- 19 February 2009 | Windsurfing
Josh Angulo returns the Cabo Verde crown to its homeland after defeating Kauli Seadi twice in the double elimination.
Day five of competition saw the Ponta Preta reef switch back on, delivering a seemingly endless supply of huge sets, coupled with hammering 25 knot wind to finish up the double elimination in style.
Seizing the opportunity to compete in the classic Cabo Verde conditions, the wave fleet hit the water bright and early at 8.45am to pick up the action at heat 38, where it had left off previously.
The second round of the double elimination saw some stand out performances from the likes of: Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC), who stepped his riding up to another level to advance. Camille Juban (Gun Sails / MFC), whose super vertical attacks on the wave were both impressive and technically brilliant, and Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde), who had far and away the fewest waves of the event and still managed to advance thanks to consistent excellence on the wave.
Entering the third round of the double elimination, mounting pressure meant that the sailors had to pull out all the stops to stand a chance of making it through the heats. Trips to the rocks became all too frequent, and the magnitude of crashes went through the roof.
Stamping their names on round three were Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra), who took the lions share of the waves on offer, and somehow was always in the right place at the right time. Similarly, Marcilio Browne (North / Fanatic) dug deep into his bag of tricks to execute some amazingly tight turns and super vertical cut backs that his rivals simply couldn’t match.
Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) brought his unique flare and out-and-out attitude to his heat, which saw risk be rewarded with a highly credible pass through to the next round. Joining him was Moroccan Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard / Severne / MFC), who fended off tough opposition with some floaty aerials and late smacks that outclassed his rivals.
Entering a four way standoff with only two positions available in the next round, Williams, Guilloul, Browne and Traversa went to blows in barreling mast high waves and forever increasing wind.
- 18 February 2009 | Windsurfing
Offshore wind put a halt to the double elimination’s progress on day four. While competition was on hold we pinned down Josh Angulo to quiz him on the Cabo Verde World Cup, Angulo boards and more…
PWA: You’re the man behind the Cabo Verde PWA World Cup; can you give us an idea of how much work goes into putting on a competition like this?
JA: “Well the event’s primarily run by the government, but my brother-in-law, myself, and one of my companies here in Sal are the international force behind the event. We put an unbelievable amount of work into it, which we’re starting to see the fruits of this year with things like the beach football championships, and the massive event tent. Ultimately, the realization of this event is a testament to the Cabo Verdean peoples’ attitudes, strengths, and the union as a country and group of people. Even in difficult times everyone came together at the right time to help make this amazing event happen.”
PWA: The event seems to be growing every year, what’s new for 2009?
JA: “There’s a whole bunch of new stuff for 2009. This is the first year we’ve had the event tent. It’s 1200 square meters, and the very first of its type in our country, so the very first time this tent has ever been used is for the World Cup, and now the Island will have access to it for numerous other events like the big music festivals out here. I’m also psyched to have a better judges’ stand and sailors’ area. Also we have Roberto Hoffman out here commentating on all the action in three different languages. There’s also a dedicated event website, and numerous smaller measures the people don’t really see, but all go towards making the event that much better.”
PWA: The local guys seem to be ripping, how much windsurfing talent is there on the island?
JA: “Well if you have a look at the guys here, the current kite boarding World Champion is born and raised here in Santa Maria, he’s also competed in the windsurfing for the last two years. A lot of the guys are getting into kiting, windsurfing, surfing, body boarding…they are a really multi-talented group of people. The talent pool runs so deep, and as the infrastructure grows they’ll be more sails, boards and equipment for people to learn on.”
- 18 February 2009 | Windsurfing
There's a new kid on the block; the airborne Pozo local Dario Ojeda E211 just joined the Simmer squad.
The young Spaniard didn't get off to an smooth start, when arriving at Cabo Verde for the PWA event he had some passport dramas and got put straight in jail, without passing go.
"To make a long story short, they locked me up in Praia police cell for one day before the Spanish embassy sent through all the necessary paper work and they could let me out to Sal. It was a frustrating time but now its all good and I'm amped to be here," Dario reveals.
"I am really happy to be part of the Simmer team. I've been on the Mission X here at Cabo Verde and also before home in Pozo, it suits my style of sailing perfectly! I am stoked to be working with Tomas Persson, with the Simmer team and also with my close friend and travel mate Jonas Ceballos E40. After Cabo Verde I'm going to the Fuerte Wave Classic for some more action. It's going to be a awesome year," Dario finishes off.
Chief Designer, Tomas Persson on Dario:
"Dario has a great knowledge and understanding of modern windsurfing. He is perfect for our team. His radical and explosive style together with his excellent product understanding makes him a valuable asset in our r&d program."
Simmer team captain Kai Katchadourian on Dario:
"Dario will bring some fire to this team straight away. You don't get much more fire than with Dario. It sure shows on the water. He is clearly one of the main players at Pozo along with his close friend Jonas Ceballos, and its also clear that he intends to shake it up wherever else he sails. The fact that he is a really well rounded sailor is why we signed him."
Source: Simmer Style