2017 Ezzy Zeta

2017 Ezzy Zeta Wave Sail


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Ezzy Zeta

If you’ve windsurfed for as long as we have, you remember David Ezzy’s North Zeta from the late 80’s and early 90’s. The original zeta shocked the sail world and became the forerunner of the modern 5-batten wave sail. Fast forward 25 years of intensive R&D: a new Ezzy Zeta is born. Get ready for the rebirth of a legend!

The new Zeta keeps the lightness and easy feel of the 3 and 4 batten Ezzy wave sails but adds 5-batten stability and responsiveness. This Ezzy Zeta is powerful and easy to control, and is equally at home on a wave at Hookipa or screaming across the San Francisco Bay on a windy afternoon.

The Zeta features our calibrated rigging system which means you can rig your sail exactly the same way David does. Just downhaul until the line on the gauge lines up with the bottom of your mast and you are ready to sail. To insure our quality, we make the Zeta in our own factory. And like every Ezzy sail, the Zeta is rigged, calibrated, and thoroughly checked before it goes in the bag and out the door. With the re-birth of the Ezzy Zeta, the future of five batten wave sails is here.



"To condense our thoughts, we can say that it is a sail which it is a pleasure to go windsurfing with. If possible, this sail's response is even more neutral than that of other Ezzy models (Tiger/Elite), which is also legendary. Indeed, this sail gives a great feeling of lightness and maneuverability in your hands, and it is powerful, never being tiring." - Waterwind.it

Ezzy Zeta - Back to the future!

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Ezzy Zeta Wave Sail Luff Boom Boom No. of Ezzy Mast Base Weight
Size (sq.m.) Med Min Max Battens Base/Top Extension Kg
3.7 359 139 148 5 340/370 6-8 cm 2.865 Kgs.
4.2 379 148 157 5 370/370 10-12 cm 3.054 Kgs.
4.7 402 156 165 5 370/400 18-20 cm 3.244 Kgs.
5.0 414 156 166 5 400/400 14-18 cm 3.334 Kgs.
5.2 420 160 170 5 400/400 20-24 cm 3.460 Kgs.
5.5 432 165 175 5 400/430 18-20 cm 3.556 Kgs.
5.8 440 169 179 5 430/430 10-14 cm 3.638 Kgs.
6.4 454 179 189 5 430/430 24-28 cm 3.838 Kgs.
6.8 477 181 190 5 460/460 18-20 cm 3.996 Kgs.


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


2017 Zeta 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



"To condense our thoughts, we can say that it is a sail which it is a pleasure to go windsurfing with. If possible, this sail's response is even more neutral than that of other Ezzy models (Tiger/Elite), which is also legendary. Indeed, this sail gives a great feeling of lightness and maneuverability in your hands, and it is powerful, never being tiring."

- 6.4 Zeta Review by Waterwind

EZZY ZETA SAIL FEATURES

  • Jean-Lin Spriet

    Hi
    is the zeta more powerful then a elite ?

    • ezzysails

      not necessarily….It really all depends upon your tuning.

      I like to see it this way. If you are using the Ezzy Mast system (including the recommended top and bottom for each size) then the Elite and Zeta will be essentially the same. If you are using a different mast set up, then the Zeta would be a better choice. A 5 batten sail will behave better on a 2nd choice mast. The 5 batten design will have the framework to deliver performance because of the extra batten. If you are using the correct mast for both sails, then they both have similar power.

      • Gurkenlaster

        Does the Zeta then has any advantages at all compared to the Elite if both were rigged on their recommended Ezzy masts ?

        • ezzysails

          great question. it really all boils down to how the two sails feel. The Zeta has a firmer sail rotation and I think it planes up a bit more like a cambered sail when compared to the Elite. The Elite rotates very smoothly and feels a bit lighter in your hands. The Zeta feels more like the Tiger or SE of years past.

