Challenger Sails challenges together this year! Angulo, Ferin and Rutkowski made it to the finals in South Korea!!
The Challenger Racing team is on a real mission this year. All three riders, Josh Angulo, Andrea Ferin and Maciek Rutkowski, made it to winner finals in Jinha, South Korea, the second tour stop of the PWA World Tour. Maciek finished 12th in the Slalom discipline, almost won a final and made it in 9th in the Foiling. Overall he is ranked 8th in Slalom and 13th in Foiling after two valid events.
Italian Slalom Champion Andrea Ferin is ranked 19th overall in Slalom and 28th in Foiling. He made it in excellent 20th place in Jinha Beach, South Korea and finished the Foiling in 26th.
Josh Angulo participated in a Slalom for the first time in South Korea. It was the first test for his Challenger Sails and he made it it in 25th position
Maciek Rutkowski, ranked 8th in the Slalom PWA ranking in 2018, about South Korea: “What an event in Korea! Pretty much all time! I used everything from 8.6m down to 6.2m and pretty much felt great on every size. It’s good to know because before the season starts you have an idea, but never really know 100%! I started well, with a 2nd in the first elimination and I continued to pass my quarterfinal, but it got abandoned and returned the next day. Unfortunately there I did a small overearly and was out. Next round I was fighting like crazy in the quarters but crashed and got eliminated again. Finally on the last elimination I got to the winners final pretty smoothly and got a good start there. I managed to stay focused and on trim the whole way down the straight and jibed in 1st. Emotions were running high, but I just focused to get a good 2nd jibe and thats what happened. I pulled away by probably 5-8 board lenghts and my first bullet in slalom was pretty much achieved. Until at the end of the 3rd straight I just felt my board stopped and catapulted like a medieval siege machine! I couldn’t freakin believe it!! I was pretty upset and wanted the judges to rerun the final in better water conditions as not only I hit something, also Antoine and Enrico had seaweed. But from perspective I see that it was a tough call and I’m now at piece with what happened. Just really really wanna get another opportunity like that as you don’t win a PWA final every day!! Last day was all about foiling and again I started well and was leading after two eliminations. But somebody told me that and I think it messed with my heat a bit. Not sure what happened but I had 2 bad races in a row and dropped like a stone on the rankings. Finished 9th, which maybe isn’t bad, but I don’t think it reflects the potential of my gear and my skillset. Really looking forward to Costa Brava now, I’ll fly out on Friday, June 1st!“