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Shaped with PASSION, built to last!

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We at Angulo are all passionate windsurfers that sail hard and a lot, we believe boards should withstand the heaviest use. Having a construction that you can count on is our mission.

The ultimate test for windsurfing products is a windsurfing center. So TWS “Tenerife Windsurfing Solutions” is located on Tenerife, where there is wind all year long. They support our products amongst many other brands. The use of these products in a location like this one will put their durability to the test.

This is what they had to say about our products and the durability of them.

“At our test- and rental centre, Tenerife Windsurf Solution, in El Medano Tenerife we are stocked with the premium models of eight board brands and seven sail brands. With more then 250 scalable days per year we put all the gear really to the test. Over the years and with the evolution of the products we have become experts in raring brands / products on their durability. Angulo boards is in terms of durability and bomb proof construction top notch; strongly build and therefore resisting our ,sometimes brutal, conditions. In terms of price vs durability the Angulo boards really stand out.
Most European windsurfers sail much less then 250 days per year on the water so I am sure that the boards will last for many years as they stay in perfect condition with us. And most important; they windsurf really nice! Based on our experiences I can really endorse the Angulo brand. ”

A Surfa 8’8″ Testimony

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I just wanted to send you a simple THANK YOU.

RECENTLY BOUGHT AN 8’8″ SURFA  and after 4 sessions I cannot believe how easy the board is to ride.

I’ve gone from a guy worrying about all the things I have to do right to make the board perform to a guy that just surfs.

THANK YOU.

Furthermore, I cannot get the board to pearl, to the point that I’m really pushing my luck to make it happen.

45+ years of shaping shows.

I am hoping that you will be creating a lower volume board soon so that guys like me who are becoming better surfers because of your shapes can continue to grow.

See the product details of the Surfa line-up below.

http://anguloboards.com/products/sup-boards/surfa/

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Pieter Bijl’s Defi Wind report

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The opening day of the Defi Wind 2015 started calm but with forecast that promises a lot of wind. We have promotion booth here with with our shop in Leucate “We Ride” who sells Angulo Boards and KA Sails, so we are sharing the both between those brands as well as PC2. So as there is plenty of time and no wind yet I first set up the booth, catch up with some people and register for the actual race. My request licra #0 became a reality and now I’m ready to race.
The whole French Angulo team is here, so there is some time to catch up. Also one of our Dutch team rider Milan Gielingh. He is our youngest team rider, but he seems ready to race.
The skippers meeting is well organized as it should be, large LCD screen to help explain the situation and a big safety briefing! Safety here is something pretty incredible. You have to imagine 1200 people going on the water with wind forecasted to be gusting over 40 knots today! The wind here is straight offshore, so if you have something you’ll be drifting out toward to Tunisia pretty quickly. So there are plenty of boats and jet ski’s to try to keep everyone safe. Also there is a line of bouys on the outside that you can cling onto in case of trouble.
Then at about 15.30 they give the 1 hour warning sign before the start. The wind had picked up to gusts over 40 knots and was by now filled in over the whole course. People where running around trying to find the smallest sails possible, and so was I.
At first I was thinking how bad can it be and went out on the Gun Sails GSR 6.3 and Magnum 95. Manageable, but not realistic so I opted for the 5.6 that is much easier to handle in the high wind. Having to race 40 Km’s I thought it’s better to go for comfort.
I had a good start and by now the wind was constant 40 knots so even the 5.6 was a little hard to handle trough the gusts and specially in chop. So I tried to get the beach ASAP and enjoy some of the flatter water. Pushing hard to get upwind I could for sure feel the back leg burning after about 6 Km of pure over powered grinding into that Tramontane. Getting to the beach a lot of guys where ahead of me, but now it was time for me to open up the gas and so I did. Getting to the first mark in about 30th or so I knew I had some work cut out for me. So getting right back under the beach and putting the power on for the next 8 KM to get to the second gibe in 5th showed that I had good speed. Not sure what boat to gybe I went to wrong one and lost a few places, coming around and going back on the other-side is a welcome change as the body really feels it being on one tack for that long. Getting back to beach and putting the power was bringing me closer to the top guys and I was hungry, a little to hungry as I simply ignored the buoys marking the sand bar thinking it would be deep enough. Well was I wrong. Catapult, into the river that is dumping all kinds of grass and lots of water I was now in a rapid, swimming after my gear that was getting taken away by the rushing water. Also my boom came of the mast in the crash, so finally getting to my gear and installing the boom before being able to proceed made me loose a lot of spots! I’m sure I was back in 40th somewhere. Now a little mad at myself for being stupid enough to ignore those signs I had to put the power on and catch as many people as I could. I fought hard for the next 12 km and made up a lot of spots. To finish 22 just behind a group of 5 guys, would I have been a little faster I could have controlled some more damage of my mistake but oh well it is only day one.
With the forecast being even wilder for the next days I’m not sure what they will do. Already today a few people had to be taken to the hospital, many people had to be rescued and some even lost their gear to just swim back to the beach to bring them self to safety! Also I don’t know how the big guys will handle more wind, if you see that guys like Finian Maynard, Pascal Tosseli and Anders Bringdal didn’t make it to the finish it will be interesting to see who will if the wind increases to be even stronger. It looks like this is the wind we will have all weekend long. So I might come home with longer arms then what I left with.

