Gaastra Poison 4,2m 2012 κίτρινο-μαύρο.
ON THE WATER (Boardseeker magazine)
The Gaastra is a powerful sail. The pull point is slightly (and intentionally) back-handed, but with a very controlled back-hand power. At the top end it remains perfectly controlled and very stable – it’s just that there’s a lot of power to deal with. Nevertheless, for such a powerful sail it’s surprising how light it remains in the hands and how manoeuvrable it feels.
On the wave the Poison has plenty of power when you need it, but is well balanced, light and able to depower surprisingly well when required.
The downside to this is in very light winds, where the absolute bottom end power (to get you moving and onto the plane) isn’t quite as good as some. The Poison almost feels quite forward pulling and flat until the sail powers up a bit, and then the power arrives on the back hand. From that point onwards there’s plenty of power on tap – it just needs the sail to fill to turn it on. Of course this characteristic is what makes it remain manoeuvrable and easy to depower on the wave and through manoeuvres. It also makes it good for moves such as forwards, where despite having a backhanded sail you can actually get the power further forward when needed (by depowering the sail).
Despite having plenty of power, once filled out the Poison actually has quite a soft and forgiving power delivery, ensuring that you won’t be pulled off your feet every time a gust hits or you sheet in. The foil itself is a little firmer than most, while we would generally describe the sail as being quite ‘grunty’ with a slightly rearward pull position.
The Gaastra Poison is a super-nice power wave sail with a fairly unique trait of being quite a forward pulling sail when it isn’t loaded, and a more rearward pulling sail (and very stable) once loaded up. The advantage of this is that you have all the power and reassurance associated with a more back-handed pull position, but much better manoeuvrability and ability to depower when required. The downside is not quite as much power and drive until the sail fills out properly. Overall the Poison was one of the most manoeuvre orientated of the real power wave sails.