0 and 4,2 which have covered most of my days as the 4.2 Ice is really nice when a bit baggy for lowend power… 5,0 s not so good baggy, but great when rigged for high wind which easily meet the baggy 4,2 before any overpower issues…
    So quiz is if Taka 4,9 and 4,1 are to be too big steps. 4,9, 4,5, 4,1 on the other hand looks a bit luxury (and more expencive)
    Also consider if the Taka 5,4 would be a better choice for low end vs a baggy rigged 4,9 Taka..
    Any experience feedback is highly appriciated..
    Br Seb

    • ezzysails

      great question Seb! The TAKA has a huge tuning range. Here is how I see it:

      5.4 – think of it like a sail that covers 5.7 to 5.1
      4.9 – I see it like a sail that covers 5.2-4.7
      4.5 – I see this as a 4.7 to 4.2
      4.1 – I see as 4.3 to 3.9

      So, getting a 4.9 and 4.5 is kind of redundant as you feel.
      To replace a 5.0 and 4.2, I would opt for the 4.9 and 4.1. The 5.4 is going to feel much much more powerful than your 5.0.
      Hope this is helpful!

      • seb

        Thanks for your feedback. I guess Ill have to go for 3sail line 4,9 4,5 4,1 as I expect the 4,5 to be the most used sail size. Regarding mast, can I use 370/400 also with 4,1or do I need the 370 top as well. What ll be the pros and cons?
        Br Seb

        • ezzysails

          I think you still should consider just the 4.9/4.1. If it came down to it, I would be more than happy to work with you and your local dealer to insure you get the right set up. We could exchange things and get it right.
          Feel free to email me directly at [email protected] to discuss

          • seb

            Thanks for your excellent support. I just got craaazy deal on 5.0 and 4.5 North Hero2014… I know consider just ad a 5.4 Taka to be my pure light wind sail with Simmer Frugal88. Would you recommend the 5.4Taka (as written to be able of huge low end grunt) vs f.ex Elite 5.5 or 5.8 to be the best sail range down to the 5.0Hero 2014?
            BR Seb

          • ezzysails

            hi Seb,
            Sorry we didn’t get you in full Taka’s, but it sounds like you found a nice deal. If you are sailing in waves then the 5.4 Taka should be a nice option for you.

    • Ralf

      Seb, the right choice of Taka-sizes depends on your weight, your board and where you mainly surf.
      F.e. we were in Wijk last sunday with some waves around 2 m and only moderate wind.
      All of us 3 guys sail Ezzy Taka. Two choosed the 4.9 with riders weights of both under 83kg, where I with around 90 kg choosed the 5.4 with a medium outhaul.
      The two lighter riders with the 4.9 could mostly plane all the time when going out where I could only get planing when I catched waves. 2 weeks earlier at the same spot with slightly more wind, we all choosed the Taka 4.9 with similiar results, where I trimmed my 4.9 with a minimum down- and outhaul.
      The difference for me was in conclusion, that sailing the 4.9 with a minimum setup could get me out, but felt a bit like holding a bag of wind in my hands, meaning that the sail generated power, but didn’t get me so much planing free. But when I catched the waves, this feeling totally changed, the sail felt nice handy in the turns. With the 5.4 on a medium setup, going out against the waves felt better (no feeling of holding a wind-bag), but concerning planing, there was little difference, the 5.4 only could translate gusts better into planing speed than the minimum set 4.9. In the waves, both felt nearly the same.

      So, in conclusion for me for light wind conditions, if I only want to go out anyhow and mainly want to ride waves, I choose the smaller Taka with a minimum setup. If I want a bit better planing-translation in wind-gusts while going out, I choose the bigger size with medium settings. But when riding the waves, both feel nearly the same, meaning the bigger size doesn’t feel oversized or clumpy.
      Hope that helps with your decision.

  • Greg

    Hey,
    I’ve sailed my Ezzy Tiger 5.5 (my biggest sail) on most of the lightwind days on Fuerteventura (86l board)…Am keen on changing to Taka…just not shure weather to go with a 4.9 or 5.4? I did’t even bother to sail in conditions where Tiger 5.5 was not big enough…
    Thanks, Greg

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the question Greg.
      I think the 4.9 can be tuned to have the power of a larger sail, like a 5.2. It can also be rigged flatter and not have as much power. The 5.4 might be smart for you, as you can rig it for conditions. Having less battens will make it feel lighter too, so you will manage it well when the 5.5 might have been a struggle. Hope this is helpful! You might send an email direct to David for more feedback too at [email protected]

  • Duncan

    Hi there. I sail the Elites – 4.2 / 4.7 / 5.3 and absolutely love them. Am tempted to get a 5.7 elite for those super light wave-sailing days but am wondering if a 5.4 Taka might be even better as it would be for pure down the line sailing and in the bigger size light is definitely right. Would it give me as much sailing range from my quiver ? What do you recommend ? Thanks

    • ezzysails

      thanks for asking Duncan!
      This is a recent comment from David about the 5.4 Taka:
      “The 5.4 taka is a light wind sail. It will have the power of a 5.8 wave sail, but it is not a freeride sail like the cheetah.”

      It seems the Taka might be an ideal sail for your needs.
      You are welcome to contact David directly for further comment at [email protected]
      Regards,
      tim

  • BobP

    Hi Ezzy Crew,

    How does the Taka 5.4m2 compare to the Elite 5.3m2 for low end power? I am looking for a sail to work as both my light wind wave sail for slog-and-surf and marginal planing and also for more powered up 5.3m2 conditions, with my next smaller size a 4.7m2. Used for wave sailing only, mostly side to side-off conditions. My major concern with the Taka 5.4m2 is that it will be less stable than the Elite 5.3m2 when the wind comes up. I have sailed the Elite 5.3m2, and the 4.7m2 is the a good next size down for that sail. The Taka 5.4m2 and Elite 4.7m2 may be too much of a gap in sizes if the Taka 5.4m2 is less stable when strongly powered.

    Thanks,

    Bob

    • ezzysails

      thank you for asking Bob!
      The Taka 5.4 is going to have more power for sure…at least the potential for more power when rigged for lighter air. The key thing on the Taka is that you really should rig on the recommended Ezzy Mast (a 400).
      The only downside to the TAKA’s being sailed overpowered is that the leech has a tendency to “flutter” a bit. We discovered this when sailing really overpowered in the Gorge late last summer. For wave sailing, I don’t think this is a big deal however. No problem at all going from 5.4 to 4.7 Elite. The sails should scale quite nice.
      We just marked the Taka series down substantially with our dealer base…so it might be a good time to get a quote!

      • BobP

        Thanks for the quick reply. I do have the recommended Ezzy 400 Hookipa Mast, so I’m good there.

        Regards,

        Bob

        • ezzysails

          excellent! I’d go TAKA!

  • ST

    Hi guys!I have a goya RDM 90% сarbon will work well with TAKA 5.4?

    • ezzysails

      thanks for asking. For the TAKA to work as designed, it really needs an Ezzy 400. Moving forward, the TAKA2 is more accommodating for other brand masts.

  • Ubirajara Santos

    Yesterday I sailed, for the first time, my taka, 4.9 2015 in Ibiraquera/Brazil. The best place for wavesailing here in Brazil. What a sail!!! How light and how powerfull !!!
    Can t believe in that performance!!! Combining with my quatro quad, this sail made jump easily against waves and surf even easier all the waves.
    Fantastic sail.
    Never seen (feel) a sail like this before!!!

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