Last updated Jan 18, 2019.
A lot of sponsor deals for 2019 are sealed. Here are the latest news:
Kevin Pritchard left Starboard after many years, many victories and many titles: “Thanks for some of the best times of my life Starboard Windsurfing! From 2001 until now you have always supported me the best way you could. Thank you very much for everything!”
Arnon Dagan leaves RRD. “Time to say goodbye. It’s been 6 amazing seasons with RRD International but all good things must come to an end.” Arnon Dagan
Maui based top wave rider and multiple Aloha Classic winner Morgan Noireaux left S2Maui after one season and returns to NeilPryde, his first sail sponsor in his career. Morgan Noireaux: “Back for some new adventures with Neilpryde was my very first sail sponsor back when I was 11 years old. A lots changed since then but it feels good to be back.”
Kurosh Kiani has left Point-7: “I´m announcing that after a 5 year adventure, I will not be representing the sail brand Point-7 anymore, neither on or off the water. After mutual good faith and relationship over the years, our core values simply dont align anymore. I thank them for all of their support in me over the years, which I appreciate, and wish them all of the best of success in the future years.”
After a very successful season Maciek Rutkowski leaves I-99. The latest rumors on his new board sponsor are that he is going to join the new board brand FMX Racing from Finian Maynard.
Top freestyler Steven van Broeckhoven, the PWA freestyle World Champion in 2011, left JP-Australia. We have no update yet what board brand he will join.
Ben van der Steen left I-99 and changed to Goya. Ben states about his change to Goya: “I am very happy to announce that I will be joining Goya Boards as a racer and also as part of the r&d of the new Proton Boards!! It all started off with me and Lalo joking about joining Goya, but when we sat down and had a look at it, it looked pretty good for working something out. We got to an agreement pretty quick after that. I am looking forward to get on the new boards and start the racing season on these new yellow rockets!! On the sail side I have extended my contract with GunSails for another year and for wetsuits, harnesses and clothing I will also stay with Brunotti!”
Taty Frans is not an GA anymore and joins Point-7. It’s not official yet but this pic is the evidence. These tattoos are Taty’s tattoos.
Camille Juban leaves Simmer Sails and joins S2 Maui. S2 Maui: “This will be an exciting collaboration which fits perfectly with S2Maui‘s philosophy to always push for innovative, next level performance. Looking forward to the next swell!”
Italian wave rider Andrea Franchini rides full on Simmer. In the past he was on I-99/Severne.
Kauli Seadi, Finian Maynard, Ben van der Steen, Serena Zoia, Ramon Pastor Maltas, Matteo & Nicolo Spanu are not on I-99 in 2019 anymore.
New names have joined the I-99 World Team 2019: freestyle top ranked rider Yentel Caers (B-16) left JP-Australia. The renewed slalom fleet with experienced Antoine Questel (FRA-99), who left Starboard, the young slalom rider Basile Jacquin (FRA-498) and the Italian Bruno Martini (ITA-160), Andrea Ferin (ITA-111), who were on RRD, will battle on the Slalom and Foil fields. Fujiko Onishi (J-94), Akinori Goshi (JPN-1), Leon Delle (GER-6) complete the racing team.
The “double loops master” Josep Pons (E-203), who left Simmer Sails is the one to look after on the upcoming 2019 PWA Wave Tour with the full motivation to reach top wave ranking. Josep will also develop the future I-99 wave boards at his ideal test and training spots in Gran Canaria. Patrick Vigouroux, world class wave rider will provide his technical experience for R&D and new wave designs at I-99.
Following I-99 freestyle riders are confirmed: the Caribbeans Youp Schmit (NB-12) and Davis Paternina (V-04), the young talented Eugenio Marconi (ITA-312) together with our “Team Germany” riders Johanna Rümenapp (GER-190), Valentin Böckler (G-315) and Niclas Nebelung (GER-584), who are also involved in the EFTP and promoting the brand in all the German events and contests.
Iballa and Daida Ruano Moreno left Starboard and signed a deal with the Severne boards program. They have been using Severne sails for some years already and will now ride with Severne boards, too. Ben Severne: “Stoked to have Iballa and Daida riding our boards – they’re some of the most professional windsurfers ever, and most importantly they rip. I’m inspired by all the work they put into events and also women’s windsurfing. Their love of the sport is obvious, and windsurfing is just much better due to their involvement. Having them represent our brand is an absolute honor.”
Ricardo Campello announced not to ride on Point-7 in 2019: “Very sad to announce that I won’t be riding Point-7 sails for 2019, after 4 great years with great results it’s time to say good bye and thank you for the good and bad things! I still don’t have a position for 2019 but soon I will be letting you know my plans!”
French freestyle windsurfing pro Nicolas Akgazciyan joined JP-Australia/NeilPryde. The last sponsors of the 33 year old Frenchman from Leucate were I-99 and Challenger Sails.
Italian racer Bruno Martini left Point-7 and will sail with ChallengerSails.
„I’m really happy about my new sail sponsor. I immediately had a really good feeling when I went in the water with my new stuff, I felt solid and confident, more then ever. I will take part in all the Foil and Slalom events and I am training as much as possible with the foil to be competitive. For sure I’m aiming to the top,“ says Bruno about his change.
The F2 team is growing again: Italian freestyle windsurfer Marco Vinante joined F2 international as his new board sponsor and will keep on going with Point-7 as his sail sponsor.
UK freestyler Jamie Howard will ride for F2 international. He was on JP-Australia/Severne.
Young Italian freestyle talent Ben Masoner joined F2 international. Austrian freestyler Paul Simmerl rides 100% on F2, boards & sails. He left Challenger Sails after one year.
French world class racer Cyril Moussilmani will ride 100% for RRD in 2019. He left Severne Sails after he has been under the flag of the Australian brand for 7 years. He developed a new weapon together with John Skye, the new X-Wing MK I. It’s his second season with RRD, where he signed a two years contract. “It’s the first time in the RRD history that a top level slalom racer is full equipped with RRD products,” RRD stated.
Gabriel “Varruxx” Varrucciu is not on Naish anymore. He is national team rider for Tabou/Gaastra now.
Freestyle youngsters from Slovenia, Lina & Val Erzen, join the Duotone team.
French racing expert Alexandre Cousin will not ride for GA Sails anymore. He joined the French sail and foil producer Phantom International “He will compete in both discipline foiling (with IRIS RF) and slalom (with IRIS R) including PWA Tour.” Emmanuel Massiaen, international sales & marketing manager Phantom International
Alexandre will be the team mate of windfoiling expert Thomas Goyard, who joined Phantom International earlier in the year already.
Estonian slalom champion Tristen Erik Kivi joined Starboard. He was on Patrik the last two years. He will stay with Point-7. In 2019 he wants to compete in all PWA events.
Young motivated freestyle windsurfer Eilan “Pini” Wilson from Eilat, Israel will not be on Point-7 anymore, he joined Challenger Sails for 2019. Pini has been with Point-7 for 3 years!
Estonian freestyler and wave rider Tony Möttus, who lives in Vietnam and runs a watersport camp there, started a collaboration with the custom made brand Onehundred Boardz from Slovenia. Finally he found a board sponsor after many years without any support!