5.000 Easy-Uphauls have been sold in North
America and Japan so far, another 500 have been sold in other countries via the internet.
While the Easy-Uphaul is well known in the United States, Europe offers huge
potential for the (patented) product. The Easy-Uphaul is used by an increasing
number of athletes/racers in both Olympic Class and Formula Windsurfing. And, as we found
out very soon, appreciated almost wherever windsurfing novices uphaul a sail using the
increasingly popular tool.
How to get started. Before you can use your Easy-Uphaul you just have to fix
the top rope to your boom and the elastic cord to the base of your mast. Finally you only
have to adjust the length of the Easy-Uphaul using the buckle, in order to perfectly
fit your height and the height of your boom. Why is this so important? If your
Easy-Uphaul is set too short, you will feel that you are going to fall into your sail. If
it's set too long, you will lean back and ... absolutely nothing will happen. Once
attached to your boom, the Easy-Uphaul is ready for future use on the water!
Your sail is now in the water - in downwind position (as
shown in the photos below). You are standing on the board with the wind at your back. Grab
the nylon webbing, stretch it towards you and put the white loop over your harness hook
it will be much easier if you bend your knees. Then lean back. If
your Easy-Uphaul is set correctly you begin in a comfortable, leaning back posture, and as
you continue to lean back you can watch your sail rise without effort. Note: The
Easy-Uphaul works with seat, waist and chest harnesses! And another good news: No need to
pay attention how to get the Easy-Uphaul off your harness. It falls off your harness hook,
as soon as the mast comes up.
Summary: The Easy-Uphaul is an easy-to-use addition to every windgirls'
equipment bag. It saves power and frustration, especially for beginners and racers with
big, heavy sails. The Easy-Uphaul is the servo-steering for our sails. We
highly recommend it.