Fringe - Surfwave 3 Batten
The Delta (Not so) Quick Review: Jumping on the 3 batten Fringe for the first time I promised myself to keep an open mind. But, the fact that I rigged a second sail to prepare for a quick change might let you know which way I was hedging my bets. Well, that first time went way better than expected and I never touched the other sail... not that day, or any day there after. Within a week there was a full quiver of Fringe's in my car, and my old sails were up for sale.
The Fringe had a different "feel" than what I was used to, and on that first day it was this "feel" that kept me interested as I wanted to figure out what is was, as well as what it was all about. It took me a couple runs to dial in the sail tuning wise, and I realized very small changes in tension made noticeable changes in the feel.
Once dialed, I had zeroed in on the Fringe's efficiency as its feature that had me so intrigued. It felt super light in the hands both in static weight and in how I felt it pull against my hands. I'm sure some riders would call the sail gutless due to the light feel, but with the efficiency I was still planing on this same size sail I would normally rig up.The reduced rig weight on the nose of my board also seemed to make it feel more alive and every gust became instant acceleration. In a straight line there was a bit more movement to the sail than I was used to, but after a couple of runs I learned to just kind of let it do it's thing as the movement never lead to anything of concern.
Setting the rail to try a little swell ride I felt the Fringe drive more of the rail into the water than I was expecting and as a result I carved a way tighter turn. Pretty cool. Next I went for a loop, and remembering my experience on other experimental sails like the Naish Chopper, I said a quick prayer before take-off. Much to my surprise, when I opened my eyes, the Fringe held it's power all the way around and I was a sailing away fairly clean. Maybe that Stretch Control System really does do something?
So after positive results with the basics it was time to try my luck at a few freestyle moves. Spook's, Shove-it's, Flaka's and the like went just fine, so I moved onto my big moves, the Switch Kono and Funnel. The sail ducked well and had enough pop to do everything I wanted.
Wait this sail only has three battens! After my positive experience I forced a couple local riders to try this sail as well. I didn't mention the three battens to them and it wasn't until after they came back that I pointed it out. They knew it looked different but they didn't realize it was less battens. These two locals then came in the shop within a couple days and bought their own Fringe's.
With all this said I know the Fringe is not for everyone. To make use of the efficiency, which is it's biggest selling point, you have to be an efficient rider yourself. I'm certainly not a little guy, but I've been likened to something of a Dancing Bear so I feel like I make it work. Usually smaller riders tend to be the more efficient riders out there and the Fringe has quickly gained a following amongst our local women. The other limitation to the Fringe, which once again leads to it being best for smaller riders, is that above 5.0 the sail's wind range becomes pretty small so we don't go above this size..
The new Fringe is our progressive, super-light, minimalist surfing wave sail featuring soft and feather light handling, unlimited maneuverabi- lity, great low-end power and easy high wind control.
Fringe is the ultimate super lightweight surf sail for easy handling through radical maneuvers. Excellent low end power and flexible “up” lift gets you moving, keeps you loose and incredibly reactive on the water. Large Bi-Ply film window provides easy visibility through the sail for choosing your line through the water.
Precise Carbon Stretch Control 2 provides excellent stability throughout a very large wind range. Fringe is well suited to modern, higher volume, multi-fin boards. Using a higher volume board helps take advantage of the excellent low-end power of the Fringe, and also allows you to use a smaller sail size overall to maximize control and maneuverability. Fringe is also an excellent choice for lighter weight riders who rely on finesse over strength when sailing because of it’s incredibly light handling weight.
The 2017 Fringe comes with a revolutionary Bi-Ply window. Bi-Ply has the visibility and firmness of monofilm, but lasts three times longer for multiple reasons. Read more about it in the sail faetures.
The Fringe pairs with modern, higher volume multi-fin wave boards and matches best with the Custom Surfwave and One Freewave.
Recommended wave mast 90 Pro.
Optional flatwater and bump & jump mast 70 Pro.
Available in Red and Blue.
Goya Fringe Presentation Video - https://vimeo.com/172456791
Pro Scrim & Bi-Ply
The Scrim material used in the main panels offers super strong durability, super light weight and a supple and alive feel. Woven Dacron/Scrim hybrid luff panels, CSC™ Carbon Stretch Control, Poly Clew TCR™ Titanium Clew Rings, RSS™ Rip Stop Sleeve and the MTF™ Molded Tack Fairing round off the peak quality package. Sleeve cut treatments as well as tack and foot reinforcements are now folded to increase durability and prevent edge fraying. A scalloped upper leech reinforcement prevents breakdown of the leech from fluttering in strong wind conditions such as Omaezaki, the Gorge and Pozo.
Bi-Ply has the visibility and firmness of monofilm, but lasts three times longer for multiple reasons. Our 6 mil Bi-Ply is made from 2 layers of 3 mil film, laminated together with glue containing a UV inhibitor which greatly extends the life of the film. By being made from 2 thinner layers, the material is more flexible, stays more supple longer and offers much more resistance to the creasing and eventual breaking that monofilm can suffer. This is really big news as it is a material that offers a more durable alternative to monofilm, with the same perfect clarity. All Goya films, including Scrim, Bi-Ply and X-Ply are made in the USA by Dimension Polyant ® to the highest standards of sail cloth technology. What this means is supreme quality control and film consistency.