Quick to rig, the Lion3 is one of our favorite sails because it makes going fast no-hassle. After much testing, for 2016, David made the Lion3:

  • Lighter The Lion3 weighs less than the Lion2 because of a new, lightweight scrim, making the sail easier to handle.
  • Faster Progressive batten spacing (closer towards the top of the sail) produces a smoother twist.
  • More controllable in strong winds The profile above the boom is flatter to give the Lion3 more control when the wind picks up.
The Lion3 is a race sail stripped of everything that makes race sails difficult. The luff sleeve is narrow and easier to waterstart or uphaul than a wide sleeve that fills up with water. Like the Lion2, the new Lion3 rigs on all RDM and SDM masts. And, like all Ezzy Sails, the Lion3 is built to last.

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2016 Lion3 Luff Luff Boom Boom Ezzy Mast No. of No. of Base Weight
Size (sq.m.) Min Max Min Max . Battens Cams Extension Kg
6.0 444 446 183 189 430/25/21 6 2 16 cm 4.082 kg
6.5 455 457 190 197 430/25/21 6 2 27 cm 4.238 kg
7.5 478 480 206 212 460/25/25 7 2 20 cm 4.862 kg
8.5 501 503 223 229 490/26/29 7 2 13 cm 5.230 kg
9.5 514 516 240 247 490/26/29 7 2 26 cm 5.546 kg

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 Lion3 Cam Info

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


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.


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

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 Lion3 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 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.

  • serge d

    I already sailed with a Cheetah Lion 9.5.I hesitate between a Lion 7.5 and a Cheetah 8.00 for a board of 110 l / 65cm. (My weight 85 kg)Difference power and stability between the 2 sails ? What would be the most suitable ? – Serge (France)

    • ezzysails

      I would suggest the 8.0 Cheetah. For a board of 110 liters, i think the 9.5 Lion would feel a little big. The 8.0 would feel more balanced and easy to sail.

  • albert

    Hello, I´m Albert from Majorca. I´m interested with the lion 8.5. I have a simmer SC8 mast. Do you think it will work ok with this mast? thanks

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message Albert. The Simmer bends are very very close to our recommended mast bends. I think the SC8 (if it is a 490) should work great.

  • James Struth

    I am looking at a new quiver from you guys, is the jump from Lion 7.5 to 9.5 too big? I did want to go from 7.5 to 9.0 but you don’t do this. My weight is 70kgs and will use this on a Futura 124L

    • ezzysails

      Thank you for the message. Much of this would depend upon your local conditions. In my experience I think 7.5 to 9.5 is a perfect jump.
      The range will overlap as long as you use the tuning to your advantage. The key is to use the correct masts for them!

      • James Struth

        Thanks, I will buy new masts from you for the quiver so that it all works perfectly.

  • cj sparkey

    Hi, I already have a Cheetah 6.5 which I rig and enjoy on the correct Ezzy 430 mast. I’m thinking of getting a 7.5 and current favourite is a Lion 3 but my current 460 mast is a older North ‘drop shape’ 100% will this work well with the Lion or am I better going with a Cheetah?

    • ezzysails

      thanks for asking CJ! The North bends are okay with our sails, but the 490cm length is a little long for the 7.5 You might consider looking at an 8.5 Lion (my first choice), and 8.5 Cheetah, or an 8.0 Cheetah as a third option.

      Hope this helps!

      • cj sparkey

        Thank you for taking the time to reply, just to be clear my current North mast is a 460, not 490!

        • ezzysails

          I’m sorry! I must not have had my glasses on! the 460 is a great mast for the 7.5 Lion (my choice) or the 7.5 Cheetah. Still, I would stretch the range as much as you can. You might go with the 8.0 Cheetah. It will give you a little more power than the 7.5 Lion, and expand your overall sailing range.

          • cj sparkey

            No problem! Thats an interesting thought, the 8.0m Cheetah I will check the dimensions. But also great news I should be ok with my current mast.
            I’m (relatively) light weight at 75Kg and will be using it on a Futura 111, 12-18 Kn is a good average for my spot.