Day 2
Yes just when you thought it wouldn’t be possible the wind picked up. Not 5 knots but 25 knots. Yes 25 knots from 40 knots means a lot of wind. With gusts of up to 73 knots they choose to take it easy in the morning and let the wind wear it’s self out a little before sending us out there.
So when the wind dropped down to about 40 knots they called the hour announcement and moved forward with getting race 2 on the way. For the safety of sailors they choose to go for a shorter race, 20 km total and with reaches of only 5 km instead of 10. So the pain in the leg due to sailing on one tack for an extended amount of time where limited and we where able push much harder without the problem of fatigue.
Even though the race management advised those in doubt not to go out, most people did anyway. So with a full start I opted for a start in the middle of the line, this didn’t really work out as well as I hoped as the wind turned just before the start and allowed even the people at the bottom of the line (all the top guys are starting there) to get the beach without having to go upwind too much. However once I got along the beach I put the hammer down and started my overtaking race once again. Taking plenty of people on the way to the fist mark and rounding somewhere around the 30th place (I think, with so many people you don’t know this for sure.) On the way back it was super tight upwind. So I started to pinch upwind right from the start to try and avoid having to tack. This turned out to the best thing to do. I made the mark and moved from 30th into 10th place or so. On the way back to the far away mark it was nice. One big speed run along the beach. Opening it up to full speed for 5 km with a nice smooth run along the beach and this time no sandbar to avoid. It is a little tricky sometimes as here we already start to lap some people and people use the beach to take a rest. So hammering trough people hanging out and people sailing toward their first mark rounding means you need to stay very alert.
Coming around the outside mark, gybing in 8th and staying there till the finish.
Even though the wind was kind of gentle I was happy to finish and get back to the beach.
This would be it for today as the last person of this race only came in at around 17.00 hours and this was to late to get another one on the way. So we are spared of total destruction today!
Tomorrow is supposed to be another day with another race or maybe 2. We will see what the conditions will be. There will be wind and plenty of it, this is clear. The 5.6 is getting some good used and getting comfortable in that kind of wind makes you feel pretty good and will make the bigger sails easy to handle.

