The latest transfer move of the close season officially sees former two-time world champion Josh Angulo (Angulo / S2Maui) join S2Maui, which also sees him rejoining forces with Art Szpunar and Barry Spanier with whom he last experienced major success with on the world tour.
Josh Angulo upon joining S2Maui: "Aloha, first and foremost I'd like to send my thanks to Art and Barry for getting me back with the team where I had my last major competitive success. Having worked with Art and Barry in the past and understanding the "performance first” philosophy that Art now fully has free reign which was the push to get me excited to jump on a plane to Maui and go test the sails. Although being a super mellow character, Art to me is somewhat of a perfectionist and has the tutoring of Barry Spanier who has more windsurf sailmaking experience than anybody who is currently involved in windsurfing.... period!
The boys also had the wisdom to officially involve Micah Buzianis, as their main tester / developer, and for me that was the safety net to know that for sure the direction would be a consistent and smart one for the years to come as besides being a personal friend, I know Micah to be one of the most clear-cut /no-nonsense sail testers in the world, as well with more knowledge and experience than many of the new "experts" out there.
The final and most important decision on riding S2Maui, was the sails themselves. With the race sails: a combination of forward draft /light backhand pressure, total stability, pumpability, ease of rotation and the sail being the lightest sail on the market pretty much blew my mind when I jumped on them. The wavesails felt great when I tested them on Maui, but I really felt the difference when I got to Cabo Verde and got them in the gusty tricky conditions of Ponta Preta. My ability to catch waves increased 10 fold with the uber-efficient pumping and every movement of the sail transferred directly into efficiency. Once on the wave the lightness and stability in the sail brought my level back to when I was 30 years old and in my prime. I feel like I haven’t lost a step and a big reason is getting on these S2's....... I definitely want to windsurf more again!
Artur Szpunar: “Working with Josh in the past was always a pleasure and also led to some great competition success including the 2009 PWA wave title. I had been hoping for an opportunity to work together again for some time and fortunately it all clicked this season. Josh is certainly one of the greatest natural talents in windsurfing and also a motivated and inspiring ambassador on and off the water. We’re stoked!
See Josh Angulo tagging waves in Maui and Cabo Verde @ vimeo.com/200117995.