2016 Ezzy Elite


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  • Our best all-around wave sail.
  • Designed for flatwater and wave sailing.
  • The Elite is strong. We use Technora and Spectra X-ply sailcloth.
  • Expanded light wind settings.
  • Powerful and stable with a soft feel.
  • Sizes 3.4 to 6.1 have four battens.
  • New sizes: 6.4 and 6.8 with five battens.
  • Calibrated rigging system for fast and accurate rigging.
  • The Elite also works with non-Ezzy masts.
  • Our unique Color Fusion sailcloth makes the Elite visually stunning.


"…the Elite has a massive range, soft useable power and a refined lightness to its handling that makes it a delight to use in a variety of manoeuvre-bias disciplines. A favorite amongst the team" - Windsurf Magazine UK
“The Start of the Off Season” - Graham Ezzy on the 2016 Ezzy Elite
Kevin Pritchard on the 2016 Ezzy Elite

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2016 Ezzy Elite Luff Boom Boom Ezzy Mast No. of Base Weight
Size (sq.m.) Med Min Max Base/Top Battens Extension Kg
3.4 351 138 144 340 / 340 4 11 cm 2.710 kg
3.7 361 144 150 340 / 370 4 6 cm 2.796 kg
4.0 371 147 153 340 / 370 4 16 cm 2.894 kg
4.2 380 148 156 370 / 370 4 10 cm 2.967 kg
4.5 391 152 160 370 / 400 4 6 cm 3.056 kg
4.7 401 156 164 370 / 400 4 16 cm 3.140 kg
5.0 413 161 169 400 / 400 4 13 cm 3.258 kg
5.3 425 166 174 400 / 400 4 25 cm 3.368 kg
5.7 438 172 180 400 / 430 4 23 cm 3.474 kg
6.1 449 174 184 430 / 430 4 19 cm 3.600 kg
6.4 456 179 189 430 / 430 5 26 cm 3.976 kg
6.8 478 180 190 460 / 460 5 18 cm 4.158 kg


INDIVIDUAL 2016 ELITE RIGGING VIDEOS

1. Elite Quick Rig


2. Calibration System for Ezzy Masts


3. Calibration System for Non-Ezzy Masts


4. Threading the Pulley


5. Tensioning the Battens


6. Derigging the Elite

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


2016 Elite Mix-Match Mast Chart

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

The Ezzy Hookipa Mast






David Ezzy explains Mast Theory



ELITE SAIL FEATURES

  • Tim Stewart

    I am considering either an Elite 4.7 or Tiger 4.7. I will be using it for flatwater slalom/blasting and not for waves. Elite says it is designed for flatwater but Tiger has more battens like a slalom sail. What is best as I can’t see any direct comparisons? Thanks!

    • ezzysails

      great question Tim! I think it all really boils down to what mast you have. If you are using the Ezzy 400 tip/370 bottom with this 4.7, then the Elite will deliver the same range as the Tiger. If you are planning on using a different combination (or brand) mast, then I would suggest you go with the Tiger. The 5 batten designed Tiger will have better tolerance when it comes to masts. The Elite is more sensitive to using the specified mast. Does this help?

      • Tim Stewart

        Yes thanks! I have just ordered the Tiger 4.7 and Lion3 6.0. Looking forward to sail both of them!

  • Al

    I am considering a set of Elite’s in 4.2, 4.7, 5.3 and 6.1 sizes but both my wife and I sail and are normally one sail apart.
    I see that there is some mast overlap in the 4.7/5.3 sizes which if I only have a 370, 400 and 430 masts will cause me to be on the ‘second choice’ mast combination some of the time.
    How much of a compromise is this going to be?

    • ezzysails

      thank you for reaching out Al. The ’16 Elites are more tolerant of different masts than the ’15 Elite. This means you can sail the 4.7 with a straight 400 for example. The only issue is that you would need to re-calibrate your sails for different masts…which might be a pain. You might consider getting a few spare mast parts in our new Legacy Mast series. The Legacy information will be available on our web site soon. The Legacy mast is a 60% carbon RDM mast that works in partnership with our existing Hookipa RDM mast. You can use the 60% and 90% mast sections together. It might be just the ticket for you!

  • s k

    Hi, can you advice if I can use mast naish firestick 430-90% content of carbon on Elite 5,7 m2 (2015 or 2016). Will work Ok?
    Thank you, Saso

    • ezzysails

      thank you for asking! Naish masts have stiffer top, softer bottoms than we prefer. The mast will “work”, but in general it will be a bit like putting average tires on a high-performance automobile. You may consider switching over to the Ezzy “Legacy” mast, which is a 60% carbon mast with a perfect bend curve (at economical pricing). Hope this is of service.

  • ezzysails

    hi JD,
    I’d start by considering the Elite. The Elite has great power, range, etc…but it also rotates super easy. I think it will perform very nicely for your freestyle/tricks. It should have all of the power and range of your North, but rotate easier. The North mast bend is a great match to our sails, so you could try it on the 430. The ideal mast for the Elite is the Ezzy 430 tip/400 bottom. You can get the Elite to work pretty well on the North 430, but that Ezzy combo mast will unlock another level of performance.

