Monday, October 3, 2016

New Severne Kit and a Comment about the new iSonics

Sorry for the long break but I have been having computer problems.  Anyway – all is back in working order now so here is the post about some Severne stuff and a comment or two regarding the new iSonics from Starboard.


Severne have taken two models from 2016 and combined the best characteristics of both to create a new super blasting sail.  Great work from the masters.  The new Turbo GT combines aspects of the old Turbo with the Unit I wrote about some time ago.
On paper the 2017 Turbo GT is is one great machine for the non-racing blaster.  It is light, forgiving and promises to be really fast.  All things we enjoy.

My belief is that Severne discovered something when developing the Unit – they opened a door to new possibilities for improved stability by moving the power down and forward in the sail and this is what they are offering.  The Turbo GT is one sail I would dearly like to be trying in the new season.
You will no-doubt have seen these shots on the Severne website.

A fine looking machine and I note from the specs that they increase the number of battens and cams as the sizes increase.  Very cool.  They have not posted dimensions and weights but please keep an eye on the site for these.

One nice thing with these pictures and those showing the new Gators, is the inclusion of the Fox blasting board.  It looks absolutely perfect on the water (imo).  Where the guys are jumping we catch a glimpse of the fins the boards will come with.  They too look like proper equipment (you may not need to buy after-market fins – bargain!)

The new Gators look great as well:

No annoying overhanging batten!

The Convert is a sail I would usually ignore (disliking “intermediate” equipment as I do) but I will bet that this iteration is faster and more stable than any of us thinks.  

The Dacron panel is a master stroke allowing the foil to breathe slightly for increased comfort and as we keep saying “comfort = speed”.  If you believe that Dacron is an old redundant material just go to the Hot Sails Maui site and see the awesome products Jeff Henderson makes with the stuff.

I wonder where this particular venue is.  Cross shore winds, clear, warm water, nice accommodation and plenty of shade for equipment between sets.  I want to live there!

Speaking of the Fox, here are some perspectives I had not seen before:

What more can one say.  Perfection!


The new iSonic shapes look great as usual.  This season they offer the boards in UltraCore Reflex which results in some crazy light weights.  

They have rounded out the tails of the larger slalom sizes to give more power – a good thing in my opinion.  

The previous 114 (my favorite) remains unchanged and has become the new 117.  They felt that adding a rounded tail would over-do the power for this size.  

Incidentally, the light version of this board comes in at 6.3kg.  Awesome for a board of this size.  

Nice work SB!

Talk to you soon


  1. Hi Phil--the spot in the picture is Le Morne, on Mauritius, inside the infamous One Eye reef. Definitely a great spot to sail, and a nice island to visit. c

    1. Thanks Chris
      I thought that it might be Le Morne - I once stayed on the other side from where the shots were taken. The reason I excluded Mauritius in my mind is because Aussies have so many great spots of their own - why come to Mauritius? Anyway - I learned something here. Another good reason to re-visit Mauritius.

  2. Its been about 3 1/2 years since I started windsurfing - initially on a quiver of converts. Since then I have moved on to more advanced sails from the Severne line-up but still revert to Converts from time to time and remain stoked about their lightness, versatility and the price:durability of these sails.

    Which is why - and as fine machines they are - I wouldn't go for Gators. I would recommend anybody starting windsurfing today, to start out with Converts and work hard to nail every core skill :tacks, gybes both planning and non-planning, chop hops, beach and water starts and even a select number of freestyle moves that are basic extensions of these (body drags, 360s etc).

    Then I would recommend moving directly to dedicated apparatus: Turbos/NCX for blasting or Blades to operate in more confused waters - the norm of my homespot: Gallipoli.

    I feel the Gator is both pricey and a "jack of all trades master of none"...Once you start gaining core competency progress tends to be very swift (depending on how much dedication and hardwork you put in) and thus one may find the Gators to be somewhat 'soft' after a while.

    Incidentally I hear quite often on how innovative the Severne Unit is...except Naish made a similar sail, the Super Moto, now discontinued for some odd reason.