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TEST – ANGULO CV-1

Angulo lay claim to the CV-1 being ‘the most versatile board in windsurfing’, designed to cover everything from flat water blasting to front side waveriding. That’s a very bold claim, so we sent Adrian Jones to find out if it could hold up under scrutiny.


Price:
1449 Euros (Approx £1,020)

Volume: 100 litres
Length: 240cm
Max width: 61cm
Tail width (@30cm): 40cm
Weight bare: 6.63kg
Weight freeride mode: 7.85kg
Weight wave mode: 7.66kg
Freeride fin: 34cm
Wave fin: 26cm

Angulo are on a bit of a resurgence at the moment. With PWA racer Pieter Bijl pushing the brand hard across Europe, and their incredible prices (this full carbon deck board retails for just 1449 Euros) it would be no surprise if we start to see a few more Angulo’s at our local beaches over the coming years. For those of you who don’t know, the brand has some serious heritage. Based in Maui and named after the legendary Angulo family, whose two offspring Josh and Mark ended up doing rather well for themselves over the years! Josh has 2 world wave titles to his name and is currently right up there on the World slalom tour, whilst Mark was pioneer to many of the wave moves we see today.

The CV-1 is a board that Angulo seems genuinely quite excited about and understandably so. As far as I am aware, there are no other boards that claim to offer this much range of performance from one single shape; from freeride, right through to wave.

First impressions
It’s been a while since we’ve seen an Angulo board in the flesh, but these new ones look nice. Hull weight is pretty good indeed at just 6.63kg’s bare and the quality of fittings (straps, pads and fin) is right up there.

There is nothing unusual with regard the basic dimensions. A length of 240cm and max width of 61cm puts it ever so slightly on the narrower and longer side of the average freeride board of this size, but nothing significant.

As standard the board comes with just one powerbox fin – a freeride 34cm. This does seem a little mean considering that to use this board as intended will require two fins. The decals on the bottom of the board may claim that “Jesus loves you”, but clearly not enough to gift you with two fins! Although I guess that the money you could potentially save buying this board (at 1449 Euros) more than justifies the cost of an extra fin. A 26cm wave fin is the perfect addition for use in waves.

The footstraps offer an outboard freeride configuration and an inboard, single back strap, wave option.

For freeride
We first tried the board in freeride mode, with straps outboard, 34cm standard fin and the mast track in the middle with our 6.6m rotation sail. To give the CV-1 a proper run for its money, we matched it up against the much-acclaimed Fanatic Gecko and JP’s Magic ride, just to see how it would fair against some of the best, dedicated freeride boards.

On the water, as a freeride board, the CV-1 is certainly convincing. It feels longer, narrower and a little more ‘old school’ in the way it rides compared with the modern wide-style freeride boards. This means that it has less of a ‘skimming off the tail’ sensation and instead feels more reactive and in contact with the water, which is no bad thing. It just makes the rider feel more involved.

With a 6.6m the CV-1 was perfectly at home. It’s not going to be the fastest freeride board on the water or the earliest planing, but the narrower width and softer rails make it feel very playful and makes you want to gybe and jump your way into rougher and rougher water. Control is excellent, with the board staying nicely planted even in the biggest of gusts. At times we did feel that the back strap could do with being a bit further back, but generally it felt very well balanced with the 6.6m.

To test its freeriding capabilities to the max (and what we expected to be past the limit), we then paired it with a 7.3m twin cam. Full credit to the CV-1, it handled it without any drama. Sure, a wider board will help get you through the lulls more and perhaps keep those lighter wind gybes on the plane a little easier, but it really wasn’t bad at all.

As a stand alone freeride board, we would say it’s actually pretty good, particularly for more coastal, bumpy conditions. It definitely has a more traditional feel to the ride and leans more towards rougher conditions and smaller sails, but there is no doubt that even with a 7.3m twin cam on flat water, this 100 litre freeride has every right to claim itself a ‘freeride’ board. So the big question now is can the CV-1 also be a wave board…?

In the waves
We’ve been short of wind for several months now in North Wales, so when the first windy day came and it was blowing solid 5.0m weather, with sun and head to logo high waves, I have to be absolutely honest and say I wasn’t jumping up and down with excitement at trying the 100 litre CV-1.

To be frank, judging by the way the CV-1 performed as a freeride board, I had little faith it was going to be much cop as a wave board. Never-the-less, as I walked down the beach with my 5.0m, noticing that most people were now on 4.7m’s, I took solace in the fact that if it didn’t turn in the waves, I could at least conclude things pretty quickly and get on my proper wave board to have some fun!

However, off the beach, the acceleration was great. Compared with Freeride boards, it may have had to work hard to keep up, but against wave boards, this thing is a rocket ship. I was worried that due to its size, it might feel a bit of an ‘ankle breaker’ when landing proper jumps, but in fact it wasn’t bad at all. You do notice its size in the air, but with all that speed and control it’s a top board for boosting big jumps on. But that alone is not enough to make it a wave board…

A wave board has to turn, and not just little backside wiggles, but proper front side turns. As I banked into my first frontside turn, onto a decent logo-high swell, I waited for the rail to catch, so I could quickly wrap up my conclusion that the CV-1 is not a wave board. But to my surprise, the rail didn’t catch. In fact the board just kept turning until I was pointing right back up at the section. As it hit the section the board snapped back around towards the beach and that was that…I just linked two proper turns together on a board that I expected to be just a freeride board.

Rather than race back to the beach and get my own wave board, I stayed out on the CV-1 for quite some time and not just because I had to, but because I actually wanted to! Now don’t get me wrong, the CV-1 is not going to out-turn a multi-fin, dedicated wave board. To some extent, you have to follow the bottom turn radius that the board wants to take, rather than necessarily the one you might want to take, but in term of manners on the wave face, the CV-1 is astonishingly good for a board that has this much capability as a freeride board.

For blasting out and jumping, it’s right up there with the best of wave boards (of this size) and for wave riding, it’s hanging in there (just) with the dedicated wave boards of comparable size.

Overall
We have to admit to being very pleasantly surprised. The CV-1 is genuinely a board that can be blasted around on flat water with sails of up to 7.5m and also used as a proper wave board, albeit with a jumping bias and for heavier riders (85kg’s and over) right down to potentially 4.5m weather thanks to it’s great control.

It will never be the best board on the water in any given condition, but we can pretty much guarantee that it will be the only board on the water in all conditions!

Well done Angulo, you could be on to something big with this concept and the price is phenomenal in relation to the competition…we already know Jesus loves you, but we also think a few more windsurfers (albeit Christian ones!) might once they try the CV-1.

 

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