  • ezzysails

    feedback has been marvelous on the Zeta. The team on Maui is loving how it feels. Light and stable. The luff panel allows the sail to set up and rotate with a smoothness that is sublime!

  • gurkenlaster

    So it’s exactly like the Tiger. Looks the same, same specifications, more forgiving to using a non ezzy mast. Just a new Name.

    • ezzysails

      not exactly. The Zeta was designed fresh from the ground up. it does target the sailor who loved the Tiger…but it is a very different sailing and feeling sail. The Luff panel makes the sail feel more powerful and lighter.

  • Alex

    I own a 6.5 and 5.5 cheetah. Recently bought a smaller board to do more coastal and higher wind sailing. I figured the next sail to buy would be a 4.7….but which, Elite or Zeta? Will the Zeta feel more like the Cheetah? Does the Elite give more all round use? Which is easier to use?

    • ezzysails

      thanks for the message Alex. I think the best option would be the Zeta or possibly a Tiger from last season. Both of these models are 5 batten sails and would work best for all-purpose sailing. The 5 batten design is super stable, powerful, and rangy for both low and high wind.

  • ezzysails

    – The NL 430 skinny is the correct MCS stiffness.
    – However, the NL 430 skinny is a bit softer at the 1/4 point than
    traditional constant curve masts.

    1/4% = 64
    3/4% = 77

    – The Zeta was designed around a traditional constant curve bend of:

    1/4% = 61-63
    3/4% = 76-78

    In conclusion, you are only off by a small amount at the 1/4 point
    deflection. This just means the Zeta will be slightly flatter in the boom
    area, but you should be fine because the Zeta has sufficient panel
    shaping in that area.

  • Laurent

    Will a 400 mast be ok on a 4.7m2?

    • ezzysails

      hello Laurent,
      The 4.7 Zeta will work okay on a 400cm mast, but if you can use a 370 bottom it will rig up a little nicer (and easier).
      You will need to re-calibrate the downhaul setting system so that a 400 works properly. You can find out more about that option here on our rigging guide page: http://www.ezzy.com/allyearsezzys/2016/pdfs/2016_calibration_guide.pdf

  • jake

    Hi guy’s,

    I’m currently running on 4.7,5.3,5.9 simmer icons which are great for me but I wanted to extend my sail range without getting more than 3 sails. Do you think a 4.2, 5.2, 6.4 Zeta setup would work or would it be too spaced out?

    • ezzysails

      hello Jake,
      thank you for asking. I think 6.4, 5.2, 4.2 would work okay, but I am a little uncomfortable with the 5.2 to 4.2 jump. That is a big jump. I would consider this quiver as one to consider – Elite 6.1, 5.0, 4.2.

      Regards,
      Tim

      • jake

        Hey Tim,
        Thank you for getting back to me. Do you think the Elite has the same range as the Zeta? I love 5 batten sails for their ability to cover massive wind ranges, conditions change quickly here in the UK and I hate running back and forth up the dunes to swap sails. I thought of the wave sails you guys make the Zeta would have the most tuneable range?
        Thanks,
        Jake

        • ezzysails

          That is a great question. The Zeta is a rangier sail on a wider variety of masts. If you use any mast apart from the suggested Ezzy mast combination, then the Zeta will perform better. The Elite is more sensitive to mast specificity because it only has 4 battens. The Zeta might be the ticket for you!

  • ezzysails

    hi Steve,
    welcome back to windsurfing! Stoked! The scaling of your proposed quiver (6.4 Zeta, 5.5 Zeta, 4.7 Elite, 4.2 Elite) sounds very smart and ideal. I really like the scaling you are considering, especially when you take into account your weight and board selection. I think the gap between 5.5 Zeta and 4.7 Elite is no problem.

  • Chris Campbell

    I am considering the 3.7 Zeta. I already have a 340 Ezzy mast, but see it is not listed as a “Good Combination”. Would a 340 mast not work well with the 3.7? I know I could always get a 370 top, but that might have to wait a while.

