Designed for: Hitting the waves at high speed to pull out new school aerial wave moves, whether you are jumping or going for aerials. The right mix between drive on the bottom turn, but at the same time a neutral on/off performance going for the cut back. Our Point-7 Black Team together with Josep Pons have worked on the development over the year to prove what The SALT PRO can do. It’s not only going to podiums, but it’s about being the most radical out there in any situation and conditions. With this sail we want to make sure that you feel confident in trying anything out! Scoring quality points on the water will make you stand out from the rest.
The tests on magazines say: With masses of useable power and a fun active nature, the efficient and dynamic on/off profile is designed to be radical on the wave and allowing the enterprising sailor to get away with the smallest sail possible. It’s a versatile wave sail which can be used in all conditions by tightening or loosening the clew. Fast, agile, and supremely comfortable to use, the Salt Pro’s soft delivery style makes its spirited rearward rider-focussed power, both useable and stable across a far-reaching tuneable range. A manoeuvre machine. At this price, represents exceptional value for money. The Salt provides the power and balance to make the most of all coastal environments.
Its character: The Salt is the Point-7 all-out performance orientated four batten wave sail. Fast riding on the waves, quick to respond in new school wave sailing moves, and ultra-light in your hands. A pure new school wave sail. Adjust the back-hand power, and it’s ready to offer precision, according to the wind strength, the board we use, and what we want to do. We can flatten the profile in Side-Shore conditions to neutralize the profile of the sail in high speed surf, which can give more power in the back hand to get more support in on shore conditions, or when you want quick acceleration to hit the lips of the waves. Light and balanced in the hands, the power comes from a high forward position, its punchy delivery softened by the stretch in the luff sleeve and large Dacron luff panel. Once the pressure builds and the draft reaches its elastic limit, the response from the sail’s high skin tension takes over, providing crisp, precise handling and inspiring the rider to explore its manoeuvre potential. On the wave, the Salt provides masses of useable drive through the bottom turn, whilst always remaining controllable. At the critical moment, it has a more of an on-off nature, the Dacron panel permitting the lungs of the sail to exhale and become light and easy for manoeuvre. As the wind increases, the use of the lower clew eyelet adjusts the boom angle and encourages the rider into a more compact stance, and if required the downhaul tension can be increased to extend upper-panel twist without the demise of the sail’s forward profile. It’s fast, it’s agile, it’s up to you to let the next move be or dream, or to make it happen. The Salt is ready to stand out!
On Land: Rigged, the luff length increment provided 3cm extension is suggested to provide extra play. When applying downhaul, the Salt’s mid-leech falls away quickly whilst the upper leech remains relatively taut, its looseness masked in part by the large mini batten. There is plenty of luff curve in the sail’s leading edge, forcing a good deal of shape into the draft, whilst the two lower battens retain excellent rotation around the mast. It has a short boom length and high clew eyelet position, making it feel small and throw around yet providing direct contact with the power generated. Fast and efficient on the way out, it always feels compact and controllable, the breathability of the Dacron helps the sail to cushion impacts whilst dancing over sharp chop. active, yet controllable.
On the water:The Salt translates to plenty of useable bottom end grunt, the large luff panel expanding to significantly increase the depth of the draft. The delivery is soft and forgiving, and comes through both hands, the centre of effort focussed around the rider. Used in properly powered conditions, this transforms into a power-hungry animal, locked in and dancing over the water as it advances in every gust. It moves smoothly around the rider thanks to the softness in the luff panel, enabling to keep the pedal down in attack mode, even in the most uninviting conditions. With speed comes light handling, which combined with the Salt’s on-off capacity when eased out, makes it a formidable weapon on the wave and in transition.
Competition Results: The sail that has brought a PWA World Vice Champion results to Point-7.
Developed and designed by: The Point-7 Black Team. A team of professional sailors and designers who have proved themselves by designing the winning sail for the World Champion in the PWA Slalom World Tour. Josep Pons is now in charge of the development with the rest of the Wave Black team and has given new important feedback on the New SALT PRO.
Development Target: The SALT has been part of a continuous evolution since it was first introduced. Each size is tested separately according to the designated wind intensity for which the sail is designed for. The individual changes on each size have been made very specifically to create the perfect sail range. Sail profile, rotation and twist was tuned on each size to make the sails feel freer, and lighter in the hands to allow the riders to focus on the real deal. Development was focused on making the sail more comfortable in heavier conditions, especially on the smaller sizes; a lighter feel, power, whilst giving more control to the rider for that extra comfort.
Outline: A balanced boom length and luff height. A medium cut foot to satisfy the need of the new moves which go close to freestyle, but at the same time low enough to give power. The reduced head outline shape allows a fast rotation of the sail, and a light feeling.
Battens: four-batten construction, with some profile along the lower 2 battens to satisfy the drive on the bottom turn.
Clew and Eyelets: Two light ring eyelet positions. The lower eyelet to properly wave sail. The higher eyelet to increase power and acceleration for bump and jumping.
Leech, Rotation and profile: Comprising high skin tension and a tight leech, with lots of S/shaping in the battens to give extra speed to jump higher. The Salt Pro has a very reactive and maneuver orientated ride, maintaining a slightly flat batten profile over the boom. The rotation of the battens is set so that the battens sit in the middle of the mast, when the correct trim is applied. This gives the stability in the drive, a quick change of tack in the moves or when riding.
Body Material: The Dacron luff panel creates earlier planing and more comfort in tough conditions. Mostly assembled in the 4mil Anti UV X-ply Laminate - highly responsive. X-ply window only where it would not obstruct perfect vision while hitting the lip when riding waves, centered by 5mil Monofilm. The construction is light, but extensively tested on the water to make sure that it would still take the biggest crashes. 5mil Anti UV- X-ply base panel for protection from accidents. X-ply batten pockets for lighter weight and reflex.
All our Ply, X-ply and Scrims monofilm are produced in the Unites States.
Rigging: The Salt Pro is straightforward to rig, requiring an easy amount of force to counter its luff curve to set the rotation of the profile to obtain a slight lose leach. For wave riding the leach lose leach, should fall 15cm from the leach to the first mini batten on the top. (-3 cm from max downhaul setting). For the boom length, the lower ring to the minimum boom setting required in the specs. For Bump and Jumping, pull downhaul setting all the way to 1cm to the end of the setting required, and use the higher ring with the max setting required from the specs. Tighten top batten, but just remove wrinkles on the other battens, without over tightening them. The SALT PRO has been developed specifically on the C80 rdm masts.
Rider Developer Comment: “The salt pro is being developed all year round constantly. Each detail is being overlooked to be improved. The development is so millimetric around all the different components, that each size takes a different direction to aim to be perfect for the wind range that is going to be used in.“