    • JD

      Thanks for the quick reply.

  • Al

    I am now the proud owner of a selection of the 2016 Elite sails and matching masts – thanks for the great products.

    I have a question on rigging the Elite’s…..

    When rigging using the Ezzy mast and down-hauling to the calibrated ‘Medium’ mark I find the sail doesn’t look very loose on the leech and the outhaul seems to take a lot of pressure. Is this correct? It looks very different to what I’ve been used to (Tush Storms) where the leech was much more open on the beach.
    Any advice much appreciated.

  • Kuds

    How important is the choice of the base of the mast? I have both 400 and 430 Ezzy masts. I want to rig a 5.7 Elite and a 5.0 Freewave at the same time, requiring 2 400 bases. I have other 400 masts. Will only certain bases be compatible?

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message. Mast selection is really important to overall performance. Luckily, the Ezzy Mast system has some options. You can go with the Ezzy mast (new or used), one of our Legacy 60% carbon bottoms, or an old Powerex RDM mast is also an option. Does that answer your question? You are welcome to email us directly ([email protected]) if you want to outline some specifics.

  • Snurfer

    Hi.

    I intend to purchase Elite 3.7 2016 and Elite 5.7 2015. Can you recommend appropriate masts combinations that are suitable for these 2 sails.

    Could I use my existing SDM mast from Arrows for Elite 5.7? Mast is some 10 years old, but in very good shape while it is used only few times a year.

    For Elite 3.7 can be used mast combination 370 top and bottom?

    Thank you in advance for answers.

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message. Very stoked to hear you are considering picking up some sails. For the sails to really work as intended, it is important to give them a fighting chance by getting them set up with the right masts. All of the Elites have some tolerance on different brand or length masts, but we really encourage you to try and get the ideal set up. This year we launched the 60% carbon RDM “Legacy” mast in an effort to make the mast configurations more affordable. Check those out!

      Arrows masts are a pretty good fit in our sails. For the 5.7, I would start with the 430cm mast. You will want to review this video to re-calibrate the sails for different length masts.
      https://vimeo.com/album/2644104/video/81569669

      Same story for the 3.7. You can rig it on a straight 370, but you will want to re-calibrate.

      • Snurfer

        Thank you for explanation. I can conclude that the best solution will be to use Ezzy mast with recommended combination of base and top.
        Again about 3.7, if I chose Ezzy mast is it same if I take 370 or 340+370 combination? At this point I can still order one or another.

        • ezzysails

          if you can, I would strongly suggest the 370 tip/340 bottom Ezzy combo for the 3.7 Elite. I would suggest you go with the Legacy 60% mast for the bottom or perhaps even both sections. The price would be attractive, and the mast combo is sublime in the 3.7. We’ve been doing this set up this summer in our demo fleet!

          • Snurfer

            Hi, thanks again and I have another question.
            I have Ezzy sail SE 5.0 2007 intend to use with an Ezzy mast combination from Elite 5.7 (base 400 + top 430). Will this be OK for SE?

          • ezzysails

            the 430 tip/400 bottom will be a GREAT option for your 2007 5.0 SE! Excellent choice

          • Snurfer

            Thanks a lot, I will go with this mast combination for both sails.

  • FP

    Hi.
    I’m buying an Ezzy sail to replace my old NP Expression 6.1. I’m now undecided between Elite 6.4 and Tiger 6.3. I will use the sail mostly on 105 and 93 FSW boards for onshore waves (up to 2 m), basic old style freestyle and freeride. Can you help me with my decision?
    Thanks for the answers.

  • Paolo Marone

    Hi, I am the proud owner of an Elite 5.0 2012 and its 400 Ezzy mast, 90% carbon. I have just bought Elite 4,5 2015. I have an old Powerex mast, 370, full carbon, very good conditions. What would you recommend for my new Elite 4.5? a combination of top Ezzy 400 + bottom Powerex 370 or directly the Powerex 370?
    Thanks a lot.

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message Paolo. If you are using one of the Powerex RDM masts from awhile ago (made in Salt Lake City, UT) then you should be perfect! It works great with the Ezzy masts because we have the same bends and fit. You will want to take a minute to make sure your calibration is accurate. Please review this video: https://vimeo.com/album/2644104/video/81569669

      • Paolo Marone

        All clear. I will use the combi Ezzy + Powerex and re-calibrate, then just wait for good wind and waves :)) Thanks a lot and congratulations for your excellent products!!!

  • Christos

    Hey, I plan to replace an EZZY Wave Panther Ltd 5.0 2012 with a 2016/2017 Elite (will be using the appropriate Ezzy mast). I was wondering whether I could get the same low wind (15-16 knts) performance with a 4.7 sail or should I stick with a 5.0. Please advise.
    And btw, when will the 2017 range be available in Europe?

    • ezzysails

      Thank you for the message Christos. After reviewing this with David Ezzy I think it is probably best for you to stick with the 5.0.

      • Christos

        Thanks!