Day 3 was just as hard as the others, with winds of up to 60 knots we where in for some hard work. But the good thing is that it is becoming more normal now, this is taking out some of the nerves. So being cool as cucumber makes this stuff a lot easier.
We started the first race in the morning with the intention of doing 2 today. The wind was good not too strong yet (meaning not gusting over 50 knots). We where ready at 11 for a “short course” only 20 km. The unique thing about today is that we have a GPS challenge inside of the Defi Race “DunkerbeckGPSspeedchallenge“. So they are measuring the speed and creating a ranking within the race.
So we start and put the power on, I had a good start and pushing till after about 1km my front foot came out of the strap. OEPS> I got very wet, for a long time. With the whole field of 1200 behind me I got a little scared being in the water so waited to get back on the board till the pack had passed. Being down in about 300+ place the though of giving up crossed my mind. But then I realized I don’t give up and if I make myself mad I can come back a long way. Fought back hard and came all the way to 27th place. My overtaking race was a success, but in the process I completely forgot about the GPS ranking.
The afternoon race was canceled as the wind came up to over 60 knots and it was considered to dangerous.
I did hand in my GPS after the race to give the data to the www.gps-speedsurfing.com guys. Not thinking anything of it I was surprised that my social wine tasting in the evening was interrupted by Antoine who was coming to get my to go on the stage. What for I wasn’t sure.
I set the second fastest time during the race and got a nice award for it.
Some light celebrating was in place after this and so we did. Some good food and wine with awesome people to end the day and get back in bed for the last day that is looking promising as the wind should be a little lighter!!

Defi wind day 4.

For the last day of Defi wind it looked like the wind was finally dropping of a little, or so it seemed. Thanks to my crash from yesterday I had some damages on the 5.6 so this in combination with the seemingly lighter wind I thought it would be a good idea to go on the 6.3. Just as I’m sailing out to the start with too little time left to go and change down I realize that this wind is stronger then it seemed. I guess in the last few days we have been getting so used to extreme wind that just normal really strong wind didn’t see so windy anymore. Well I was wrong, we hit the start and get moving and I’m holding on for dear life again!

This time we where doing 2 laps on the long course. So I manage to handle the upwind to the beach. It was pretty slow but I got there and once I got there I could relax a little and make some speed as the water there is a little flatter and the board doesn’t want to fly as much as on the outside. Putting the power on in the flats while being careful to not get taken our by one of those surprise gusts. I managed to get the gybe mark but again I was a lot deeper then would ever want to be and the catch up started again. Luckely for me the wind was dropping a little so after the gybe I got back to the beach and started putting on the pressure and overtaking guys, some guys I didn’t know, but some good guys too that may have made the same call as me and where on to big gear.

Gybing the second jibe things where looking a lot more hopeful, I wasn’t so far down the ranking anymore and I was happy to moving forward giving me a little more of a boost. I knew the top spot where out of reach, but lets just see how far we could make it. With the wind getting a little lighter again I was able to relax every so often without having to slow down, but over taking guys get’s harder and harder to further to the front you get.

I managed to come back to 18th place and was happy with that. I believe I finished on the 20th place for the event. Also happy with that, knowing I made plenty of mistakes and considering the conditions where pretty heavy for the GS:R 5.6 and Magnum 95 I’m happy to have finished where I did. After every race I would come of the water exhausted but with a huge smile and full of positive energy, this event is just amazing and anyone who might be leaning toward doing this event. GO and do it, it is something you will remember for a lifetime!

I would like to give a shout out to the French Angulo team who really impressed me during this event.
But a Special Shout out to Milan who simple impressed all of us with his kindness and specially with his dedication to finish every race.

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Korea PWA event report

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Aloha to all, Just got back from Korea and flying to Boston brings me to the opposite side of the world , heading west , which equals tormenting jet-lag and some middle of the night time to reflect on the podium finish in Korea.

Every-time we head to Korea, you never know if you’ll get the normal thermal there which can produce some decent but quite gusty and shifty winds or the opposite way winds which sends out to sea and usually extremely bumpy with current. The one thing you do know is you need to be in your game as it’s usually a “quick hit” without much time to get “in the rythm” . THis year proved to be the typical thermal that comes through the valley and funnels a pretty shifty, gusty yet at times strong wind, making equipment choice and racing to be quite challenging.

