Kono on Rietvlei - Photo by Kiril Umrikhin

Classic Cape Town

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The wind blows nearly every day in the Cape Town area. Most days it’s a matter of looking out the window to know what the wind’s going to do, while others take serious meteorological analysis to know where to invest your gas money. Here is what one of the more common windsurfing days in Cape […]

Heading to the water at Melkbos on a busy day - photo by Ryan Allderman

2017 is on!

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I’m seriously stoked on how my 2016 shaped up, and if the first few adventures of 2017 are a sign of things to come, it will be another epic year…less the car accident I’ll probably get into! This driving on the left and sitting on the right thing here in Cape Town is from another […]

Phil Soltysiak Backloop at Praia de Malhada - photo by Winnie Pix

Secrets of Jeri

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So we continue with the eat, sleep, windsurf theme of my blog. After all that’s pretty much all I do. So in this post you’ll read about bakeries, what I do when I should be sleeping in Jeri, and I’ll even squeeze in a bit about windsurfing. Food secrets – bakeries!!! There are numerous bakeries […]

Caju fruit ready to be eaten in the equipment storage at Club Ventos.

4 Jeri Foods

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My top 4 Jeri Foods: Kiwiroska, Abacaxiroska, Maracujaroska and Caipirinhas. No…just kidding ;-)… Every person organizes their life priorities differently – some opt for party, sleep, windsurf, eat, others for eat, sleep, party, windsurf. I prioritize eating, and as good as the windsurfing and nightlife is in Jeri, I return every year looking forward to the food. […]

4.7m Sailworks Revolution and 93l Starboard Flare

DAM X European Tour

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After the Sylt PWA event I had a 2 day break at my  friend Steven’s house in Belgium, then we went straight to Holland to probably the coolest windsurfing center ever, and the European Freestyle Pro Tour Dam X contest. Brouwersdam is probably the coolest windsurfing center I’ve ever seen. It’s October, between 7 and […]

Phil Soltysiak checking the flags at the PWA World Cup Sylt Grand Slam

5th in the World!

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1 drive, 3 flights, and 2 trains is all I needed to get myself and my life packed in a suitcase and board bags to Sylt, Germany. All that effort paid off as I boosted my world ranking to a career high 5th place, and finished the Sylt Windsurf World Cup PWA Grand Slam in […]

The sun goes down at Sauble Beach

3 Weeks at Home

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Although generally the fall is decent for windsurfing in Southern Ontario, these last couple weeks have been below average. I still managed to squeeze in 5 days of windsurfing at some of the classic spots around here including: Sherkston Shores on Lake Erie, the Toronto Windsurfing Club at Cherry Beach on Lake Ontario, and both […]

Backlooping at the Hatchery - photo by Brian Sprout - rider Phil Soltysiak

End of Summer

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Or is it?… I just got home to Toronto from 4 weeks of chasing wind up and down the Columbia River Gorge and it’s probably the hottest day I’ve experienced all summer – 42 degrees here in Canada! That’s 107.6 Fahrenheit in American 😉 Four weeks is my record  for how long I stayed in Hood […]