Belgium Yentel Caers (19), who was on Fanatic/ NorthSails and was ranked 5th in the EFPT and 28th on the PWA tour, with only attending two events. He recently travelled to France and Spain, together with his fellow countryman and Steven and Broeckhoven. “I’m really happy that JP-Australia, NeilPryde and NP-waterwear will support me in 2015. The change is really important for me. The change is really important for me. They will help me to get to the top and give me the support to be able to compete in PWA and EFPT events. The new gear feels really comfortable for me. It has a lot of power, speed and pop for my moves. My plan for the next year is to train as much as possible and to compete in all the events and of course having fun on the water together with my friends. In the January I will travel to Cape Town to get ready for the next season.” Yentel Caers
Omar Sanchez, wave windsurfer from Gran Canaria and ranked 17th overall on the PWA Tour in 2014, left Loft Sails after two years and signed with KA Sails for two seasons. Peter Weitenberg (KA) will support the 23 year-old rider, who definitely goes big in side onshore port tack conditions, as he most of the time trains at Pozo Izquierdo.
“Loft Sails decided to stop collaborating with me for next year, so I needed to find some sponsor for the 2015 season. The best option for me was KA Sails. I thought it is a small brand and can grow with them. Now we’re also working on some small changes for 2016. The 2015 sails go very well and work amazing for me. Lighter, compact… I have a lot of motivation on this project and I want to thank Peter Weitenberg for trusting in me and helping me in my career.” Omar Sanchez
“Watching this talented windsurfer grow since his debut in the PWA in 2007, convinced us that great results lie in Omar’s future and we are certain that with our full support and KA gear, we can help him to the next level and secure a top 10 spot in the overall PWA Wave Tour rankings for 2015! We certainly hope to see Omar out on the water as much as possible and wish him the best of luck on next years’ Tour! For the team we will also work in 2015 with Gautier Bourgeois, French talanted speed slalom rider. He participated at Luderitz in 2013 and we aim to get him there in 2015 again. French rider Jocelyn de Souza will be back after a few year Loft sail he wanted to get back to his first sail sponser. Milan Gielingh (Cur-28), talented young gun from Curacao who is with us a few years already will be helped out in 2015 with slalom gear and our new to be released KAOS freestyle sail. Chris Lockwood joins us again in 2015 after a few years on Neil Pryde” Peter Weitenberg, KA Sails
After one year with JP, young racer Enrico Marotti (Cro-401) from Rijeka, Croatia, joins RRD. The 23 year old Croatian already tested new boards with his new teammate Arnon Dagan in Italy and will be in the same team with 2014 Slalom world champion Antoine Albeau, who continued his contract with RRD. Enrico had an ok PWA season, finishing overall in 38th and secured a guaranteed place for 2015, but missed two compete at two events. His highlight of the season was the victory at the IFCA Slalom Europeans on Brac, Croatia.
Talented Slovenian Slalom windsurfer Jan Kosmina (Slo-9), who did very well at the IFCA Europeans and participated in a few PWA Slalom World Cups during the past years, will be supported by Fanatic and North Sails. He was on Starboard/NeilPryde in the past.
Portuguese Martim Monteiro (POR-13), one of Portugal’s best Slalom racer – he participated in IFCA And PWA events in 2014, will be on Fanatic/North Sails/ION for 2015. He was on Angulo/GunSails.
German wave rider Leon Jamaer (G-208) joined the team of K-4 fins for 2015.
“I tried different K4 fins during the season and really liked their performance. The slightly softer materials bring a lot of control, whether its windy and rough Denmark or pumping Hookipa – the fins gave me a lot of confidence and allowed me to fully follow my intuitions while riding a wave. I am also stoked to be able to work with Steve Thorp on a signature fin to find the best mix of control, speed and release for my Quads in Euro conditions. K4 Fins have a great concept and Team behind it and I am happy to be part of it from now on!” Leon Jamaer
The Italian racer Malte Reuscher will leave Challenger Sails and RRD and will be on Neilpryde and JP in 2015.