Personally, as it’s the first event of the year, it’s pretty nerve-wracking as you really din’t know how your speed is gonna be amongst the flock of sailors and I’m always a bit nervous before I get that first heat under my belt. I fortunately was able to get through my first 2 heats, of the first round where I promptly made a bad equipment choice in the semifinals staying on my 8.7 although the wind had spiked up drastically. I could barely get around the course and was relegated to the loser’s final, so I quickly jumped on my 7.9 and threw a smaller fin in my 115 and felt a lot better. Before I headed out, I was still second guessing the conditions and asked Micah what I should do ( meaning 8.7 or 7.9 ? )…He just looked at me relaxed and said ” go win the loser’s final”. That was good advice and got me fired up and went on to get the losers-final victory which proved to be vital in getting the 3rd spot for the event ranking.

In the 2nd elimination, the wind dropped just a bit and I had what for years has been a really good combo for me .. my 8.7, medium board (Magnum 115) and Kashy 40. I had a decent start got to the first buoy in 3rd and managed to overtake a sailor on the next mark and worked hard to hold in to 2nd as I was pretty jacked on the GSR 8.7 and Magnum 115.

Although it was only 2 rounds. I think everybody was a bit tattered (tired) after sailing in those condition and at the end of the day when the results were tallied-up, the top 5 spots were all real close with me being in 3rd, winning a tie breaker with Ross Williams, who was the only other sailor to make 2 finals together with Antoine. Pierre Mortefon was 1.3 points ahead of me as he won a losers final and a final and thus we all headed into the last day with very tight points.

Although the last day started glassy and looked like we weren’t gonna race, it did pick up quite quick in the late afternoon and I needed to quickly get my head in the game that I still had work to do. I went through the motions and got everything tuned up. The wind was light and flukey and although we ran a few heats, the round never went off and the event was called off and we headed to the prize-giving quickly after packing up, then a few hours sleep and the 30 hr. travel back to Boston (being on 2 buses 3 planes and stopping in 5 airports)….It’s great to be home and once I get over this jet-lag and get back to normal, I’ll be ramping up the testing and training for Costa Brava and the rest of the season.

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Josh’s getting inform for the season

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Since I’ve been home from Tarifa there’s been some typical windy /gusty and light/gusty conditions that I often get at my home spot of Nahant. After a week of sailing with Pieter Bijl in Tarifa and finding the right mast set-ups and sail tuning, Ive been excited to get on the water with any chance possible just to make sure I’m getting some TOW ( time on water). April 22nd proved to be a whole different situation. I throw my 2 big sails in and my 7.9 ( just in case). When I got to the beach, it was sunny, solid surf and steady sideshore at 20-25 kts…. This rarely happens in my neighborhood, so I double checked my basment and I have zero waevsails in Boston. So here I am on the best wave day of the year rigging up my slalom gear, feeling like a total clown. Fortunatley, I had texted my buddy Antoine who brought me a 6.0 Torro and I got to enjoy the best day all year with 2 other windsurf bros and 4 kiters. When I moved to Nahant, I just knew it was by the ocean and close to Logan airport . Now after living there 4 years, I’ve figured out we have consistent wind, it’s the main kiting/ windsurfing beach in Boston and has killer surfing / sup’ing waves ( for Boston area;), so it’s an awesome blessing to get days like this in this part of the world and then drive 2 mins. to my house and family . Oh yeah, I did slalom sail as well, but it’s just hard to do when the surf is firing :)

Josh fired up the sail

Josh and Pieter test and tune it up in Tarifa.

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Just like last year, Josh and Pieter get together before the season. This in order to go push the limits of them selfs as well as the gear we use. Getting the perfect setup through tuning our gear is going to give Josh the performance advantage he needs to get the best results possible. These days the approach needs to be complete meaning; mentally, physically and emotionally everything needs be done right, but only with the best gear used in the set-up that maximizes performance completes the whole. We know Josh has everything it takes to get to the top spots, so now lets get the performance of his gear to the highest level and put the last piece to the puzzle. That last piece is going to be the crucial one, the one that is going to make it or break it. So that is what Pieter is here for, breaking down all the gear, then putting it back together with the utmost precision to ensure the best performance.