  • ddimmerr

    Hi, When Ezzy release new collection for 2017 model year ? Please make Lion 8.0m. It is most wanteble sail of all our windsurf friends.


    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message Dmitry. The 2016 Lion collection is also the 2017 collection with no changes. I will speak to David about possibly adding an 8.0 Lion.
      Thank you!

    • Diego

      Same to me, Lion 8.0m with 460 mast would be great!

      • ezzysails

        hi Diego,
        The 2016 and 2017 Lion is the same. If we make changes, it will be in the 2018 series.

        • Diego

          Tks! For the time being I’m in love with my Cheetah 7.5 2013!

      • Shawn Marshall

        Same for me, an 8.0m Lion would be awesome, a no brainer.

        • ezzysails


          • Alexander Linkov

            Will be looking forward to get one as well!

    • Kamil

      Hi, I totally agree, Lion 8.0 would be exactly what I need. I have 9.5 and I love it 🙂

      • ddimmerr

        I think that we need petition for Lion 8.0.

        We need Lion 8.0 because 8.5 is too big and heavy with 490 mast. Cheetah 8.0 do not have cams (( Please add comment if you agree with me. Please ask your windsurf fiends about Lion 8.0 and place comment here.

        • ezzysails

          thank you for the feedback. We are strongly considering an 8.0 for the next release of the Lion.

        • KOL

          +1, Lion is perfect freeride sail, 8.0 on 460 mast is great idea

  • Remy Bataillon

    Hi, I am thinking of getting a lion3 et I hesitate between 8,5 and 9,5. I am 81 kg, riding a futura 134. Will there be a difference between those two sails in light winds ? What would be your recommandation ? Thank you for your answer. Remy

    • ezzysails

      hi Remy,
      thank you for reaching out.

      There is certainly a difference between the 8.5 and 9.5, but perhaps more importantly we should assess your hardware.

      Do you have a 490 RDM Ezzy mast by chance? Would your boom extend out to 247cm by chance? For either sail to work great, it should be rigged up on a mast with the right bend and ideally nice and light. 1.0 meter of extra sail will give you more power for sure, but only if you are framing it with the right hardware.

  • Jeffrey S

    If you store an Ezzy sail rigged such as the tiger or cheetah, will doing so damage the sail over time. In the rigging videos, David Ezzy states that most of the damage to sails is caused by rigging & derigging. If you leave the sail rigged and have storage to do so, I would think that there would be less damage from ringing and ringing.

    • ezzysails

      Yes, leaving sails rigged over time is a bad idea. It also has a tendency to stress masts over time. We recommend derigging the sail if you do not plan on using it.

  • ezzysails

    The calibration system will work great if you set the extension at 28cm, and don’t downhaul all the way. The calibration system will show you how far to downhaul above the physical pulley. The indicator marker is between the collar of the extension and the mast, so you should be fine. It can be difficult to answer questions without showing you an image, and unfortunately this forum is really limited in my ability to answer you. You might send a direct email to [email protected] instead

  • Gary

    Hi, I have a JP Magic Ride 142 FWS, I am185 lbs/6’2″, have an Aerotech freeride 9.0 and looking to get a cheetah 7.5 (have a 100% 460/25 SDM for it), what would the wind range be for the cheetah 7.5? I am just getting on plane in 15 mph winds with the 9.0 (but looking to lower that with a larger fin, current fin is a JP 48 cm stock fin/sweeper style).

    • ezzysails

      I think the wind range for you on the 7.5 Cheetah will be 15 to 30 mph.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions.

      Best regards,

  • stanley muis

    Hi, I am sailing a cheetah 7.5m 2013 and want to swith to a lion 7.5m. Can you confirm they have the same wind range but is more stable and more low end?

    Thanks in advance.

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the message Stanley. I agree with your comments about the wind range and stability. The Lion has a different feel, and I associate it with power, ease of planning, and I also believe it is easier to sail upwind and downwind. It is a deeper feeling sail, so it requires more aggressive turning effort….but I love that!