Former JP/Neilpryde rider and 3 x World Champion, Kauli Seadi has made a dramatic move away from NeilPryde. In an unexpected twist, Kauli announced in an interview with continentseven.com that he changed because he was looking to change his approach to the tour. He said that “I believe in myself and the collaboration with NeilPryde splitted because we had different approaches in the sport. I have the passion for wave-riding and they only care about competition, but the way the competition was I had no more motivation to compete. So I decided to do a year off the PWA tour and I plan to do a trip together with my girlfriend on my catamaran sailing boat along the coast of Brazil. I want to search for sports for windsurfing, kitesurfing and SUP. All will be filmed for a TV channel in Brazil called “OFF” and I plan to have stories with pictures and an intro clip for windsurfing magazines. Once I am done with this project my plan is to continue to search for many more spots around the globe. I will finally start to do my dream tour.”
In his defiance against what many already believed to be a one sided PWA Wave World Tour, Kauli stated that he will only return to the tour if there are plans for stops that feature side-off down the line wave riding conditions.
A bold stand from the world famous windsurfer. We also want to hear from you, was this a good move? Should the world tour have more varied conditions? Should it only contain down-the-line side-off events or should it be mixed up? Let us know in the comments below.
For now we’ve got an exclusive shot (above) of Kauli as well as this video clip of him during one of his first test runs on his new sails. Let us just point out at this time he still remains on JP boards and intends do so for the foreseeable future.