We meet in Portugal as Josh is coming in from Cabo Verde where he just finished organizing a festival and was busy scoring some waves while he was at it. Pieter being the truck driver he is, picks him up and continues onto Tarifa.

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Day 1


On day one the wind was extreme to say the least, so it was time to get the size that is hardest to set-up right out of the way. The 5.6 is an awesome base, good profile and awesome performance. However when the need is there to get on the 5.6 we are in the extreme of conditions and performance is nothing without control, comfort or confident. Confident meaning we need to know our gear is going to be there helping us when that massive gust hits us, or keep accelerating even though you might be in between gust. The strong winds is the hardest to get right and there is the biggest difference in wind strength. So having a sail set up to cover it all is KEY! After all the changing around we found the golden setup and had a successful 1st day wrapping up the 5.6 completely.

Finishing up for the day

Day 2


With the wind dropping down we get some time to check out a more important and more used size. A size that is hard to get right as it needs to cover a lot of variation of conditions. When using the 7.9 it can be flat but it can also be rough and choppy. In some of the locations we sail in the PWA tour when using the 7.9 it is often gusty so the sail needs to have range, meaning there is pickup when the wind is lighter, but it also needs to have the control through the gusts and be fast all over. It needs to have speed in Turkey where it’s flat, but it needs to be controllable in Fuerteventura and Costa Brava. So having the sail setup the best way it can it should cover all of these conditions in one set-up. The 7.9 Gun Sails GSR is an extremely good base so the tuning here was pretty easy and relatively quick.
With the new Angulo Magnum 115 that has a slightly adjusted bottom shape we find some more efficiency and lift in the low end, more acceleration into the gusts and more grip and drive through the gybes. So the small tweak on this board is a welcome increase in performance.

Day 3


Another day of good wind allows us to quickly confirm our findings from the previous day by double checking the final setup of the 7.9. So only a short trip to the beach where after we head back to the Gun Sails Loft that is located 15 minutes outside from Tarifa, where we spent some time with the Gun Sails designer Renato Morlotti taking about and understanding the current sail design.
Then we prepare our gear for the next day, get the big stuff all organized and in the van so that we can be ready early in the morning to go and try the big boards and sails. This is going to be needed as it looks like it will be the only day with light winds, so we want to be ready and take full advantage!

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Day 4

Yep, I guess we are getting lucky. Just getting the conditions we are looking for. At the beginning of the week it looked like windy the whole way through, maybe not getting good conditions for the light wind stuff. Today was just perfect. We started on the 8.7 rotated through a bunch of masts and different set-ups to find the sweet spot on the 8.7. Then the wind just dropped of a little and we where able to crank the 9.5 out too. It was a long day at the beach, we where flying back and forward on the water on the Magnum 135′s, but also across the beach by foot to get more stuff to try out of the van. Getting a super sweet set-up on the 8.7 and a really nice set-up on the 9,5 takes of some of the pressure on what we needed to get done this week. With only the 6.3 and 7.1 not having hit the water yet it looks like the wind will increase, so we have put the Magnums 95′s in the van and are going to be ready for some high wind action. Looks like the wind is cooperating well.

After a long day on the water, it was time for a team Dinner, with Renato, Josh and Pieter getting together for some awesome Tuna steaks and a little trip to Tarifa.

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Day 5


Today with only 2 sizes that we didn’t get to we where looking for stronger wind. The 6.3 en 7.1 where prepared in the morning, put in the van and ready to be tried out. During the day the wind was too strong, so we stayed at the loft a little longer, preparing some other things, as well as evaluating where we where at.

