2022 North Nova Wing
Balanced and reactive, the new Nova Wing feels lighter in your hands. It generates more forward drive and upwind performance than anything you’ve ever ridden. At the heart of the Nova design is a super-stiff frame for power and efficiency, enabling instant take-offs and a massive wind range. Intuitive transitions. Comfortable ergonomic handling. For 2022 the Nova has a revised compact outline with shorter wingspan and less curve. This improves the power delivery, makes the wing easier to handle and reduces tip-strike. Improved tensioning and a deeper, more powerful profile boost low-end performance and contribute to the expanded wind range. Power delivery is progressive throughout the size range, with smooth and steady high-end stability in the 5m and under. The new rigid handle design with comfort grip enables more intuitive hand positioning, micro-trimming and more immediate control. Whether your focus is on the flow of freeride carving, riding open ocean waves or freestyle trickery, the Nova Wing will help you make the most your local conditions. Load up. Ride longer.
2022 North Nova Features
- New compact outline for balanced handling and reduced tip-strike
- Strong upwind ability
- New rigid GripLock microtrimming control handles for more immediate and direct adjustment
- Expanded wind range for low-end performance and high-end stability
- Extremely efficient power delivery and smooth
- steady ride
- 6/7m lower aspect ratio and wingtip curvature improves tip-strike recovery
- New 1.9m for lighter riders and skateboard sessions
- GeoStrut exoskeleton for a stiffer frame with comfortable ergonomic geometry
- New stiffer XL T-Joint - no wasted energy
- Dual HyperFlow rapid inflation and 4-point bladder lock
- Durable high performance Dacron frame and N-HTRS canopy for clean load distribution
- LiteVision XS window panels for a safer riding experience
- Kevlar strut connection with a tight and accurate fit
- DuraLite STPU scuff protection on wing tips and seams
2022 North Nova Technology
NEW COMPACT OUTLINE
Lighter feeling and easier to handle in all conditions, the 2022 Nova has a reduced chord length and a shorter wingspan.
This improves the upwind ability and overall balance of the wing, eliminating any tendency to nosedive, and reducing tip-strike. In the 6m/7m lightwind-optimised sizes, the revised outline is flatter through the centre with more curvature out toward the tips.
NEW RIGID HANDLES
Radically transform the way you ride with increased control and reduced hand-fatigue. New rigid GripLock micro trimming control handles offer a faster, more immediate, and more direct balance adjustment.
The two longer rigid handle bars are wrapped in a soft EVA comfort grip, letting you slide your hands into optimum trim positions so you can instantly control the wing’s pitch, yaw and roll, while keeping your body positioned perfectly over the foil. More freedom in your hand placement allows you to choose the best feel based on the conditions, your arm length and your body size, and makes transitions more intuitive.
EXPANDED WIND RANGE
The Nova has a massive wind range, with both low-end performance and high-end stability.
In the larger 6m/7m sizes when the wind is lighter and you’re looking for more power, North effectively sheeted the wing in, tightened the canopy and made the frame more rigid. North also created a more even distribution of profile thickness from the strut to the tips, so the tips are more powered up. The wingspan is minimised, making it easier to handle and giving you the ability to get up on the foil when the wind is super-light.
SMOOTH HIGH-END STABILITY
In the smaller sizes (2.5m-5m), the Nova is extremely efficient at transferring wind power into forward drive and features a linear power delivery throughout the entire wind range.
The Nova is neutrally balanced with a flared-out profile toward the wingtips. This makes it smoother and steadier to ride, and more controllable in powerful gusts.
NEW TIP-STRIKE RECOVERY
The lower aspect ratio and compact outline means you're less likely to catch a wingtip in the water.
In the 6/7m North added curvature to the wingtip so that if you do touch the water, only a small part of the wing tip will make contact. This creates less drag when the tips touch the water, improving your chance of recovery.
NEW 1.9m FOR LIGHTER RIDERS
Ideal for sharing the stoke, North's smallest Nova is designed for lighter riders and kids (under 50kg/110lbs). Being so small, this wing is already depowered. So, North gave it a more natural angle of attach, enabling lighter riders to wing comfortably in any conditions.
The controlled curvature of the exoskeleton increases stiffness and performance, creating a more stable center profile that can still depower and produce less lift when you're towing the wing behind you riding in waves.
The concave side of the curve creates a stiffer frame, so there is less deflection and deformation in flight. The strut geometry also makes the wing more ergonomic and comfortable, so you're in a more natural position when sheeted in.
EFFICIENT ENERGY TRANSFER
The new stiffer XL T-Joint creates a more efficient energy-transfer while pumping the wing, without distortion in the frame. More rigid performance. No wasted energy.
The XL T-Joint is the structural frame joining the leading edge and strut in the shape of the letter T. The connection has an extra-large diameter for optimum stiffness, enabling a lightweight, direct connection to the canopy.
DUAL HYPERFLOW AND 4-POINT BLADDER LOCK
Double speed, high volume single point inflation system with a larger diameter inlet/outlet hose for rapid inflation and deflation. The two connections also help to prevent bladder migration while deflated or during transport.
Bayonet style main inflation valve compatible with most pumps. No adapter needed. Two HyperFlow Inflation hoses on each side of the strut provide twice the rate of airflow on deflation and inflation. The two connections lock the left and right sides of the strut bladder in place, providing support on both sides of the strut where the bladder is attached. The bladder is also held into place by lines at the top and bottom of the strut tied off to some webbing.
DURABLE DACRON FRAME AND N-HTRS CANOPY
Chasing a stiffer rig, North used an ultra-strong high tenacity Dacron for the inflated structures, resulting in less deflection and movement and a stiffer overall frame during flight.
The lower stretch material keeps the shape clean and undisturbed under load. North also built stiffness into the design through the load distribution on the frame when in use. The Nova canopy is constructed using North High Tenacity Ripstop (N-HTRS) polyester yarn canopy material for lightness, high tear strength and longevity.
Safer XS window panels improve the rider's field of vision - allowing you to see what's downwind of you before transitions.
The windows are positioned in exactly the right place for a safer riding experience, without adding unnecessary weight and complexity to the design.
KEVLAR STRUT CONNECTION
A biaxial kevlar (aramid) fibre layer provides internal strength and reinforcement to the connection between strut and leading edge. It is bias cut, so it can flex around the curvature of the strut, with a tight and accurate fit.
Durable STPU scuff protection on the wing tips and seams, with wingtip reinforcement for added longevity.
Constructed without exposed stitching that could wear out with abrasion, the Kevlar reinforcement provides maximum scuff protection on the corner of the wing, especially when used on land.