In the latest events of PWA riders changing sponsors Kurosh Kiani leftSimmer and Fanatic to join his old sponsors Angulo and Point-7.
Words from Kurosh:
“First and mostly, I would very much like to send a big thanks to Simmer Style for being there for me from the beginning. I will be always grateful for their support not to mention the great people behind it I´ve become friends with. And of course a thanks to Fanatic for taking me on for a couple of years. But its times of change, lots of things have been re-structured, and ultimately I have brought my life closer to friends and family with this sponsor change. I even changed my sail number and will be rocking D83 in the future!. I have been riding for both Angulo Boards and Point-7 before and have great relationships with both Josh Angulo whom I have learned so much from and also Andrea Cucchi. I was one of the first “black team” riders back in the day when Andrea took me in and I stayed with him on Sardinia for a whole winter. Back then it was pretty much just him and I, today is a different story. We always have great battles out on the water and I look forward to kicking his ass this year!
I feel really at peace with coming back to Angulo Boards because they are a personality brand, and they support my visions to give me the space in my mind to evolve. Even though we parted ways back in 2012, Josh and I actually stayed good friends and I believe our friendship actually strengthened, and now with Pieter involved, I know I have the backbone and support along with Point-7 to pursue my goals and kick some ass! Last but not least I embark on a great upcoming time together with my friend Christian in Denmark as we have started up the company Gear Direct which is going to take over distribution of both Angulo Boards and Point-7 in Denmark and expanding with SUP´s and other products we think are great!”
Kurosh will be representing Angulo Boards and Point-7 on the PWA world tour along with his other sponsors, Doppstadt and Maui Ultra Fins in the 2014 season.
Ricardo Campello rapresents the top expression as an athlete in the sport of windsurfing. 3 times world champion in Freestyling and 2 times vice world champion in waves. Ricardo has now chosen Point-7.
Ricardo Campello made news after he parted ways with long time sponsors JP and NeilPryde. The other day it was announced he was riding Patrik Boards. Now he has signed with the Point-7 Black Team.
New year , new Gear , My Final new toys will be Patrik boards Point 7 Sails and Powerex Windsurfing , thank you all for the motivation and I hope I can finally realize my dream with my new Equipment! I will do my best to improve everything I can!! super Happy with my new Sponsors Im more motivated then ever!! Change is good!! – RC
We are often seen as a slalom oriented brand due to the results we have obtained from the beggining of our brand. Ricardo has chosen us for our wave products, proving that our wave range is ready to prove the same as we did in slalom. We have 3, 4, 5 batten wave sails so there is a lot to choose from, for everyones different needs. We chose Ricardo as our top team rider as he is not only a multiple world PWA Champion, but also an icon in our sport. He fits with us, as he goes over the limits. If some are trying the double forward, he is already thinking and trying the tripple. If Ricardo needs to go to Canaries, Sylt, Maui,.. anywhere he is prepared and can fight to win the title in any conditions. He is know in the world and our product is distributed all around the world, so a great amabassador. Ricardo is a mature professional rider, who has experience not only for obtaining the winning results but also to start new projects with our brand. – Point-7
Read the full interview with Ricardo Campello from Point-7.
Point-7 are taking a revolutionary step in terms of the International Team concept. From Jan 15 to mid-April 2013 the entire Black Team came to the island of Tenerife to train together as a whole team. The team was training together off the water, racing together on the water, tuning their equipment together, working with the designers on new developments, motivating and helping each other, having fun and most importantly, taking real advantage of being a Team working towards a common goal…better results, better equipment and creating a true team spirit!
In this short video you can see how the Team enjoyed this time in El Medano, the place good for slalom, wave and freestyle! You can see Andrea Cucchi, Adam Lewis, Nicolas Akagazciyan, Martin Ten Hoeve, Maciek Rutkowski, Alberto Menegatti, Pascal Toselli, Greta Benvenuti and others!
Josh Angulo and Point-7 recently departed ways so Point-7 could open sponsorship money up to younger team members. Point-7’s International team consitintley generated top 10 results over the last season in all disiciplines of the PWA tour. Windsurfing is very much an individual sport with Point-7 goal to change the training dynamic, and have welcomed 5 new riders aboard who will join the team in Tenerife from mid January until the end of April, to work together in improving their skills, tuning their gear, and develop new ideas.
The five new riders welcomed are:
Maciek Rutkowski – POL 23 – Maciek was first seen on the Formula race fields at a very young age. He is the youngest slalom sailor doing the whole PWA tour and is currently ranked on the 27th place overall.
Alberto Menegatti – ITA 4 – Logistically Alberto is based in the same area as the Point-7 HQ in Italy. Alberto Menegatti “I tried the sails, and I was immediately impressed with their performance. The idea of working together with all the Point-7 team, and directly day after day with Andrea in Garda made me sure that this was the right path!”
Bora Kazanoglu – TUR 11 – is multiple Turkish Champion and at times he takes part in PWA events, and currently leads the IFCA Slalom ranking. Bora also own and run an extremely well organized windsurfing school in Alacati.
Enrico Marotti – CRO 401 – Poiont-7 says, “Enrico had impressed with his speed during his first PWA tour race in Turkey in 2012, and we were happy to take him in the Black Team and give him the team support that is needed get him the experience.”
Bruno Martini – ITA 160 -Seriously dedicated, Bruno is another young Italian Slalom sailor, who is very motivated to improve his skills on the race course.
After just one season with Point-7, and finishing 6th in the PWA Slalom rankings, Josh Angulo has announced he will be departing from Point-7 and the Black Team. This is Josh’s 4th change in 5 years, having most recently left Gun Sails. In an interview on ContinentSeven Josh said “From my understanding, the team budget they do have is preferred to be spent on a younger team. I believe they have some new “young guns” that they will by announcing soon that have joined the team.” So it sounds like money the major factor.
We are unsure whether we will see Josh return to the PWA tour in 2013, but a good chance we will see him at a few contests, when asked of his plans he stated, “It’s hard to get rid of that “competition bug”.”
Josh is a very busy guy, becoming to father to his 3rd child, a recent move to Boston, flying back and forth from Cape Verder to the US, and running the Angulo production board brand.
You can read the full interview with Josh over at ContentSeven.
The Point-7 team continues to gain strength in all disciplines. They 3 of Black Team riders inside the Top 10 overall PWA World Rankings. Josh Angulo and Pascal Toselli in the slalom and Nicolas Akgazcyian in the freestyle.
Enjoy this wrap-up video they shot in Fuerteventura during the PWA World Cup featuring all of their riders.
Josh Angulo, multiple time World Champion in windsurfing, joined the Point-7 Black Team in 2012 for the slalom tour. In this short video, Josh talks about finding his passion again for windsurfing and his motivation to climb the rankings once again.
Shot on location during the PWA World Cup events in Ulsan, South Korea and Costa Brava, Spain.