Josh Angulo – Wave Comeback
The PWA final event on Sylt starts on Friday and we have spotted an unexpected name on the entry list: Josh Angulo. After his retirement from the wave discipline in 2009, the 37-year-old US boy will have his comeback in the waveriding discipline. We had a little chat with a legend, who won the PWA wave title back in 2009. In the Slalom discipline he is almost back in the top 5. Perhaps we will see a stunning performance by Josh in waves also!
C7: Josh, we spotted you on the entry list for the wave event on Sylt, Germany. That´s a big surprise! Did you have it in mind for a while?
Josh Angulo: Every now and then it has been in my mind, but I never really thought about it until about 2 weeks ago and then I decided to go for it.
C7: You have not been competing in any wave event since you´ve won the PWA title in 2009 at Sylt, where you also announced your retirement from the wave tour. And now you are going to have a comeback in your favourite discipline. What´s the reason for that decision?
Josh Angulo: I honestly got exited a few weeks back when I was wavesailing at my home spot here in Nahant. Since I have been only doing slalom it was my first time riding the new Sado and I was so blown away by this sail that I immediatley started thinking about doing the event in Sylt.
C7: Did you have it on your Point-7 contract to participate in waveevents as well or did you just miss it to compete against the young wild newschoolers?
No, I don’t have it on my contract. The first thing I did, when I thought about competing, was ask Andrea Cucchi, if he was OK with it, because I was concerned not to “embarass ” Point 7 . Andrea was supportive and told me just to have fun, so once I knew that he was cool with it, I decided go full speed and ahead and started making all my equipment arrangments.
C7: Are you well prepared and where did you sail in waves for the last time?
Josh Angulo: I sailed a small onshore session by my house here in Boston the other day. I felt great on the waves and I still could do few jumps quite OK. I believe I will have the right equipment and I have quite a bit of experience now in Sylt, which in my mind makes me well prepared.
C7: Did you improve your repertoire of moves since 2009?
Josh Angulo: I think my reperetoire in 2009 was consisting mainly of consistent, solid sailing. It’s what I hope to do again. Obviously the “kids” have some amazing stuff they are doing and I know there are areas where I can’t match them, so I will rely on my strengths and am confident that my experience will allow me a certain amount of success.
C7: You know the conditions in Sylt very well and you are well known for your aggressive style in onshore waves. Is that an advantage for you?
Josh Angulo: Sylt is extremely difficult to sail well. I grew up competing against Robby, Bjoern and Company so I havce experience from way back then. The difficulty of sailing Sylt is the only reason why I would choose to compete, because actually the conditions are an “equalizer” , so the harsh conditions will be my friend, because the gnarlier the shorebreak , the better chance I have.
C7: Is it still possible to win without nailing a double forward nowadays?
Josh Angulo: I guess, we’re about to find out
C7: How much gear will you bring for waveriding? You are competing in Slalom as well?
Josh Angulo: I’ll have 2 waveboards and 6 sails to use, and yes for sure I’m competing in slalom . It is the discipline which I am commited to both short and long term and will look to maintain my current position or move up. (Josh is currently ranked in 6th in the Slalom)
C7: What´s your personal goal for the event?
Josh Angulo: To make a respectable showing, and have fun. Since I have nothing on the line, I hope I’m able to enjoy it and not get too stressed out, but still be serious… Should be interesting.
C7: Good luck!
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