From April 15 until April 22 the first event of the IWT (former AWT) took place at Cape Hatteras. Cape Hatteras in North Carolina is a spring-time destination for Central and East Coast Canadian and US windsurfers. Canadian freestyle pro Phil Soltysiak was there and besides taking part in the competitions and show events he ran a freestyle clinic.
Phil Soltysiak: “I’ve been running a freestyle clinic this week throughout the OBX-wind event and it’s a ton of fun. I probably have some of the coolest and most stoked students that are learning everything from Duck jibes to Flakas. OBX-Wind is probably the biggest windsurfing event in the US with 177 racers taking part in the long distance race. It brings amateur windsurfers together for a fun race and freestyle show to kick off their windsurfing season. A big thanks to Jean-Robert from Makani Fins and Mike Burns for putting together such a fun event.”
Phil Soltysiak at the OBX Windsurfing Festival 2017
Interview with Phil Soltysiak about the OBX Windsurfing Festival 2017
IWT: Congratulations on your win! How would you describe the energy surrounding the freestyle event?
Phil Soltysiak: The energy was firing surrounding the best move contest. Everybody was stoked after 2 long distance races, so after 40km of racing we took all the guys who were busting moves all week and put them in a 15 minute best move freestyle show. It was a low pressure really fun show for the racers who were hanging out and watching on the beach.
IWT: Where do you go to train for freestyle?
Phil Soltysiak: This winter I trained in Jericoacoara, Brazil and Cape Town, South Africa.
IWT: What is your dream windsurfing location?
Phil Soltysiak: Jericoacoara in Brazil is my dream windsurfing location.
IWT: What is your calendar of events for the year?
Phil Soltysiak: I plan to compete on the PWA World Tour in Freestyle and do a few of the bigger North American events too. Follow my blog to read and see my inside scoop from all those events!
IWT: Does your hair ever look wet??
Phil Soltysiak: My hair is ALWAYS wet. If you don’t crash you’re not having fun!…unless you’re racing of course.
Best Freestyle Move – Results
1. Phil Soltysiak (Kono ankle dry)
2. Mike Burns (Burner 540)
3. Alex Mertens (Switch Kono)
4. Chris Eldridge (E-Slider)
5. Tom Soltysiak (Spock 540)
6. Max Robinson (Dry Forward Loop)
7. Adrian (Forward Loop)
8. Jonathan Erbele (Duck Jibe)