  • Phil Ravenshear

    I’ve been sailing for many years on and off and have got back into windsurfing again at the ripe old age of 47
    So, to avoid embarassment I started to update all my kit. I’m around 98kg and have bought a few new boards… skate 110, gecko 120 and atom 140.
    18 months ago started updating my sails to gaastra as they were always a good make, and was very happy… That was until i recently bought a brand new cheetah 8.5. OMG, bit of an eyeopener – amazing sail and really tough.

    OK, now i’ve seen the light, i want to change over to ezzy thoughout – but i’m a bit confused as to what route to take… elite, tiger, cheetah???

    I have a gaastra 6.9 cross and its great – light in the hands etc, and was gonna change that to a 7.0 cheetah. all cool with that.
    Plus I have a gaastra pure 5.7 – great, powerful, and good for freestyle (not that i’m great at that yet) but it works well with the skate.
    & I have gaastra rdm 100 gold masts, but i know i will have to change these.

    Its just the next bit im unsure about – i want to get rid of the gaasrts and get an all ezzy set of sails to fill the smaller end of the quiver, and was looking at maybe a 4.5, 5.0 and 5.7 elite 2016?
    I sail on a combination of lake, offshore wave/mush and occasional cross on wave (but not often yet – hoping to do this a bit more) and maybe add a wave board to the set.
    that would make the sail choice for me 8.5, 7.0, 5.7, 5.0, 4.5 all ezzy on ezzy masts – which i ‘think’ for my weight is about right.

    Anyway – sorry for the long and boring story, just wanted to get your opinion on the sail model choice before i jump in and buy 4 new sails and 2/3 masts.
    As i will have to part exchange some of this kit to afford the new stuff. I’d love to have a bottomless pit of cash, but until the lottery comes up for me, this is my only route and i want to make sure i’m making an informed decision.

    thanks for any help you can give me – and keep making these sails – they are SSSSO much better than anything i have ever used to date.

    Phil

  • Serge Slavinsky

    Hello, will Lion3 8.5m work with Chinook carbon boom 160-226? This sail says that the boom should be 219-227. I’m not sure if the 1 cm difference is going to be material. Don’t want to buy another boom specifically for this sail.
    Regards,
    Serge.

    • ezzysails

      hello Serge,
      the maximum outhaul setting for the 8.5 is 229cm. If your maximum setting is only 226, then you would be limiting your tuning range by a considerable amount. You might be better choosing the 8.5 cheetah, which has a maximum outhaul range of 227. If you mount your boom in the middle of the boom mount on your mast, you will be okay.

  • Nicolas Tsamis

    Hi
    I just bought an ELITE 6,1 and I have an EZZY Legacy mast 430/430 as recommended for this sail. The 6,1 Elite says that I need a 19cm extension. The question is, what is the proper TOTAL length of an extension I need to buy for this sail? I mean if I need 19cm outside the mast what is the required length to have into the mast in order not to harm the mast or unstable the rig?

    Thanks,

    Nicolas

    • ezzysails

      great question Nicholas. I think you might be overthinking the issue. We spoke with Chinook about this at length years ago. Their perspective is that if the extension has a setting, then it is safe to use it. In other words, if you shop for an extension, your only concern is that the extension provides you a setting to allow a 19cm height setting. It is okay if you purchased a 45cm extension, and set the extension setting at (or near) the 19cm setting. Likewise, if you select an extension with a maximum height of 19cm, then you are safe to use the extension at the highest possible setting. Hope this is helpful!

  • Jan Chadaj

    Hi,
    I’m 108kg and 6’4″. My wave quiver is Panther ltd 6.9, Tiger 2012 6.3, Panther Elite 5.7, Tiger 5.2 rest are all tigers. I’ve badly trashed my 6.3 Tiger beyond economical repair. I’ve tried an Elite 6.1 and while its a great sail (lovely control and top end with gradual power delivery), the drop from 6.9 to 6.1 is too big for me (ie overpowered on 6.9 to under powered on 6.1). I have the option of a 2016 Elite 6.4 special edition in yellow/blue? or a new Zeta 6.4. Ignoring the aesthetics of the sails (I prefer the panels of the Elite), which sail would you recommend? I used the 6.3 in 20-25 knots.

    Thanks

    Jan
    Love all my Ezzy sails!

    • ezzysails

      The Zeta has a few differences to the 2016 Elite. The Zeta has a luff panel, which allows David to assemble the sail a bit differently. The Zeta has a one piece luff sleeve and a bit different feel than the 2016 Elite.

      To me, the 2016 Elite 6.4 and 6.8 are a great place to begin looking. They will most likely be marked down on sale, as they are last years models. The 2016 Elites are both 5 batten sails (not 4 batten like the 6.1). They pull great, rotate great, and deliver power and control.

      The Zeta is going to have a bit more range, but all in all I think the Elite 2016 6.4 is the first place I’d consider.

      • Jan Chadaj

        Many thanks – Elite 2016 it is then.

  • ezequiel

    Hi, I have my ezzy 400 hookipa mast broken but my 460 and 430 are ok, can I rig my elite 5.0 with 460 top and 340 base, best regards

    • ezzysails

      I’m afraid you cannot put a 460 tip with a 340 bottom. Your mast would have a completely abnormal bend curve to it.

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