The Slayer is a 4 batten specialist wave riding sail.
The Slayer was born for wave sailing and riding. It is quite unique with a morphing seam shape through the range, with each size up, seam shape increases slightly to allow you to take a smaller big size. Where the smaller sizes are flatter to handle high winds better. Seam shape increases the windrange, it gives more low end power but also stabilizes the shape at the top end. The dacron luff panel and PVC window gives a softer feel with the ability to go neutral allowing the rider to concentrate on the wave and not the sail. The aspect ratio has been increased on the bigger sizes to keep the boom shorter and gives more room to maneouvre the sail, allowing to make tighter turns (which was actually commented on a number of times) and get closer to the lip. Higher aspect foils are more efficient so also that helps to use a smaller bigger sail.
And as you would expect from Witchcraft, the sail is built to handle getting washed by waves, without ripping or overstretching and loosing it´s crisp feel. A well built sail that keeps it´s shape feels lighter than a physical light sail that is over stretched.
The Slayer is best paired with the more dedicated wave boards like our Wave, Haka or Reaper or similar boards from other brands.
Windsurf Journal (Germany) on the Slayer 5.0 2017:
“The rigging range of the Slayer is very variable, it always requires some downhaul but it can be sailed pretty full but also flatter. The deep shape gives the Slayer a lot of drive to get planing early. It´s softer character helps when sailing through chop or also bigger waves. The control at the top end is wunderfull in the flatter setting but it likes to be adjusted at the boom a bit as well, then it can deliver a lot of fun for demanding sailors. It can be leaned into the turn quickly, offers drive but also can be neutralised.”
“Summary: The Slayer is a really successful sail, which can claim to be included in the elite circle of the absolute allround capable 4 batten sails. Even if the Slayer does not reach absolute top results because of its slightly higher weight. But this robust sail is probably still looking better after 10 years of full sunshine than many high-tech sail after 3 months at the North Sea”
Boardseeker test: “the Slayer is a sail that is one of the most ‘forgettable’ in the hands wave sails we have ever used for riding. And that’s a good thing. The windier, rougher and more gusty conditions got, the more it became apparent just how smooth the Slayer was and how much it ironed things out. It has an uncanny ability to ‘numb down’ the conditions when wave riding. It just seems to get rid of the wind and smooth everything out when other sails would have a bit of a fight going on. This is the absolute strength of this sail. Whether you are learning to wave ride and want a sail with impeccable manors to allow you to focus just on the board and the wave or whether you are an advanced wave rider who wants freedom from the rig to surf the conditions, the Slayer is without doubt one of the best sails we have ever used”
” Impressively effortless, light, smooth and ‘forgettable’ on the wave.”
(Note: We have the strong impression that the tester at Boardseeker never used it in it´s low end setting)
Tested in heavy shorebreaks!
|size||luff*||Recommended Broomstick||Alternative Broomstick or constant flex mast||boom*||weight*||R.R.P.|
|3,7||365-367 (vario)||370 base + 340 top||370||140-147||3,25||674 €|
|4,0||374-376||370 base + 340 top||370||142-149||3,30||686 €|
|4,5||404-406||400 base + 370 top||400||148-157||3,45||702 €|
|5,2||429.5-432||430 base + 400 top||400||164-172||3,70||738 €|
*no garantee of accuracy