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  • North Sails Hero M.E 2016
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  • North Sails Hero M.E 2016
North Sails Hero M.E 2016
North Sails Hero M.E 2016
Material: Monofilm/Dacron - Color: at option - Size: at option
Product Number:  14600-1205
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4 Batten Wave

With the HERO designer Kai Hopf achieved a big bang; all international tests continue to praise the World Cup 4-batten wave sail into the sky. The all-new HYBRID edition with PROGRESSIVE.HYBRID.BATTEN.LAYOUT now is even more versatile as it’s individually tuneable: 5.0 and smaller with 4 or 3 battens, 5.3 and greater with 4 or even 5 battens. This gives everyone all options to precisely fine-tune the sail according to your individual preferences and requirements. By the way, the favorite sail of superhero Victor Fernandez fits perfectly with the current multi-fin boards and independently of the sailor's weight it always guarantees maximum performance.


The consistent ongoing development and integration of the PROGRESSIVE.HYBRID.BATTEN.LAYOUT make the new HERO HYBRID an even better and more versatile hardcore wave sail. Through the individual batten configuration you can fine-tune ist character towards toward softer profile/planing or high end performance/control. Therefore 5.0 and down come with 4 battens with the option to be used as a 3-batten sail, 5.3 and up you can use 4 or 5 battens. In general less battens make the sail lighter and more flexible. The profile filles out faster and increases the planing power. The additional batten "stiffens up" the sail body, providing maximum control in the upper wind range.

Despite a further draft back position it doesn’t become back handy, even when overpowered. Due to fine-tuning of all sizes the extremely wide wind range compared to conventional 4 batten sail is immediately noticeable.

The low weight makes for incredible handling, while rigging you can already imagine how light and soft the sail feels. The rotation is as smooth as silk, even with minimal outhaul tension.

On the water it immediately appears that your backhand is the throttle, just sheet in then the HERO HYBRID immediately builds up power, speeds up and gets you going. On the wave it becomes a discreet engine always ready to accelerate when needed. The top of the sail works very effectively to support the power, therefore you can safely choose a sail size smaller than with many other wave sails. This applies to almost any rider, regardless of their weight.

Kai Hopf developed the BALANCED.LUFF.LENGTH, a precisely balanced ratio of luff length to boom length. As short as possible for most radical throw-ability and as long as necessary to generate sufficient stability for maximum wind range.

Design, processing, shape and features such as the iBUMPER mast protector make the radical HERO HYBRID a perfect package to which the competition must be measured again. The HERO is exclusively designed for RDM masts due to its narrow sleeve and elastic characteristics. The smaller mast diameter perfectly matches this softer feeling sail and shorter luff.



Absolutely identical in design, the HERO M.E. differs only in the reduced amount of CROSS.YARN.LAMINATE, a standard protector and the missing PROGRESSIVE.HYBRID.BATTEN option. This price advantage we are happy to pass on.




  • NEW: HERO ME reduced amount of X.PLY
  • NEW: Complete fine-tuning of all sizes for improved performance and balanced handling
  • NEW: Extremely sturdy, unbreakable epoxy battens
  • NEW: 150 grams lower weight due to WEIGHT.OPTIMIZED.PANEL-LAYOUT 
  • NEW: 5.3 and 5.6 are designed around the RDM400 mast now
  • PURE.PATCH.TECHNOLOGY at the clew, luff and the batten pocket ends make for 50% weight savings compared to regular patches
  • iBUMPER, the most advanced and effective molded mast protector
  • BALANCED.LUFF.LENGTH luff as short as possible for radical handling and as long as necessary for maximum wind range
  • Exclusively designed for RDM masts
  • Warranty: 2 year conditional >> for addional 3 years warranty: register

To secure the extended warranty claims please register within 30 days under  (except grip)
Otherwise just the legal warranty period can be granted!





  • 3,0 / 3,4 / 3,7 / 4,0 / 4,2 / 4,5 / 4,7 / 5,0 / 5,3 / 5,6 / 5,8 qm
  • at option








Or how to achieve a reasonable wind range on a 4 batten sail?

The secret is to generate the ideal balance between elasticity and stability. For a better understanding here comes a little sail theory. The following factors make for stability (resulting in greater wind range) in a rig:

  • Amount of battens: the more battens, the more control you get but the stiffer and heavier the rig becomes
  • Mast geometry: SDM-masts are stiffer but also less elastic than RDM masts
  • Mast length: the shorter the mast, the softer it is

With the trend of manoeuvre sails away from SDM- towards RDM-masts the sails have become much more elastic but also less stable. Reducing the amount of battens further increases the elasticity. Now if you also try to reduce the luff length as much as possible (= shortest + softest possible mast) the overall structure simply becomes too soft. The result is a super elastic rig that feels nice just in the ideal wind range but simply collapses when powered up. Exactly here we have focused when developing the HERO and the new IDOL. Instead of following the trend towards the shortest possible luff length, risking loss of wind range Kai has worked with his proven BALANCED.LUFF.LENGTH concept: As short as possible for most radical throwability and as long as necessary to generate sufficient stability for maximum wind range.

Draft forward or pull on both hands

Which wave sail fits me best, my sailing style and my board? The latest (board-) developments make it necessary to offer more than one radical wave sail. To understand the differences, the fundamental aspects will be highlighted


When going down the line a single-fin wave board wants to be “carved” mainly over your front foot and the rail. This requires high speed, full commitment and a very high skill level. Also you need to stand quite upright over the rail during the bottom turn. Therefore you need a sail with a slightly higher draft position to “force” you into an upright position. In addition the sail needs to go completely neutral during the turn. To achieve this the draft is positioned quite far forward. As a result the sail develops nearly no pull on the backhand and remains completely unaffected when sheeting in or out. On the other hand such sails are more sophisticated to sail, as the sailor does not get back any “feedback” (e.g. when over-sheeting). Also you simply have less to “hold on to”.


With the trend moving towards multi-fin wave boards the down the line surfing style has remarkably changed. In contrary to single-fin wave boards, multi-fin wave boards don’t get “carved” over the rail but instead get much more turned through the fins. The angular momentum for the bottom turn is now initiated through sheeting in your sail. To do this you need a sail that gives the rider a certain “feedback” triggering the turn. This means a sail with a draft position being further back and therefore pull on both hands.

This pull on both hands has further advantages: As an advantage this pull on both hands means you have something to “hold on to” giving you extra balance/stability (which also counts for flat water sailing on single-fin boards). Also you can rig one size smaller as the further draft back profile produces more low-end power. Another advantage of this new sailing style is that the bottom turn is initiated at much lower speeds which makes it much easier especially for entry level wave sailors. On the other hand pros now can surf much closer to the impact zone. During the bottom turn you do not have to stand upright over the rail anymore but can remain in a natural slightly tucked position. Therefore compared to the ICE our brand-new 4-batten wave sail HERO not only has a slightly further back- but also lower draft position, which helps the high-end control.


VOLT pronounced loose leech (= high downhaul tension) plus draft forward

1. Improved high-end control and maximum speed
2. Sail feels lighter in your hands
3. Ideal for single fin


HERO medium loose leech plus draft back

1. Improved planing power
2. Solid feedback, less nervousness
3. Ideal for multi-fin boards in the waves



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