As the end of the afternoon came around the wind died down just enough for us to get on the 6.3. After rotating through some different masts and going through some different settings it was clear that also the 6.3 is a machine. When rigged right this sail is easy to handle. We had some super strong gusts and extremely choppy water and when set up right, we where able to power through those strong gusts with confidence and speed. While also in between the gusts the sail stayed powered up and kept us moving! About the Magnum 95 there isn’t to much to say. This board is simply awesome and when used with a good sail will take your strong wind slalom sailing to new levels! The board gives you a comfortable feeling through the strongest winds, drive through the lulls and when it’s time to turn around it gibes on a dime too!!

After sailing it was straight to the loft, organize the gear for the morning testing and then of to a nice dinner. This is one of the nice things about Tarifa, dinners are awesome and very affordable. Last night it was El Nené’s, a local steak house with steaks the size that it takes a big boy to be able to finish it. Well after a days of hard work with hard sailing we where able to get the job done!

Now all that is left is the 7.1, and to retry 7.9 en 8.7 and we can call it a successful week of testing, where we went through all the gear we had and found some sweet set-up’s

Tomorrow is another day!

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Day 6


This is also our last day, we did some 7.1 and 6.3 testing in the morning in Tarifa, but as the wind was picking up we where happy to be done and pack up the small stuff, wrapped that up. We did need to find some lighter winds so going to Loft organizing some of the stuff there to be able to go on the big sails. Then drive in the direction of Portugal away from that strong lavante. We get to a place just on the other side of Cadiz, to windy. So keep driving and we end up in Rota, with perfect 7.9 conditions. Rig up and get out ASAP. Perfect wind and pretty smooth water resulted in a super efficient test on the 7.9. Then the wind started to come down a little, so again, perfect for the 8.7. On the 8.7 we just had to confirm our previous findings and make sure that the best set-up really was the best set-up and it was.

From there we drove back to the Gun Sails loft and went to pack all our gear as this mission was over. How productive we can be in a week is incredible, we had a blast, with lots of sailing a good conditions for all the stuff we needed to do. We packed up, grabbed some dinner took a shower and started the brutal trips back home.

Another floaty aerial.

“Running from avalanches”

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I flew out of Boston just hours before the first heavy snow storm hit end of Jan. This storm was followed by 3 more and Boston received the most snowfall since the 60′s, but in fact all in one month which made it seem worse than ever. I fortunatley ran from that avalanche and arrived in Cabo verde for a few more.

Josh Angulo Windsurfing wave riding Chango Big Wave

Although Nowadays Ponta Preta is more crowded than it was 17 years ago when I first dicovered it. You still get awesome days with nobody out. This particular swell, one of our sessions in the early morning was just Kai K. , Mitu Monteiro and myself at bombing Ponta Preta and also the “right of the left”. The right off the left is the next peak over at Ponta Preta that gets really big , moves really quick and gives you the chance for 2 big bottom turn/ top turn combos before you need to quickly cut out of the big closeout that breaks in front of crazy boulders. Mitu and myself had a special session as it absolutley pumped wave after wave for an hour straight.

Josh Angulo, Windsurfing, Wave Riding, Late Hit, Chango

Josh Angulo, Windsurfing, Wave riding, Aerial, Late hit, Chango

Josh Angulo windsurfing Wave riding aerial Chango

Fellow rippers Brawzinho and Kauli also flew in for this swell and we traded off sessions at Ali Baba and Curral Jaoul. That’s the cool thing when we get a big swell in Sal . I usually just disappear from my beach club for 3 days, stopping in only in early am for breakfast and throwing a few Changos in the tuck and then in the evning for some fresh Tuna. You can pack so many amazing sessions into a short few day span that you’re usually feeling pretty satisfied .

I’m pretty excited that after so many years, I’m still able to get a big amount of excitment out of those swells , yet I’m in a position in my windsurf career where I get to just carve for myself.. No worries about judges, photos or whatever. Just enjoying it for what it is and in this case of this session was able to avoid all the avalanches both in Boston and Ponta Preta…. and come out unscathed ;)i

Josh Angulo, Widsurfing, Wave riding, Chango, Big Wave

Josh Angulo, Windsurfing, Wave Riding, Aerial, Chango

Josh Angulo Windsurfing Wave Riding Chango