Wind at last! Fanged up to Orewa and was greeted with a steady wind and some waves. It was perfect conditions to test my 5.3 Severne Blade Pro which I picked up second hand from Heidi.
It rigged sweet on 400 RDM with 28cm extension and I set it quite flat for the powered up conditions. As soon as I took off I could feel this sail was different... It is amazingly light and the more I sailed it the more I liked it. It is not like any sail I have had before and feels different to the standard Severne Blades. It doesn't luff - it's like a 3D printed foil and the leech doesn't flutter even though I had a fair bit of downhaul on. It doesn't seem to get overpowered - just goes faster. It is so stable - at the top end it just gives accelerates and gives only a slight bit of extra back hand pressure - at the bottom end it just seems to quickly generate lift. It is like being towed around by some omnipresent force rather than a sail! Awesome sail! I reckon Severne are on to something :-)
I also tweaked the fin set up on the Black Box by trying out a 16cm K4 Flex in the rear which is upsized from the 14cm combined with the 2x 12cm @2-degrees side fins to run it as a 2+1 tri fin. The larger rear fin really added a lot more drive which was what I felt has been missing in the BB and took away some of the skateyness, as it is basically designed as a twinzer, and it added more speed but made the gybing less loose and more rail driven. It really changed how the board worked and I really liked the extra drive and speed for jumping and for backside hacks. I love trying out different fin set ups and learning how it changes the feel and performance of the board.