    • ezzysails

      please reach out to Jeroen to find out when the new Taka4 will be arriving! Best Surf
      Schokkerweg 442583 BH Den Haag (Holland)

      Email: [email protected]

      +31 (0)626096360

    • ezzysails

      thanks for the message back Chris. The 340 is a little softer than we like for the 3.7. We truly hope you can consider picking up a 370 tip to use with your 340 bottom (your masts are ezzy masts, right?)

      We offer a 60% carbon mast series that is 100% interchangeable with the 90% mast series. You could pick up a 370 60% tip for fairly little money, and get your 3.7 dialed to the max:)

  • Dirk

    Hi,

    will there be changes to the 2018 Zetas?

    regards

    Dirk

    • ezzysails

      details will post soon!

  • Carlos

    Hi. I´m planning an actualization of my quiver after the use of my new Legacy 5.8. I´m thinking of Zeta. I have 2 questions:
    1. 5 or 5,2 ?
    2. I´ve a NORTH gold mast 4.0 m, SDM. Is it suitable or you recomend to use a 4.0 RDM …?
    Thanks for your help.

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the question Carlos. You could select either the 5.2 or 5.0. Both would work great on a North SDM gold mast. I have always been a fan of bigger spaces between sails in my quiver. I like the idea of 5.8 to 5.0. This makes it easier to choose which sail to rig when you are at the beach, and it encourages you to tune the sails for conditions. You would, in theory, spend more time on each sail as well trying to get more range out of them. The sail range is very comfortable between 5.8 to 5.0. In the end, it is a personal decision.

      • Carlos

        Thanks a lot. I’ll get the ZETA 5.0.
        Best regards. Carlos.

  • Juanma Beltran Gomez

    I miss smaller sizes, 3.5 and 3.3, a new quiver is not possible…… why?

    • ezzysails

      thank you for the feedback. We strongly encourage people to switch over to the Elite series for small sails. Our tiny Elite sails are a very natural transition to the larger Zeta sizes.

      • Juanma Beltran Gomez

        Yes, that is my option, but I thought that 5 battems were more stable for strong wind. Anyway, when are coming up the new elites? I have heard next January, is it right? Any New sizes? I was thinking 3,4, 3,8, 4,2 and 4,7 . Thanks in advance

        • ezzysails

          release on the new Elites is coming soon. I anticipate before January, but David Ezzy reserves the right to tweak them until he is happy!

  • Carlos

    Hi. May I use a 4,60 Neilpryde mast X6 in a Zeta 6.8 or I need any other once …
    Thanks.

    • ezzysails

      the pryde mast bends are great in our masts. You should be very happy with the combo!

      • Carlos

        Thanks for your quick answer. I understand that the X6 pryde mast join the zeta sail correctly, OK?

        • ezzysails

          Pryde masts work quite nicely in our sails.

  • Michael Thiel

    Hi! Need some sail advise, My old 4.2 an 3.7 Norths are worn out. I’m 145lbs and ride a Fanatic Freewave 85l on Florida Gulf coast. I have Wave Panther 6.0, 5.5, SE Wave 5.0 and a Panther III 4.5. Would a Zeta 3.7 be a good size for my current quiver. My smallest mast is a Ezzy 400RDM so I’m thinking a shorter mast would be needed also? Thanks Have a great day!

    • ezzysails

      thank you for reaching out Michael! Here in the Gorge, I know many people that use a three sail quiver and like the scaling. Many select 5.2/4.5/3.7 as a way to cover a huge range with minimal equipment. I would say that the gap between your 4.5 and 3.7 is comfortable, but that it is really critical that you try to rig your 3.7 on the correct mast so that you can get full performance range out of the sail (370 tip/340 bottom).

      • Michael Thiel

        I had the same thoughts on the mast after reading thru the mast guide! Thanks for the help and info!

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